Savile’s DJ friend to be sentenced


Published: Thursday 11th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile will be sentenced today for a string of historical sex offences committed against 11 women.

Ex-Radio Caroline DJ Ray Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his underage victims aged between 13 and 15.

Teret – known as Ugly Ray – was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career and was described as following him around “like a shadow”, his trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Last week a jury found him guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults which took place between 1963 and 1979. He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.

In the wake of the trial, Greater Manchester Police confirmed it is investigating fresh sex allegations against Teret made by four other women.

Teret, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, told the jury he had no interest in underage teenage girls, despite a previous conviction for sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl in 1999 – which he continues to deny.

Opening the case, prosecutor Tim Evans said: “The Crown say that young teenage girls, far from doing nothing for him, were consistently pursued by him through the 60s and 70s.”

Many of the victims were starstruck with DJs who were treated like “royalty” in that era, said Mr Evans.

He said: ”The basic set-up, the background is the same – a naive girl who has the headlights of fame shone on her, who is taken to a flat and without any understanding of what is going on, has a male many years older having sex with her.”

Giving evidence, Teret told the prosecutor that men who pounced on a girl and hoped to get away with it “want shooting” and he had never been in that situation.

He said: “I only make love. Not sex, sir. I only make love with ladies who want to make love with me.”

Teret was cleared of aiding and abetting Savile to rape a 15-year-old girl in the early 1960s but was found guilty himself of raping the same complainant.

He was remanded in custody last Friday following the jury’s verdicts.

Published: Thursday 11th December 2014 by The News Editor

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