23 September 2017   |  Last Updated 19-12-2014 04:02

      Ex-DJ Ray Teret jailed for sex offences against young girls

      ‘MANIPULATIVE and dangerous’ former DJ and close friend of Jimmy Savile, Ray Teret has been sentenced to 25 years in jail after a string of historical sex offences on girls as young as 12.

       

      The public gallery cheered and clapped while ’monster’Teret, was found guilty by a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today for seven counts of rape and 11 counts of indecent assaults on teenage girls spanning over 35 years.

       

      The 73-year-old is said to have used his celebrity status to groom and prey on six of his vulnerable victims, aged 12 to 15, in night clubs and youth organised discos throughout the 1960 and 1970s. However five of his victims were said to be ‘awed’by Teret’s star status that they consented to having sex with him. Mr Justice Baker claimed that some victims needed psychiatric and medical treatment or self-harmed causing complications for them developing relationships with partners and their own children.

       

      Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brook said; “After decades of hiding behind the veneer of being a distinguished radio presenter, Ray Teret has finally been exposed as the manipulative and dangerous sexual predator that he is.”

       

      Some of a the former Radio Caroline DJ’s victims were present at the court and erupted with cheers and applauds while the verdict was read with rejoicing ‘yes’while another victim branded the convicted peadophile a  ‘monster’. Teret is said to have no reaction to their jubilations.

       

      Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur told jurors during the trial that he had no interest in underage girls however his most previous sexual offence conviction was with a 15-year-old in 1999.

       

      The ex-Picadilly Radio presenter from Altrincham will face imprisonment for sex offences against 11 women after he denied 18 rapes, one attempted rape, two serious sexual assaults, 12 indecent assaults and one count of indecency with a child.

       

      Also known as ‘Ugli Ray’, he was a close friend and former colleague of Jimmy Savile and was cleared of the other charges after a 10 day deliberation by the jury.

       

      The court heard that Teret was described as following Savile around “like a shadow”and allegations were made that he committed one of his disgusting acts in his flat while Savile was present. However, Teret was charged with the rape of the 15-year-old in this act, there is no proof of Savile aiding and abetting.

       

      Victims of Teret came forward following the public accusations around peadophile Savile in October 2012 leading to Teret’s arrest a month later at his home in Altrincham.

       

      Greater Manchester Police are now investigating more abuse accusations from four women who have come forward in wake of the trail.

       

      By Tamsin Dyson

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