Former DJ Ray Teret ‘has previous conviction for sexual offence against underage girl’, court hears

Ray Teret, 73, faces historical sexual allegations from 17 women who say he sexually abused them on various decades from the 1960s to the 1990s

Ray Teret

A former pirate radio DJ accused of raping a woman with Jimmy Savile has a previous conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with an underage girl, a jury heard today.
Ray Teret, 73, faces historical sexual allegations from 17 women who say he sexually abused them on various decades from the 1960s to the 1990s.
One of the alleged victims says she was raped aged 15 by Teret almost immediately after she was raped by Savile in a flat when the defendant had driven her from a disco.
Ex-Radio Caroline DJ Teret, of Altrincham , Greater Manchester, denies 18 rapes, two other serious sexual assaults, one attempted rape, 11 indecent assaults and two counts of indecency with a child.
Before he went into the witness box at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to give evidence in his defence the jury was told that Teret was convicted in March 1999 of having unlawful intercourse with a girl under 16. He had pleaded not guilty at Manchester Crown Court to the offence committed in February 1998.
Outlining his personal background, Teret told his barrister, Nicholas Johnson, how he first met Savile in the late 1950s when the then Mecca dancehall manager presented him with £5 for winning a singing contest at The Plaza ballroom in Oxford Street, Manchester.
Teret said: “He was not known as Jimmy Savile then. It was Mr Savile. Black shirt, straight hair. He gave me the money. He didn’t know who I was.”
He was later given a job there as a cleaner in return for his sixpence entry, he said.
Teret went on to become a waiter at The Ritz ballroom in Manchester city centre and it was there that he met Savile again who remembered him as “the singer”.
Mr Johnson asked him: “Did he offer you a job?”
The defendant replied: “He said he had now left Mecca and said he was going to open a club in Broughton.
“He said he was going to run it. Salford Council had offered him this building to see if he could make some business. Saturday night was empty and would he like to set up a disco for over-16s.
“He wanted me to be a trainee disc jockey. That I would learn how to do it properly, how to do the presentation, how to make people dance and not stop.
“The fact that Mr Savile had two decks himself and he was in this hall on the stage that was quite high, I was quite excited to be in that environment.”
He said that initially Savile wanted him to come down to what became Jimmy Savile’s Disc Club and observe from the back of the hall.
“I had to sit there for the whole four hours and at the end of it Mr Savile would say ‘see you next week’,” he told the jury. “That was it for four weeks.”
At the end of the fourth week he told him to come in at 7am the next week, he said.
Teret: “He explained how to count the beats on the record, the tempo. How to project to the back of the hall rather than shouting, things like that.
“He told me to do the first hour which was nerve-wracking. I was learning to be a disc jockey.
“He said to me if I came every week he would give me five shillings for my bus fare.”
Mr Johnson asked him if there were rules at the club about fraternising with customers.
He replied: “When I first came in my job was to walk around and say good evening to everyone but we could not fraternise as in boyfriend/girlfriend ways.”
Savile lived in a Victorian house in Great Clowes Street, Higher Broughton, near to the club, the jury has heard.
Asked to describe the property, Teret said: “It was a big old rambling Victorian square building. A house of three floors, totally detached. It was like a haunted house on the corner.”
He said that Savile lived alone there.
He continued: “It was a joke really. It was derelict, the whole house. There were no lights in the corridor. The door had no proper handle on it.
“There was just one room at the front. When he moved into it all the plaster had come off the walls. He got a doorman he knew to fill it all in matt black.
“He didn’t have a televison. He didn’t have a kettle.”
Two other men are on trial with Teret.
Alan Ledger, 62, from Altrincham, denies a serious sexual assault, an indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child.
A third defendant, William Harper, 65, of Stretford , denies one count of attempted rape.

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