| -0.1°C Dublin

A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile has been convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults 'star-struck' girls as young as 13.

A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile has been convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults 'star-struck' girls as young as 13.

Ex-Radio Caroline DJ Ray Teret (73) used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on many of his victims.

Teret was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career and was described as following him around 'like a shadow', Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Teret attempted to distance himself from his former mentor Jimmy Savile (inset). He claimed that contrary to press reports they were not close, he had never lived with him, nor acted as his chauffeur.

Salisbury-born Teret also denied he had appeared on screen with him on BBC's Top Of The Pops, where Savile was said to have introduced him "as my friend Ray Teret".

Teret said: "He didn't introduce me to anyone. He would say this is my driver, my mechanic, my cleaner. He would make up something, whatever dream came into his head. 'My accountant', he would call me most times."

Teret said he first met Savile in the late 1950s when he presented the then teenager with £5 for winning a singing contest at a Manchester ballroom.

ballroom

Teret went on to become a waiter at The Ritz ballroom in Manchester city centre in the early 1960s and it was there that he met Savile again. He was then offered a job at his Jimmy Savile Disc Club in Higher Broughton.

Teret said: "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.

Eight months later he cut ties with Savile, he claimed, and went on to host his own DJ nights at the Beat City cellar club in Manchester.

In 1965, he landed a job at pirate station Radio Caroline - his signature tune being Jungle Fever by The Tornados.

After working there for 12 months on a then princely weekly wage of £850, he opened up a clothes boutique in the Isle of Man.

He said he wanted to cash-in on the Carnaby Street fashion craze at the time but the island proved not to be the ideal location and he lost his savings.

In 1970, back in Manchester he set up his own DJing business with his father. He also helped run a music shop in south Manchester and was a presenter on the city's Radio Piccadilly.

His regional fame grew and he drove luxury cars with personalised number plates.

Teret claimed he was not in regular contact with Savile from the mid-'60s to the end of the '70s and said Savile never phoned him personally in that period.

He said: "He disappeared from Manchester and went back to Leeds. On an odd occasion when he came over I got a message saying Savile is going to be at the fire station or at the town hall or wherever and would you meet him, and I went."

Asked about a photograph of himself sitting next to Savile in deckchairs, he denied it was a holiday snap.

He said he thought it was taken in Blackpool in 1978 and the occasion was "a handicapped children's outing which Mr Savile did".

The pair did travelled together to the Jersey Flower Festival in the early 1970s. Teret wrote about this in a book manuscript entitled The DJ's Bible, which police recovered on his arrest.

genius

In the journal, in which Teret described Savile as "a genius", Teret said he loaded the car on to the ferry and then drove to appearances.

But he denied being Savile's chauffeur for a time in the 1960s.

Teret went on to work for Signal Radio in Staffordshire and later put adverts in Loot claiming to be a pop impresario looking for a talented singer.

He was jailed for six months in 1999 after he was found guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl when he was aged 57.

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy