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Sunday 26 January 2020

Savile’s former chauffeur Ray Teret bailed on sex offences

Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile's former flatmate and chauffeur was today released on bail after appearing at Manchester City Magistrates' Court charged with a series of serious sex offences against young girls.

Ray Teret, 72, was freed on strict bail conditions until mid November when he will appear at the city's Crown Court.

Teret, a former pirate radio DJ, spoke only to confirm his name and address during the 30 minute hearing.

He stood with his hands clasped in front of him listening as the lengthy list of charges were put to him. No pleas were entered.

Teret is accused of 32 offences in all, involving 14 youngsters and one adult victim, who was aged 17 at the time of the alleged offence.

He is charged with 15 counts of rape of a female under 16, one count of rape, one count of attempted rape of a female under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a female under 16, three counts of indecent assault of a female under 14 and one count of gross indecency with a child under 13.

Teret, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, also faces two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of possession of prohibited images and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child.

He was bailed until November 15, to appear at Manchester Crown Court.

David Lees, prosecuting, said the offences were historic and the Crown would not oppose bail but he asked for conditions to be applied.

Emma Hassell, defending, asked for bail as Teret, who has been under investigation for 11 months, had always attended the police station when required.

Teret was bailed to attend Manchester Crown Court on November 15.

His bail conditions are that he must not apply for international travel documents, live and stay each night at his home address, sign in at his local police station three times each week, have no unsupervised contact with any person aged under 16 and not to contact directly or indirectly any of the complainants in the case, none of whom can be named for legal reasons.

Teret was initially arrested and bailed in November last year with another man on suspicion of historic rape following an investigation into three separate claims of sexual abuse.

At the time Greater Manchester Police (GMP) emphasised that the accusations were not linked to the national inquiry into abuse by disgraced TV presenter Savile, with whom Teret worked and once shared a flat.

As part of the investigation into Teret, William Harper, 65, of Ash Grove, Stretford is charged with conspiracy to rape a girl under 16 and attempt rape of a female under the age of 16, and Alan Ledger, 62, of Normans Place, Altrincham is charged with indecent assault of a female under 16 and aiding and abetting the rape of a female under 16.

Both Harper and Ledger are due to appear before Manchester City Magistrates' Court on 30 October 2013.

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