DJ Ray Teret - friend of Savile - guilty on 18 sex charges

Former Radio Caroline DJ Ray Teret arriving at Minshull Street Court, Manchester
Former Radio Caroline DJ Ray Teret arriving at Minshull Street Court, Manchester

A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile has been convicted of a catalogue of historical sex offences against young girls.

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 - 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”, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

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

He denied 18 rapes, two other serious sexual assaults, one attempted rape, 12 indecent assaults and one count of indecency with a child.

After more 60 hours of deliberations, he was convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults. He was cleared of the other charges.

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 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 more, 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.”

The jury found Teret guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults, and not guilty of one serious sexual assault in relation to 11 victims. He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.

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.

The Crown had said that Teret lied to the naive teenager that he was 17 and drove her from a disco in Savile’s bubble car to a nearby flat.

Savile was waiting as he sat next to her and said she had lovely hair as he began to stroke it, the woman told the court.

She said she started to tell him how she had recently dyed her hair when the serial paedophile put his hands up her skirt and pulled her knickers down before he pushed her on to a bed and raped her.

Teret came into the room after Savile left and also raped her on the bed, she said.

He then was said to have told her: “You should be thanking us because we have made it easier for when the next person goes there.’’

Two other men were on trial with Teret.

Alan Ledger, 62, also from Woodlands Road, Altrincham, was found not guilty of a serious sex assault, not guilty of two indecent assaults and not guilty of one count of indecency with a child.

William Harper, 65, of Ash Grove, Stretford - known in his DJ days as Tony Grey - was cleared of one count of attempted rape.

Teret made no reaction as the final verdict was delivered by the jury foreman.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, said ahead of sentencing next Thursday, he would give the judge further information on the impact Teret has had on his victims.

Some have been able to get on with their lives, but others, Mr Evans said, were left “very significantly damaged”.

Nicholas Johnson QC, defending Teret, said: “We have to respect the jury’s verdict, and in respecting the jury’s verdict there is little I can say on Mr Teret’s behalf.”

Mr Johnson said the defendant was now facing the prospect of serving a “very long time in prison” but, given his age, asked the judge not to “quash any prospect that one day he might be released from prison”.

Teret, who has been on bail until today, was remanded into custody to be sentenced next week.