A former Radio Caroline DJ raped a 15-year-old girl together with Jimmy Savile, a court in England has heard.
Jurors in the trial of Ray Teret were told at beginning of the prosecution opening statement that Savile’s name will crop up and that one of the charges involves the late broadcaster.
Tim Evans, prosecuting, told Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court: “During some of the evidence you will hear the name Jimmy Savile mentioned and count four requires you to directly consider evidence relating to a sexual offence the Crown says was perpetrated both by Jimmy Savile and Ray Teret acting together.”
Teret, 72, went on trial today along with two other men – Willliam Harper and Alan Ledger – accused of sex offences against girls dating back as far as 1962.
Teret is charged with 18 rapes along with other offences.
The court heard that one of these alleged rapes was committed between 1963 and 1964 “together with Jimmy Savile”.
Mr Evans told the court that Teret had a “deal of celebrity” in the 60s and 70s, especially in the Manchester area.
He said he worked at the pirate station Radio Caroline and Piccadilly Radio.
The prosecutor said: “The Crown’s case in a nutshell is that he used the celebrity that he had to abuse young girls in various ways and that the other two defendants – Mr Ledger and Mr Harper – friends and associates of Teret - also became involved on occasions.”
Mr Evans told the jurors that they could not have failed to have seen the publicity about Savile's conduct.
He said they were not tasked with determining the scale of Savile’s abuse.
The prosecutor said the defendants should not be contaminated “because of the spectre of Savile”.
He added: “This is not guilt by association and that sort of notion plays no part in this trial.”
Mr Evans also said “so-called celebrity trials” had no bearing on this case.