Former DJ Ray Teret ‘has previous conviction for sexual offence against underage girl’
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.
Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate, Ray Teret, is due to stand trial charged with historical sex offences.
The charges relate to alleged sex attacks on 14 young girls and a 17-year-old between 1962 and 1996, primarily in Greater Manchester.
The 72-year-old from Altrincham is a former pirate radio DJ. He shared a flat with Savile when the pair were working together in Manchester.
The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.
In March 1999, Ray Teret, then 57, was jailed for six months for grooming and having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old schoolgirl
Ray Teret (born c. 1941) was an English radio disc jockey who started his career in the 1960s.
He was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and started work as a warehouse clerk, apprentice heating engineer and waiter at the Ritz Ballroom in Manchester.
In the early 1960s, Teret met Jimmy Savile after winning the Savile-run singing contest at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. The two men later shared a flat on Great Clowes Street in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, with Teret becoming Savile’s support DJ, assistant and chauffeur.[
During this period, Savile referred to Teret as his son, while Teret referred to Savile as Dad.
Teret joined Radio Caroline North in the mid-1960s, where he became known as “Ugli” Ray Teret. His theme music was Jungle Fever by the Tornados, and he also used The Ugly Bug Ball by Burl Ives. After leaving Radio Caroline North in 1966, two years before it closed down, Teret worked in a series of DJ and media related work, mainly on the radio in the Manchester area, including Signal Radio and Piccadilly Radio.
On 8 November 2012, Teret was arrested at his home on Woodlands Road in Altrincham by Greater Manchester Police, one of two arrests made in respects of an allegation of historical rape.
The offences are alleged to have taken place in Trafford in the 1960s and 1970s, against three women who were then under the age of consent.
The arrests were not part of Operation Yewtree. Teret appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court in October 2013.
He was charged with a total of 32 offences spanning several decades, including 15 counts of rape of girls aged under 16, nine of indecent assault and three of possessing illegal materials
Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate has been arrested over historic abuse allegations
A former DJ who was a close friend of Jimmy Savile has been arrested on suspicion of raping three schoolgirls.
Ray Teret, 71, (pictured right and below) was detained after police raided a flat on Wooodlands Road, Altrincham, on Thursday morning
The 71-year-old is being questioned on suspicion of raping the girls when they were aged under 16.
The alleged offences took place at different locations in Trafford during the 1960s and 70s.
A second man, aged 61, was also arrested at the same property. He was held on suspicion of raping one of the three girls
He was known as Jimmy Savile’s sidekick when the pair worked together at the Plaza dance hall in Oxford Road.
Mr Teret also worked as Savile’s chauffeur and they shared a flat in Salford during the 1960s.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the allegations were not linked to the national investigation into abuse orchestrated by the late DJ and presenter Savile
However the arrests follow three separate allegations that were reported to Greater Manchester Police in recent weeks since the Savile scandal erupted.
Detective Inspector Simon Davies of Greater Manchester Police said: “The arrest follows an investigation by the serious sexual offences unit into three separate allegations of historic sexual abuse which have been reported to Greater Manchester Police since October 28.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that this is not an investigation into the late Jimmy Savile, nor do any of the allegations relate to any involvement by Savile. “The victims who have come forward have shown tremendous courage and our primary focus is to support these victims during what is clearly a very traumatic time for them. We have a duty to investigate their complaints thoroughly.”
Mr Teret worked as a pirate radio DJ in the North West in the 1960s and also had a show on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio. He and Savile became close friends when they worked together at Manchester’s Plaza dance hall.
They shared a flat together in Salford in the 1960s and Teret also acted as Savile’s driver. The pair were so close that Teret would refer to Savile as ‘dad’ and the presenter would call him ‘son’.