December 2014

Ex-DJ Ray Teret jailed for rapes

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Former DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on girls as young as 12.

Teret, 73, a friend of Jimmy Savile, was convicted of seven counts of rape and 11 counts of indecent assault at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last week.

He abused girls aged between 12 and 15 during the 1960s and 1970s.

Teret did not react as he was taken down. Mr Justice Baker tells him the effect of the 25 year sentence is he will most likely spend the rest of his life in jail

Many of the women who were raped by Ray Teret are in court – many are crying – some shouted monster at him as he was taken down.

December 2014

Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur Ray Teret found guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults on children

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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 ‘Ugli 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 Altrincham, Greater Manchester, 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, an offence 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.

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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 victim. 

Ex-radio DJ Teret (right) was said to have followed Savile (left) 'like a shadow' in the 1960s and 1970s

Ex-radio DJ Teret (right) was said to have followed Savile (left) ‘like a shadow’ in the 1960s and 1970s

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 [with] the next person.’

Two other men were on trial with Teret. Alan Ledger, 62, also from 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 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.

Nazir Afzal, CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, said: ‘During the Sixties and Seventies, Ray Teret was a popular Manchester DJ.

‘He used this status to target young and vulnerable girls who were impressionable and in some cases simply star-struck.

‘He singled his victims out for attention, using charm and flattery, before subjecting them to traumatic and callous assaults. Some he groomed over a period of time, whilst others he assaulted soon after he first approached them. Some of the victims were only 13 years of age.

‘The victims in this case have lived with the reality of what Ray Teret did for many years. It has had a significant impact upon all of their lives – personally, professionally and socially.

He added: ‘In some cases it has had devastating consequences. Most of them felt they couldn’t tell anyone about it until recently. Many of them had thought it was their fault – it was never their fault.

‘They have all shown enormous bravery in coming forward to the police and in attending court to speak out about what happened. Their collective courage has ensured that Ray Teret has been brought to justice today. He must now face up to the reality and consequences of his offence

‘I hope today’s verdict will in some way help these victims to move on with their lives and I also hope it provides other victims of sexual abuse with the courage and confidence to come forward.’

Liz Dux, an abuse lawyer at Slater & Gordon which represents 169 of Savile’s victims and one of Teret’s, welcomed the verdict.

She said: ‘This is the closest the victims of Jimmy Savile will get to a conviction against their attacker – they will take some comfort from the verdict.

‘Teret has been proved to be a predatory paedophile and dangerous sex offender in the same mould as his friend Savile. Yet again it shows victims of sexual assault that, even years after offences have been committed, they will be taken seriously, offenders can be punished and justice finally done.

‘Our client is to be commended for her bravery in giving evidence about a truly horrific crime. Having lived with the mental scars for many years, I hope now she can find some closure.’

‘Ugli’ Ray Teret: The man tutored by Jimmy Savile – who he once called ‘a genius’ – hid his series of sex crimes for decades

Paedophile DJ ‘Ugli’ Ray Teret attempted to distance himself from his former mentor Jimmy Savile.

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 at a singing contest at a Manchester 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, who remembered him as ‘The Singer’.

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.

‘He told me to do the first hour, which was nerve-racking. I was learning to be a disc jockey.’

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.

He said he gained his ‘Ugli Ray’ nickname at the station’s opening party when he was asked on stage what he would prefer to be called.

He said: ‘I said ‘call me ugli’. That is what my mother called me. ‘Come in ugli’, that is what she would say.’

It led to him sporting a gold bracelet with the word emblazoned on it – which he proudly told the court he has worn up to this day.

He then opened up a clothes boutique in the Isle of Man then, in 1970 and 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 travel together though 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.

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.

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.

‘The devil’s work': Victim who was groomed by Teret from the age of 14 says she hopes former-DJ dies in jail

A woman who was raped in her teens by Ray Teret has labelled him ‘the devil’s work’.

Teret groomed her in the 1970s when he lived in a flat above a record shop in south Manchester.

The 54-year-old mother said: ‘He’s the devil’s work, a child abuser, a paedophile, a sexual predator. When I was 14 I thought he was charming. I thought he was nice. I thought he was my friend.

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‘He gave me a lot of compliments and made me feel special by picking me out and asking me to do things for him. He put me on a pedestal.

‘He groomed me, basically. He was good at it. He was well practised. He had been doing it his whole life.

‘I would be happy if he went to prison for the rest of his life because that’s the best I can hope for. He ought to hang himself but I just think he’s far too arrogant to do that.

‘The reason I’m doing this publicity thing is because I want the message out there that the powerful aren’t going to get away with it any more.

‘Victims should come forward. They will get support, they will be listened to. It’s time abusers stopped ruining people’s lives.’

She said the ordeal had had a lasting affect on her relationships.

She said: ‘It made me feel very sad, very angry and it made me think how different life could have been had it not happened. I felt cheated.

‘He twisted what I thought about sex, about men, about intimate relationships and damaged my thought processes and that’s stayed with me for far too long.

‘Even though I now realise what’s happened, it’s difficult to change. Even though I understand, it’s difficult. I know there are good men out there but it’s very hard for me to trust men.

‘I feel fortunate now that I will be able to get on with my life. It hasn’t totally destroyed me. I had bouts of depression and anxiety but a lot of people have been through a lot of different things. That’s life. I’ve been able to continue and was strong enough to bring up my children without a man present. I’ve had a lot of failed relationships.’

November 2014

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.

October 2014

Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate, Ray Teret, is due to stand trial charged with historical sex offences.

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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.[3] 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[6] 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

November 2012

Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate has been arrested over historic abuse allegations

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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’.