BBC Presenter loses appeal against 22 year sentence

Michael Souter
Michael Souter

A former BBC presenter jailed for 22 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing seven boys over two decades has lost challenges against his conviction and sentence.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected applications by ex-BBC Norfolk and former Radio Clyde broadcaster Michael Souter.

Souter, now 61, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, Norfolk, was convicted at Norwich Crown Court in October 2013 of abusing boys between 1979 and 1999.

Today, the appeal judges dismissed renewed applications for leave to appeal against both conviction and sentence.

Ruling on the conviction application, Mr Justice Goss said there was “no basis for any allegation that the applicant did not have a fair trial”.

He added that the court was satisfied that the matters raised by Souter relating to his conviction were “without substance or merit”.

The judge, announcing the court’s decision to also reject Souter’s sentence challenge, said: “This was indeed an appalling catalogue of sexual abuse of vulnerable victims over a protracted period. The applicant remains in denial.”

He continued: “The sentence, though severe, accorded with sentencing practice, and appropriately reflected his culpability and the harm caused by his offending.”

Souter was found guilty of a series of offences, including indecent assault, indecency with a child and seven counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He claimed his victims had lied.

When sentencing, Judge Mark Lucraft told him: “The childhood of many of your victims was destroyed and their lives blighted. You exploited your position to groom each of them.”

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