Michael "Kit" Carson

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Michael “Equipment” Carson died in a automobile crash on the day of his trial

Former youth soccer coach Michael “Equipment” Carson has died in a automobile crash on the day he was on account of stand trial on intercourse abuse prices.

Mr Carson, 75, of St Bartholomew’s Court docket, Riverside, Cambridge, was accused of the sexual abuse of boys beneath 16, from 1978 to 2009.

His purple Mazda left the highway and hit a tree at 09:45 GMT on Monday, police have stated. He died on the scene.

Peterborough Crown Court docket was knowledgeable of his loss of life on Tuesday morning.

Decide Matthew Lowe dominated that the case file be closed.

Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, advised the courtroom: “The defendant died yesterday morning.”

The crash occurred on the A1303 at Bottisham. No different automobile or individual was concerned, police confirmed.

The courtroom heard that his physique was later formally recognized by his spouse, Pauline Carson.

The previous coach and scout had pleaded not responsible at an earlier listening to at Cambridge Crown Court docket to 12 counts of indecent assault and certainly one of inciting a toddler to have interaction in sexual exercise.

Cambridgeshire Police stated the allegations concerned 11 victims, all boys beneath the age of 16.

Mr Carson had labored for Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich Metropolis soccer golf equipment.