Football Coach Killed in Car Crash Day Before Child Sex Abuse Trial
Top youth coach Michael 'Kit' Carson dies before giving evidence in pedophilia case
A former top youth football coach has been killed in a single-car crash on the day before he was due to stand trial for multiple counts of child sex abuse this week.
A UK court has heard that Michael 'Kit' Carson is unable to stand trial today for allegedly sexually abusing children, as he died in a car crash yesterday.
The 75-year-old ex-soccer coach and scout was expected to give evidence on the allegations that he attacked 11 boys under the age of 16.
The alleged child abuser worked for several prominent teams in England and served as a consultant for a club in Finland, with the majority of the offenses taking place between 1978 and 2009.
Carson was arrested in his home city of Cambridge in January 2017 and charged in March 2018.
He was facing charges for 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
With many details of the case withheld until the trial, it's unclear whether Carson is believed to have acted alone or how he managed to keep his alleged crimes covered-up for so long.
According to the Daily Mail, it only emerged today that the defendant had died in a car crash yesterday as his trial was due to open.
Prosecutor Jeremy Benson told the court on Tuesday that the defendant had died, and that an investigation was ongoing.
"He was involved in a road traffic collision at about 9.45am yesterday morning," he said.
"No other vehicles were involved.
"The position is that the car was registered to Mr. Carson and the person who died was of the appropriate age and had in his possession identification documents in the name of Mr. Carson."
The alleged offenses happened from 1978 to 2009 and involved 11 boys under the age of 16.
Mr. Carson's bail conditions included not coaching football or being involved in the scouting process.
Carson, who denied the charges, previously worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.
He also worked extensively in Finland where he began coaching youth teams in 2012, taking UK youth teams on competitive tours of the country.
The trial was due to be presided over by Judge Matthew Lowe.