Former football coach dies in car crash on day of child sex abuse trial

Kit Carson

Michael 'Kit' Carson. Image: Joe Giddens/PA

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A former football coach accused of historic child sex abuse died in a single-vehicle car crash on the day he was due to stand trial.

Seventy-five-year-old Michael 'Kit' Carson had previously pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault, and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between 1978 and 2009.

The allegations against Mr Carson, who was a former youth football coach and scout, involved 11 victims who were all boys under the age of 16.

Kit Carson was due to stand trial on Monday. Image: Joe Giddens/PA

His trial was due to start at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday at 9.44am, but it was revealed that he had been killed in a single-vehicle crash just 16 minutes before, around 40 miles from the court.

On Tuesday, the court was told details of his death.

Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, said: "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 and also yesterday afternoon at approximately 4.30pm the body was identified by Mr Carson's widow."

Mr Carson had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.