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Football coach facing sex abuse trial killed in crash

Court: Carson
was accused of
assaults on
boys under 16 PICTURES: PA

A FORMER youth football coach has been found dead in a car crash on the day he was due to go on trial accused of the sexual abuse of underage boys.

Michael ‘Kit’ Carson, 75, was driving his red Mazda 3 when it left the road and hit a tree at Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, on Monday.

No other vehicle or person was involved in the collision, police said. His death was revealed yesterday at Peterborough crown court.

Died: His car hit tree

Carson, who had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing at Cambridge crown court. The allegations involved 11 victims, all boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.

Carson, of Cambridge, had been on bail. Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant died yesterday morning. He was involved in a road traffic collision at about 9.45am. No other vehicles were involved.’

His body was formally identified by his wife Pauline Carson.

Judge Matthew Lowe ruled that the case file be closed.