A junior football star-maker with a dark history of alleged abuse crashed his car at high speed into a tree, killing himself on the morning of the first day of his trial which was due to take place at Peterborough Crown Court for sexual abuse charges involving 11 boys.
During a successful career, Carson worked as a junior developer for clubs including Norwich City and Peterborough United and also scouted for Chelsea but denied counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between 1978 and 2009.
Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, who helped develop a series of well-known footballers, was driving in the wrong direction on his way to Peterborough Crown Court where his trial would have taken place.
The inquest in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, heard that Carson’s red Mazda travelled along a grass verge for almost 50 metres before smashing head-on into a tree. No alcohol or drugs were found in his body that could have affected his judgment, neither other underlying illnesses that could have contributed. Assistant Coroner Simon Milburn concluded Carson deliberately took his own life after police said the road conditions were good, no other traffic was involved and there was no evidence that he had lost control of his car.
Dion Raitt a former Peterborough junior player and an ambassador for the organisation the Offside Trust, which works with survivors of abuse in sport, speaking after the hearing has described being abused both by Carson and a second junior coach, Bob Higgins, now serving a prison sentence for sexual attacks that took place over 25 years, said he had mixed emotions at the conclusion and went onto say:
“Carson took the coward’s way out. He’s not going to remain thought of as a great coach any more. Everyone can see through it now. He’s committed suicide on the day of court to avoid prison. That is cowardly. Survivors haven’t had their day in court but this just may help them get some closure.”
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