AN ex-footie coach killed himself 15 minutes before his trial for sexually abusing young boys, an inquest heard.
Michael Carson, 75, ploughed his red Mazda 3 into a tree on his way to Peterborough Crown Court last January.
Michael ‘Kit’ Carson died when his car collided with a tree just 15 minutes before he was due to stand trial[/caption]
He had been due to stand trial on 12 charges of indecent assault against 11 boys all aged under 16, between 1978 and 2009 and one of inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity.
An inquest into his death heard how there were no skidmarks near the crash site – meaning he made no attempt to slow down or steer away from the tree.
Forensic collision investigator PC Sean Redman said: “If there was some sort of steering or harsh braking, I would expect the loose gravel would have been pushed forward in the direction that the vehicle was travelling in.
“The wheels dig into the grass more rather than just rolling across it.”
“There is no evidence that any evasion action occurred.”
Recording a verdict of suicide, assistant coroner Simon Milburn said: “It was clear there was no evidence whatsoever that the driver took any avoiding action, no evidence of any sharp steering, no evidence of any breaking or anything of that nature.
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“I do think I can infer from that evidence that Mr Carson steered deliberately off the carriageway and drove into that tree deliberately.”
Carson had earlier denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The coach and talent scout had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.
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