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Ex-youth football coach killed himself on way to court for sex assault charges

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A former youth football coach facing trial accused of sexually assaulting boys killed himself on his way to court by driving his car into a tree, an inquest has heard.

Michael ‘Kit’ Carson was on his way to court for the start of his trial for historic sex crimes when he deliberately crashed his red Mazda 3.

The 75 year old crashed on the A1303 near Bottisham in Cambridegshire, which was not the ‘most logical’ route to Peterborough Crown Court, the inquest heard.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 10.36am on Monday, January 7.

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.



The tree he crashed into off the A1303

During an inquest in Huntingdon, assistant coroner Simon Milburn said he had to ascertain whether or not Carson “deliberately or inadvertently” crashed his car.

PC Sean Redman, a forensic collision investigator, told the court there was no evidence of any tyre skid marks.

He 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.”

The officer also confirmed that there was “no evidence that any evasion action occurred.”

Mr Carson was not using a phone or handset at the time of the crash and toxicology shown that the only drugs in his system was medication.

His car had crashed in the central part of the tree, the inquest was told.



Carson deliberately drove into the tree

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The coroner also noted that the route Mr Carson took was not the “most logical” and it seemed like he was “travelling in the opposite direction” to the court.

His wife Pauline Carson, said that her husband was “stressed” on the morning of his death because he didn’t know he had to be in court that day.

She explained how he believed he was in court on Wednesday but when he asked his lawyer about times, he was told he had to be in court that morning.

Her statement read: “He was stressed and confused as to why he was required as he was led to believe he didn’t need to be in until Wednesday.

“We were relieved that the case was about to start and Kit would be able to present his defence.”

His barrister Mark McDonald said he had “tried to calm him down” when he called him that morning and told him to “take his time”.

Concluding, the assistant coroner 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.

“I do think I can infer from that evidence that Mr Carson steered deliberately off the carriageway and drove into that tree deliberately.”

Mr Milburn concluded that Mr Carson took his own life.

Mr Carson joined Norwich City as youth manager in 1983, staying at the club for a decade.

Carson also worked for clubs including Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

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