Ex-youth football coach and scout, 75, dies in road crash shortly before he was due to stand trial for sexually abusing boys under 16

An alleged child abuser accused of attacking 11 boys under the age of 16 has died in a car crash one day before he was due to stand trial.

Former youth football coach and scout Michael Sean Carson, known as ‘Kit’, 75, stood accused of 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Mr Carson, from Cambridge, was charged with the alleged offences at Cambridge Crown Court last year after being arrested in January 2017.

But today as his trial was due to open it emerged that the defendant had died in a car crash yesterday.

Today at Peterborough Crown Court, prosecutor Jeremy Benson said: ‘The position is that the defendant died yesterday morning. He was involved in a road traffic collision at about 4.45 yesterday morning.

‘No other vehicles were involved and there is an investigation being carried out and therefore I don’t propose to go into any other detail.’

The alleged offences happened from 1978 to 2009 and involved 11 boys under the age of 16.

Mr Carson’s bail conditions included not coaching football or being involved in the scouting process.

Carson, who denied the charges, was previously worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

He also worked extensively in Finland where he began coaching youth teams in 2012, taking UK youth teams on competitive tours of the country. The trial was due to be presided over by Judge Matthew Lowe.