De­tec­tive at cen­tre of ‘VIP sex abuse’ case re­tires on eve of trial

Daily Mail - - Life - By Stephen Wright As­so­ciate News Edi­tor

A DE­TEC­TIVE at the cen­tre of the dis­as­trous West­min­ster VIP pae­dophile in­quiry has re­tired on the eve of the crim­i­nal trial of its key witness.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Kenny McDonald, one of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s most ex­pe­ri­enced in­ves­ti­ga­tors, has left the force af­ter 30 years.

He was thrust into the spot­light af­ter de­scrib­ing the ac­count of witness ‘ Nick’, whose claims sparked the £2.5 mil­lion in­quiry, as ‘cred­i­ble and true’.

Nick – real name Carl Beech, 51 – will go on trial next week ac­cused of mak­ing up his story of abuse. The vicar’s son faces 12 counts of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and one count of fraud in a New­cas­tle trial that could last up to three months.

For le­gal rea­sons, Beech, a for­mer nurse, was pre­vi­ously en­ti­tled to anonymity and was known only as ‘Nick’. This was the name given to him by a news web­site when he went pub­lic with his al­le­ga­tions of VIP abuse five years ago. He de­nies all 13 of­fences.

It was dur­ing a po­lice ap­peal for wit­nesses in De­cem­ber 2014 about three al­leged mur­ders that Mr McDonald gave his back­ing to Beech’s ac­count of abuse. At the time al­le­ga­tions of a pae­dophile ring in­volv­ing prom­i­nent fig­ures in the 1970s and 1980s were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der an in­quiry co­de­named Op­er­a­tion Mid­land.

The pae­dophile ring was al­leged to have in­cluded se­nior mil­i­tary, law en­force­ment and po­lit­i­cal fig­ures. The op­er­a­tion stemmed from al­le­ga­tions made by Beech, who said he was abused by a pae­dophile ring in­clud­ing high-pro­file peo­ple from the age of seven. Asked about the claims, Mr McDonald – who was over­see­ing Op­er­a­tion Mid­land – said of­fi­cers who had spo­ken to him thought his ac­count was ‘cred­i­ble and true’. He also ap­pealed for other boys who might have been abused to come for­ward.

Mr McDonald later faced in­tense crit­i­cism over his ‘cred­i­ble and true’ com­ments and was re­placed as head of Op­er­a­tion Mid­land in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was closed in March 2016, with­out any ar­rests or charges be­ing brought.

Beech had pre­vi­ously ac­cused for­mer Con­ser­va­tive prime min­is­ter Ed­ward Heath, Tory ex-home sec­re­tary Leon Brit­tan and the for­mer head of the Armed Forces, Field Mar­shal Lord Bra­mall, of be­ing part of a VIP child sex ring.

He also claimed some of the men – in­clud­ing ex-Tory MP Har­vey Proc­tor – were in­volved in the mur­ders of three boys.

The charges of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice in­clude al­le­ga­tions that Beech lied about wit­ness­ing three child mur­ders and falsely claimed to have been sex­u­ally as­saulted by a pae­dophile ring.

The fraud charge al­leges that he falsely claimed £22,000 in crim­i­nal injuries com­pen­sa­tion by say­ing ‘he was sub­jected to abuse by a pae­dophile ring, know­ing this to be un­true’.

Scot­land Yard said last night: ‘Kenny McDonald re­tired from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice in April, af­ter 30 years’ ser­vice.’

Crit­i­cism: Kenny McDonald

The Mail, March 2016

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