VIP sex ring wit­ness ‘in­vented vile crimes’

Pae­dophilia al­le­ga­tions against dozens of politi­cians were fab­ri­cated, court hears

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - Crime Cor­re­spon­dent By Martin Evans

SCOT­LAND Yard’s £2mil­lion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that a man called “Nick” was abused by a VIP pae­dophile ring was based on “to­tally un­founded al­le­ga­tions” that caused “im­mea­sur­able dis­tress” to wholly in­no­cent, high­pro­file men, a court was told yes­ter­day.

Carl Beech, 51 – known by the pseudonym “Nick” – was de­scribed by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice as “cred­i­ble and true” when he told them in 2014 he had been raped and tor­tured as a child by a group of prom­i­nent pub­lic fig­ures. But yes­ter­day a jury was told that his claims “are in fact in­cred­i­ble and un­true”.

Scot­land Yard spent more than a year in­ves­ti­gat­ing the “heinous” al­le­ga­tions made by the fa­ther-of-one, in­clud­ing that mem­bers of the gang had mur­dered three young boys.

Some of the ac­cused were sub­jected to hours of po­lice in­ter­views and had their homes raided. Those ac­cused in­cluded Sir Ed­ward Heath, the for­mer prime min­is­ter; Lord Brit­tan, the for­mer home sec­re­tary; MPS Har­vey Proc­tor and Gre­ville Jan­ner; mil­i­tary fig­ures, in­clud­ing Lord Bra­mall and for­mer MI5 and MI6 chiefs.

At New­cas­tle Crown Court yes­ter­day, Tony Bade­noch QC said that, in con­trast to Scot­land Yard’s ini­tial as­sess­ment, Mr Beech lacked all cred­i­bil­ity. He added: “These false al­le­ga­tions led to po­lice en­quiries be­ing made of liv­ing men, amongst them Lord Brit­tan, Lord Bra­mall and Har­vey Proc­tor. Im­mea­sur­able dis­tress was caused to them per­son­ally and those close to them.”

Mr Bade­noch de­scribed how Mr Beech had given the Met sketches of places where he claimed the abuse had taken place. He told the of­fi­cers he had drawn them from mem­ory, but the pros­e­cu­tion barrister said he had sim­ply copied the pic­tures off the in­ter­net.

The court heard that when Northum­bria Po­lice looked into Mr Beech’s al­le­ga­tions in 2016, they dis­cov­ered key el­e­ments of his story to be “to­tally un­founded, hope­lessly com­pro­mised and ir­re­deemably con­tra­dicted”.

It can now be re­ported that af­ter be­ing charged he went on the run in Swe­den un­til he was even­tu­ally caught and re­turned to Bri­tain.

As well as the claims of “sadis­tic sex­ual abuse”, the court heard how Mr Beech ac­cused the group of mur­der­ing three chil­dren in the late Seven­ties.

Mr Bade­noch said that as a re­sult of the false claims, the fam­ily of a young boy named Martin Allen, who went miss­ing in 1979, were given false hope.

Mr Beech also claimed to have wit­nessed a school friend called Scott be­ing killed by the gang in a hit-and-run.

The jury was shown video of a po­lice in­ter­view in which he tear­fully de­scribed how the primary school pupil had been ruth­lessly mown down. But the jury was told ex­ten­sive in­quiries had failed to find ev­i­dence to sup­port his claim.

The pros­e­cu­tor said: “Dur­ing the course of the Northum­bria Po­lice in­quiry many, many other un­truths were un­cov­ered.

“The al­le­ga­tions made by Carl Beech are now com­pletely un­der­mined by the tes­ti­mony of others, the ab­sence of – and con­tra­dic­tions in – the ev­i­dence to sup­port his key as­ser­tions.”

Mr Beech de­nies 12 counts of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and one count of fraud. The trial con­tin­ues.

SCOT­LAND YARD’S de­tec­tives had be­lieved in “Nick”. His claims of be­ing raped and tor­tured as a child by a group of pae­dophile VIPS that in­cluded a for­mer prime min­is­ter, mil­i­tary gen­er­als and the heads of MI5 and MI6, was de­scribed by the Met Po­lice in De­cem­ber 2014 as “cred­i­ble and true”.

For more than 15 months, the force took se­ri­ously Nick’s in­sis­tence that he had per­son­ally wit­nessed three chil­dren be­ing mur­dered by the gang.

“Nick” – whose real name is Carl Beech – pro­vided Scot­land Yard with the names of 12 of his abusers in Oc­to­ber 2014; it would take the Met’s de­tec­tives un­til Jan­uary 2016 for of­fi­cers “to chal­lenge the ac­counts” given by Mr Beech in 20 hours of in­ter­views.

Two months later, the Met told Mr Beech it was no longer in­ves­ti­gat­ing his claims. Some months later, Northum­bria Po­lice was called in to ex­am­ine the al­le­ga­tions with “fresh eyes”.

Mr Beech had be­come a sus­pect, ac­cused of mak­ing it all up. “Nick was now the fo­cus of the po­lice at the high­est in­ves­tiga­tive lev­els,” Tony Bade­noch QC, pros­e­cut­ing, told New­cas­tle Crown Court yes­ter­day. “His life was about to be turned up­side down and in­side out. He was now the sus­pect as po­lice of­fi­cers pawed over the al­le­ga­tions with a fine-tooth comb.”

He de­nies 12 counts of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and one of fraud.

Bit by bit, the court heard, Northum­bria “found that key el­e­ments of the story were to­tally un­founded, hope­lessly com­pro­mised, and ir­re­deemably con­tra­dicted by other tes­ti­mony”.

Mr Beech had told the Met that over the course of nine years, be­tween the ages of seven and 16, he was taken out of school reg­u­larly, picked up by a driver and abused at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

De­tec­tives ob­tained his at­ten­dance records at Coombe Hill Primary, River­mead Secondary and the Tu­dor School. “At schools, his at­ten­dance was very good,” ex­plained the pros­e­cu­tor.

In 1984, aged 16, Mr Beech re­ceived an “award for 100 per cent punc­tu­al­ity”. Northum­bria ob­tained school pho­tos of Mr Beech aged about 10, a smil­ing, mop-haired boy. By that age, Mr Bade­noch said, he would have been abused sadis­ti­cally for three years.

Po­lice didn’t stop there. They traced Jonathan James Budd, a friend from school, and whose name sig­nif­i­cantly fol­lowed his in the reg­is­ter. Po­lice asked Mr Budd if his friend was of­ten ab­sent. “That’s the big­gest load of c--- I have ever heard,” Mr Budd told de­tec­tives. Steven White, an­other school friend, told the same story.

Mr Beech had told Scot­land Yard de­tec­tives that a friend called “Scott”, whom he met at Coombe Hill Primary, was mur­dered by the gang in 1979 and that he had wit­nessed it. Scott was killed be­cause the “group wouldn’t tol­er­ate him [Beech] hav­ing friend­ships”.

Northum­bria dis­cov­ered two “Scotts” in Mr Beech’s year and others in dif­fer­ent age groups. “All are well if alive, and ob­vi­ously weren’t mur­dered as a child,” said Mr Bade­noch. One of the boys died, but in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in 1998 at the age of 26.

Mr Bade­noch told the court that Northum­bria’s “ex­ten­sive en­quiries ... ren­dered his ac­count to the Met [about Scott] com­pletely un­true”.

Nick’s claim that mil­i­tary lead­ers and spy­mas­ters abused him reg­u­larly was then in­ves­ti­gated. Se­cu­rity, the court was told, was a “mas­sive is­sue” in the Seven­ties and Eight­ies.

Field Marshal Lord Bra­mall, then the head of the Army, “would have been a tar­get and lived in a barbed wire sur­round­ings un­der armed guard”. Mr Bade­noch added: “If these al­le­ga­tions are to be be­lieved he [Bra­mall] was tak­ing leave of his ab­sence reg­u­larly, un­be­known to all of these peo­ple, to con­duct him­self in the sadis­tic sex­ual abuse of Carl Beech at a va­ri­ety of mil­i­tary bases across coun­ties. The truth? Of course he wasn’t.”

Of­fi­cers un­cov­ered a “wealth of ev­i­dence” that showed two other gen­er­als named by Mr Beech – Gen Sir Roland Gibbs and Gen Sir Hugh Beach – could also not have been in­volved. When it came to the heads of MI5 and MI6 “that is for even more ob­vi­ous rea­sons com­pletely un­sus­tain­able”.

Then there were the site vis­its. Mr Beech had been taken for drives with Met of­fi­cers “to iden­tify the scenes of these hor­rific crimes”, mak­ing de­tailed sketches of the build­ings. All he did was, the pros­e­cu­tion claimed, tell po­lice that they were driv­ing past the Carl­ton Club, for ex­am­ple. It meant noth­ing but the “false­hoods [were] de­signed to in­flu­ence the of­fi­cers”.

Northum­bria, when it took over the case, seized Mr Beech’s com­puter in a raid on his house, on Nov 2 2016.

On the com­puter, of­fi­cers found in­ter­net im­ages of the lo­ca­tions where he claimed to have been abused. Mr Beech told the Met he had made his sketches from mem­ory. “It was like ev­ery­thing else a com­plete lie,” said Mr Bade­noch. He sketched the Carl­ton Club with the “pre­cise num­ber of front steps”.

Barry White, who had worked at the Carl­ton Club for 41 years, told po­lice that the front desk was manned 24 hours a day and re­counted how “very rare” it was to see chil­dren go in for any pur­pose, let alone to be abused by Ted Heath, the for­mer prime min­is­ter, and Har­vey Proc­tor, a Con­ser­va­tive MP.

Mr Beech also de­scribed be­ing abused aboard Heath’s yacht Morn­ing Cloud, in a cabin with a dou­ble bed. But Heath’s crew­mates ex­plained it was a rac­ing yacht with no sep­a­rate cab­ins, only ham­mocks for rest­ing.

Mr Beech had told the Met he had been sub­jected to the “most hor­rific”

sex­ual and phys­i­cal abuse, in­clud­ing elec­tric shocks. He gave a coun­sel­lor a “body map” marked with “count­less frac­tures... punc­ture wounds to his groin, and burns to his back”.

How­ever, med­i­cal records “tell a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story”, the jury was told. They showed he suf­fered from hay fever and “some bed­wet­ting when around nine to 10” and a leg frac­ture from ski­ing in 1983 but no medic spot­ted in­juries re­sult­ing from sadis­tic tor­ture. Mr Beech re­fused to sub­mit him­self to a med­i­cal check-up.

Northum­bria Po­lice then ap­proached Dawn Beech, his ex-wife to whom he had been mar­ried for 22 years. “She didn’t no­tice any marks on his body,” the pros­e­cu­tor ex­plained.

Ms Beech also knew about the penknife her ex-hus­band had handed to the Met in Oc­to­ber 2014, ex­plain­ing that Mr Proc­tor had threat­ened to cas­trate him with it three decades ear­lier and then pre­sented it to him as a gift. Northum­bria “sought to es­tab­lish the provenance of this item,” ex­plained Mr Bade­noch, adding: “They spoke to his wife and she told them that Carl Beech had not only shown it to her, but kept it in his ‘happy mem­ory box’.”

Po­lice also un­cov­ered pho­to­graphs of Mr Beech at the sea­side as a child, with no ev­i­dence of any in­juries.

Mr Beech told the Met he had a life­long fear of wa­ter be­cause the VIP gang would tor­ture him by hold­ing his head un­der wa­ter and throw him off the div­ing board at the pool at Dol­phin Square in Lon­don. “He couldn’t swim, or so he said,” Mr Bade­noch told the jury, adding: “Northum­bria ... found that quite the op­po­site is true. Carl Beech seems to en­joy noth­ing more than a trip to the swimming pool or the sea.”

Pic­tures and videos ob­tained by Northum­bria, said the pros­e­cu­tor on the trial’s open­ing day, showed him in a snorkelling mask on hon­ey­moon.

The case con­tin­ues.

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