51-year-old Carl Beech claimed that powerful men, including MPs and generals, had sexually abused and killed children in the 1970s
The man who was on trial for falsely claiming high-level pedophiles abused him and others in the 1970s told police that he was tortured by Jimmy Savile and the MI5 and MI6 leaders.
Carl Beech, 51, told the Metropolitan Police in 2014 that he stabbed sharp objects in his feet and that they were burned with a lighter, that his head was kept under water, and that he received an electric shock.
He also used the pseudonym "Nick" to make heinous allegations of sexual abuse and child murder against prominent men, including former Prime Minister Ted Heath and former Army chief Lord Brammall.
He even claimed that Labor MP Tom Watson was part of a "small group" of politicians and journalists who were aware of the abuse and were willing to help him uncover the false allegations.
In a recorded interview with Detective Sergeant John Townly, Beech said the gang was "sadistic."
He said: “They tried to find new ways to inflict pain, terror and fear. Some of them liked to see me and others liked to be in pain. & # 39;
He said "Michael and Maurice" – the jury had previously been told that Michael Hanley, former MI5 chief, and Maurice Oldfield, former MI6 chief, would "do things".
"You would tell the others what to do, but you wouldn't do it yourself," he said. "Jimmy Savile was angry, but I only met him a few times."
An 18 month police investigation of the men for £ 2m was completed without arrest.
A separate investigation by the Northumbria police then quickly revealed Beech's allegations, according to the Newcastle Crown Court.
The court heard Beech meet Labor MP Tom Watson, a retired social worker who wanted to help the police. He called Peter McKelvie and freelance journalist Mark Conrad in the months before he made his allegations
He said: "Peter McKelvie and Tom Watson were also part of a small group that supported me and published my information there to encourage other people to report, hence the play they did in Dolphin Square."
Buche said he met Mr. Watson and spoke to him extensively in his office.
Court sketch of Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, known as Nick, on Newcastle Crown Court
He said the experience of dealing with Mr. Conrad was positive, but also "incredibly frustrating" because the reporter knew that he could not share certain information with Beech, the court heard.
The jury received an email today saying that 51-year-old Beech had named Mr. Watson after his first “informal” meeting with a detective from Met.
In an email, Beech said to a detective, "Another person knows it and I said I would check if she would like to reveal her name and he said it was them. It's Peter McElvie, he probably knows the same thing as Tom Watson. & # 39;
Detective Sergeant James Townly told the jury: "Peter McElvie was a retired social worker who wanted to help the police. He was aware of the more extensive investigation that included allegations in Westminster."
He was asked by prosecutor Tony Badenoch, QC, "Did you know who Tom Watson is?"
He replied, "I understood that Tom Watson is the Labor Party MP."
The court also heard that the first meeting between Beech and the police at a police station in Gloucester was also attended by Mark Conrad, a freelance journalist with an investigative website called Exaro.
He also said an investigative journalist showed him a series of 42 pictures of potential pedophiles that had helped him fill in the gaps in his mind before going to the police.
Mark Conrad of Exaro showed him the pictures before posting stories of abuse allegedly flown in the exclusive Dolphin Square Apartments near Westminster.
After the story came to light, Beech went to his office for a long meeting with Watson, the jury heard.
Beech told Detective Sergeant James Townly that Watson and retired social worker Peter McElvie were part of the same small group that had helped him.
In the interview read to Newcastle Crown Court, Beech told the officer: “Peter McElvie and Tom Watson were part of the small group that supported me and posted my information there to encourage other people to report – hence that Piece that they made about Dolphin square. & # 39;
After the story first became known, Carl Beech met with the Labor Party vice chairman, Tom Watson MP
He continued, “I met Tom Watson in his office and had a long talk with him when they got this out of here.
"It was a positive experience for me on the one hand and it was incredibly frustrating on the other."
Buche continued that Mark Conrad had shown him a selection of 42 images in a dossier – some of which were shown to the jury. They contained images of high-profile military and political figures he accused, as well as others he did not accuse, such as Liberal Democrat Cyril Smith.
Beech said the photos were shown to him in 2014 after the first meeting with Mr. Conrad.
He said he had looked through a number of photos and added: “I knew some by last name, some by first name, others by name.
"I chose her, in some cases I just didn't know her first or last name. Some of whom I knew what they were doing made a difference. & # 39;
Beech said the list of names and allegations had "been compiled in the past four to five months."
The jury was shown pictures of Carl Beech when he was about 10 years old in his last year of elementary school when he claimed the abuse had started
The official who examined his initial allegations did not appear to be concerned that Beech had worked closely with Mr. Conrad in the months leading up to the Met information.
In an interview, Det Sgt Townly told Beech about Mark Conrad: “It's good that he has integrity.
& # 39; This is the first step. Journalists need to protect their integrity. Mark is only too aware of the damage journalists can do to cases. It is fortunate that someone like Mark is aware of this. & # 39;
The then Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced in July 2014 a far-reaching investigation into sexual abuse that would include allegations of Westminster.
Beech said that when this was announced he felt a surge of confidence.
He said to Det Sgt Townly: "When she announced that it was like" Wow, this will be something. "We can feed information about this, that and the other to prove this, possibly with others and not alone, and To give names.
"My confidence in that had dropped, but my confidence in myself had increased."
When asked why he was not killed like other alleged victims, he said: they liked me. But that was a saving grace later.
“I think that stopped some worse things because I was a favorite.
"I don't think I would be here today if I were not, certainly one person would have done something, but he was prevented … he was stopped because I was a favorite, otherwise I probably would not be here today. & # 39;
Field Marshal Lord Brammall, pictured with his 64-year-old wife Dorothy, who died before his name was clarified
It also turned out that a shady memory of a lieutenant colonel that Beech described in his first interviews with the Wiltshire police in 2012 was a memory of the former army chief, veteran of D-Day, Lord Bramall, when he gave his testimony to the Met in 2014.
When he first spoke to Detective Sgt Mark Lewis of the Wiltshire police, Beech told how his stepfather Major Raymond Beech had taken him to an unknown barracks to be abused by a lieutenant colonel whose name he did not know.
His disclosure had become more specific two years later.
He told Detective Sergeant James Townly of the Met that the attack in which he was stripped and touched took place in the Erskine barracks in Wiltshire.
He said: "I was introduced by Ray General Bramall and this was my first introduction to what I later came to know as" The Group ".
He claimed that Lord Bramall, now 95 years old, took off his shirt and touched him after taking off his shirt and pulling down his pants and underwear.
Buche continued: & # 39; Ray came back into the room, he and Bramall were talking.
'I didn't hear what they were talking about, but I knew Bramall kept looking at me. He was pretty miserable, he was a miserable man, but Ray was happy with me, he smiled.
"I didn't know what a general was, I didn't know what it meant, but I knew Ray had to greet him, which made him feel important."
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor was charged with rape and murder by Beech. The court heard that he is still "angry" about the allegations
At the beginning of the trial, when the prosecutor's claims against Beech were brought forward, the court was informed that:
- Beech is a convicted pedophile who pleaded guilty after police found improper pictures of boys, including some of beech, on devices in his home
- He fled to Sweden when the police got closer and lived in a remote cabin in the forest, shown in the police material above under a series of suspected identities and false names
- He claimed to have drawn the places where abuse took place – but his laptop showed that he had googled them before speaking to the police
- He claimed that he hadn't researched the men he accused – but had googled them
- He claimed that his perpetrators had mowed and killed a boy, "Scott", with whom he wanted to make friends – but the boy did not exist. It was featured in police material that told officials about this fictional incident
- He claimed that a fellow victim was "Fred", could confirm his story – but in fact he identified the friend and pretended to be "Fred" to fabricate emails to the police
- He claimed to have been taken out of school regularly to be abused by several men at "parties" – but his visit to his schools was exemplary
- He claimed to be lifelong afraid of water, abused by the men who immersed him and threw him from boats – but photos show him snorkeling on honeymoons
- He created an "abuse map" of the places and ways his body was tortured – but his medical records show no evidence of abuse
- He claimed to have been mistreated on beds in cabins on Ted Heath's yacht – but the ship was a racing yacht and had only hammocks
- He claimed that Mp Harvey Proctor threatened to cut off his genitals with a pen knife that Proctor later gave Beech. He handed the knife to the police and asked for forensic tests – but his estranged wife told the police that he had kept it in a box with "happy memories"
- He had googled how victims of Jimmy Savile received compensation
- He bought a convertible Mustang worth £ 64,000 with the compensation he received for the alleged abuse
- He was in debt and lived well beyond his means to make money in the international language community and to talk about his "abuse".
The charge relates to Beech's allegations that former Prime Minister Edward Heath (left), ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan (right), and others were part of a child abuse ring
Timeline of Beech's alleged lies and investigation
2014/2015: In more than 20 hours of recorded police interviews, Carl Beech makes glaring allegations of child rape and murder against high-profile figures in the establishment, including Ted Heath and Lord Brammall.
November 2014: Met police launch Operation Midland, which searches several elderly men to find evidence of Beech's claims. A detective calls the allegations "credible and true".
April 2015: D-Day veteran and former army chief Lord Brammal interviewed.
June 2015: Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, who was accused of child murder, was interviewed with caution.
March 2016: Beech said that no further action should be taken on the allegations he made.
2016: The Northumbria police conclude that Beech's claims are "completely unfounded, hopelessly compromised, and irrevocably refuted by other statements."
November 2, 2016: Police arrive to raid Beech's home in Gloucester.
January 23, 2018: Beech received £ 60,000 in early retirement from the NHS
February 6, 2018: He travels to Calais and prepares to flee to Sweden, where he buys a hut in the forest and lives under a number of suspected identities. He travels hundreds of kilometers from city to city to stay on the run
October 1, 2018: He was tracked down by the Swedish and British police and arrested before a 20-hour train journey to Gothenburg on behalf of & # 39; Samuel Karlsson & # 39; was booked.
2018: An extremely critical review of Operation Midland reports that police raided houses "acted as if they were looking for bodies".
2018: Beech pleads guilty to having indecent pictures of children in a separate process.
December 2018: Carl Beech's true identity reporting restriction removed.
May 2019: Beech is brought to justice for falsifying the path of justice.
Beech's claims led to raids on the homes of prominent and elderly people, including former army chief, D-Day veteran Lord Brammall, whose 64-year-old wife died during the investigation before his name was clarified.
Beech's extraordinary unfounded accusations were directed against a list of prominent men, including:
- Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath: He said he was sexually abused at Heath's house in London and on his yacht
- Former chief of the army, Lord Brammall: He said Brammall repeatedly raped him and was present at the first meeting of the "group".
- Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor: He said Proctor required oral sex, abused him with a pen knife, and murdered two children, one after being tied to a table, raped, and stabbed
- Former MI5 chief Michael Hanley and former MI6 chief Maurice Oldfield are said to be responsible for abuse and torture, including tipping spiders, electric shocks, and throwing arrows at him, culminating in threats to disappear to let.
- His stepfather, Major Ray Beech: He said his stepfather had repeatedly abused, raped and beaten him for the first time in a public toilet in a wildlife park
- Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan: He said Brittan murdered a child and called him a "mini-Harvey" who was sadistic and enjoyed getting his head under water
In total, Beech accused 12 men: Major Ray Beech, his stepfather; Lieutenant General Beach; General Gibbs; Lord Brammall; Jimmy Savile; Peter Hayman; Harvey Proctor; Leon Brittan; Greville Janner; Edward Heath; Michael Hanley; Maurice Oldfield.
Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said the 12-week trial would show that Beech's allegations against the men were "demonstrably wrong".
The Metropolitan Police's catastrophic £ 2 million investigation into Operation Midland on Beech's unsubstantiated and unsupported allegations collapsed without arrest in 2016, despite a senior detective saying Nick's stories were "credible and true".
The Met has since paid six figures in compensation to the respected former field marshal Lord Brammall and to Lady Brittan, whose late husband Leon was also accused by Beech.
The Met Police spent 18 months and £ 2 million on Beech's claims of a Westminster pedophile ring
The Met has yet to sign a compensation contract with former Tory MP Harvey Proctor (70), who was wrongly charged with rape and murder and lost his home and job.
It is believed that Mr. Proctor, who received a personal apology from the then Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, is demanding more than £ 500,000 for lost earnings and damage to reputation.
Leon Brittan and another defendant, Greville Janner, both died within a year of 2015, the year after these allegations.
Dorothy Brammall, who had been married to Edwin Brammall for 64 years, died in the course of the investigation and before Lord Brammall's name was clarified.
During the investigation, teams of more than 20 officers raided the homes of some suspects, many of whom are now old and in poor health, at dawn.
Last year, a review of the flawed investigation by retired Supreme Court Justice Sir Richard Henriques revealed that when the search was conducted, the police acted as if they were "searching for bodies or parts of their bodies."
The 13 charges against Carl Beech
Beech denies 12 cases of falsification of the legal process and one case of fraud. The indictment claims he:
- He made the false accusation of witnessing the child murder of a nameless boy committed by Harvey Proctor
- He made the false accusation of witnessing the murder of a boy named Scott
- He made the false accusation of witnessing another boy's murder
- It has been incorrectly claimed that he was sexually and physically abused by a pedophile ring, accused of high-ranking military officers, military intelligence agencies, a television host and other unidentified men as members
- It was incorrectly claimed that he was sexually and physically abused by a pedophile ring, with politicians accused of being members
- Providing a list of sexual abusers and locations where it has been erroneously claimed to have been physically and sexually abused by those abusers in those locations
- Providing sketches of places where he claimed to have been abused and incorrectly claimed to have been made from memory
- Assuming the name Aubrey was incorrectly claimed to have been present and subjected to physical and sexual abuse
- Provision of a pen knife and two military epaulets that incorrectly claimed that he had kept them when he was abused as a child
- False claims that he was seriously injured as a child through sexual and physical abuse
- Faked a "Proton" email account and provided incorrect information that "Fred" allegedly sent. A person he said was present when she was abused
- Went to site visits with investigators and incorrectly claimed that he had been subjected to physical and sexual abuse from a pedophile ring in places he identified during these visits
- The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was wrongly charged £ 22,000 for being abused by a pedophile ring, knowing that this was not true, and intending to make a profit for itself
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