The man known as Nick, who sparked Scotland Yard’s £2 million Operation Midland into allegations of VIP paedophile abuse, was today seen for the first time fighting back tears in a police interview as he claimed his school friend had been killed in a hit-and-run.
Carl Beech, a father of one, is on trial accused of inventing the “most heinous” false claims of rape, torture and even child murder against dozens of senior public figures, a court heard on Tuesday.
On the opening day of his trial, a video was made public for the first time of the 51-year-old tearfully describing one of the most serious allegations made by Mr Beech.
After the jury watched him give a detailed account of the alleged incident during a police interview in 2014, prosecutors told the jury there was “no supporting evidence whatsoever to support ‘Nick’s’ account”.
Mr Beech also accused senior politicians, including Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, Harvey Proctor and Greville Janner of subjecting him and others to appalling abuse for almost a decade.
Others accused included Lord Bramall, the former head of the army, Michael Hanley, the former head of MI5 and Maurice Oldfield, the former head of MI6. Mr Beech even claimed to have witnessed the gang murder three young boys.
But the claims, which had been described by the Metropolitan Police as “credible and true” were in fact “incredible and untrue”, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court was told.
Opening the case against him, Tony Badenoch QC, said when Northumbria Police had been asked to look again at Mr Beech’s allegations they found “key elements of the story were totally unfounded, hopelessly compromised and irredeemably contradicted by other testimony”
Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.
Beech’s police interview
One of the most serious allegations made by Mr Beech was a claim that he had witnessed a young school friend called, Scott, being killed in a hit and run in 1979 in Kingston Upton Thames.
The jury was shown a 31 minute police interview with Mr Beech from November 2014 when he tearfully told an officer what he claimed to have seen, while he was a pupil at Coombe Hill Primary School.
Mr Beech was seen telling the officer: “He wanted to be my friend, that was nice for me…I did not know anything about him. They knew he was my friend, they knew about him, I do not know how and they warned me not to be friends with him and I did not listen.
“They warned me a number of times, I was selfish, I did not listen to them, I wanted a friend. I did not understand what the consequences might be.”
Describing the alleged hit and run, he said: “It was summer, May, June or July. We were walking and I heard the car, the engine and as I turned round to see what the noise was, it hit him. He was just left there.
“I went over to him. I tried to wake him up but he wouldn’t. There was a lot of blood. I had blood on my hands.”
Mr Beech told the police he was then dragged away by the group and bundled into a car.
“The next think I knew I had something in my arm and I had a pain in my arm and I do not remember anything about that.”
The police officer conducting the interview, pressed him to explain whether the teachers at the school had ever mentioned what had happened but Mr Beech replied: “It was like he never existed. Nobody mentioned him. It was like he did not exist.
“Nobody mentioned him at school, it was like he had not existed.”
The prosecutor said to jurors: “You’ve just watched 32 minutes or so of this defendant, Carl Beech, explaining how it was so that his friend Scott had been run over and killed, never to be mentioned again.
“Ultimately, after extensive inquiries, Northumbria Police reached a conclusion in respect of the Scott allegation: ‘There is no supporting evidence whatsoever to support ‘Nick’s’ account.’
Mr Badenoch told jurors that Beech’s account of Scott being killed in front of him was a fabrication.
He said that Northumbria Police had approached the defendant’s former school teachers and friends to ask them about his attendance record and about a missing person or dead boy named Scott.
The prosecutor told jurors: “The response? There was no such homicide.
“No missing boy. You’ve just watched 32 minutes or so of this defendant, Carl Beech, explaining how it was so that his friend Scott had been run over and killed, never to be mentioned again.
“Ultimately, after extensive enquiries, Northumbria Police reached a conclusion in respect of the Scott allegation: ‘There is no supporting evidence whatsoever to support ‘Nick’s’ account’.
“That renders his account to Metropolitan Police Officers in this important respect completely untrue.”
Nick’s ‘extraordinary’ and ‘untrue allegations’
Opening the case against Mr Beech at Newcastle Crown Court, Tony Badenoch QC told the jury that it was “quite impossible to conceive of allegations of a worst kind to be made”.
Explaining the background to the allegations, Mr Badenoch explained: “In his forties, when he was a middle-aged man. Carl Beech claimed that when he was a young schoolboy he had witnessed no less than three child killings, and was subjected to rape, torture, and sexual abuse by literally dozens of powerful men, in politics, the armed forces, intelligence services and in showbusiness, at locations ranging four counties, the coast, the south coast of England and all over London.
“He had been taken out of school once a week for this to occur. That is an extraordinary claim and it is also untrue.”
Mr Badenoch said in making the allegations Mr Beech expected the police to take what he was saying seriously, and for living people to be placed before the courts.
He told the jury: “They are without question, the most heinous allegations it is possible to make. To accuse a person of being a child murderer, rapist, sadist, torturer and abuser.”
The court was told that “immeasurable distress” had been caused to those falsely accused as well as “obvious reputational damage”.
Lord Brittan had his homes searched by the police and died with these allegations still hanging over him. Police later apologised to his widow.
Lord Bramall’s wife also died while the accusations against her husband were still being investigated, the court was told.
Beech’s brand new £34k Mustang
The jury was told that when Mr Beech was arrested in November 2016, he was living in a rented three bedroom property in Gloucester with his son.
On the drive was a white Ford Mustang convertible, which he had bought new less a year earlier for £34,035.
False hope to the Allen family
The court heard that as a result of the false allegations, the family of a young boy named Martin Allen, who had gone missing in 1979, were given false hope.
Mr Badenoch explained that officers from the Metropolitan Police told Martin Allen’s brother, Kevin, that they believed his disappearance might be connected to a VIP paedophile ring they were investigating.
Mr Badenoch said: “The source of that false hope to Kevin Allen, thirty five years after his brother went missing, was ultimately the false allegations of this defendant, Carl Beech.”
But the court was told that in 2016 suspicion had fallen on Mr Beech himself and he became the subject of a police investigation by officers from the Northumbria force.
He told the jury: “Nick was now the focus of the police at the highest investigative levels. His life was about to be turned upside down and inside out. He was now the suspect as police officers pored over the allegations with a fine tooth-comb and investigated them.”
The prosecutor said that what the officers discovered was that his claims were a “complete fabrication and falsehood”.
He said: “He had lied about the content of these allegations, taken active steps to embellish a false story, and then cover his tracks when challenged.
“He made no response when asked to account for this by Northumbria Police and, ultimately, he took the only option that was available to him fled the country and lived overseas as a fugitive.”
Mr Badenoch said that rather than being “credible and true” as the police had suggested, the subsequent investigation had established that they were “incredible and untrue”.
Beech’s first complaint
The court was told that Mr Beech had first gone to the police to make allegations in 2012 in response to Operation Yewtree, the investigation into Jimmy Savile.
He had told Wiltshire Police that he had been abused as a child by up to 20 men including his own step father and a Lieutenant Colonel.
Two years later he went to Scotland Yard and gave detectives a list of names of people who he claimed had abused him.
The list of names were; Major Ray Beech, his step-father; Lt General Beach; General Gibbs; General Bramall (Lord Brammall); Jimmy Savile; Peter Hayman; Harvey Proctor; Leon Brittan; Greville Janner; Edward Heath; Michael Hanley and Maurice Oldfield.
Mr Badenoch said: “A list of geographical locations was provided ranging from Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, South West London, Central London and Surrey. Carl Beech named over twenty different venues for the abuse within those counties and the City of London.”
Allegations brought to police by Beech
The court heard how Mr Beech told police that the first time he had been abused had been by his stepfather, Major Ray Beech, who he claimed had raped and beaten him, including in a public toilet at a wildlife park.
He told officers Lord Bramall had repeatedly raped him while Michael Hanley, the former head of MI5 and Maurice Oldfield, the former head of MI6 had tortured him by tipping spiders over him, throwing darts at him and giving him electric shocks.
He said Mr Proctor had demanded oral sex and had even murdered a young boy in front of him.
Mr Badenoch said Mr Beech had told police: “Harvey had tied the boy to a table, together with another man, raped him, and stabbed him.
“Carl Beech had held the boys hand and begged him to wake up but he didn’t. Harvey and the other men just laughed. They also said to him that he was next.
“He had a reaction to an image shown to him by a journalist and he was fairly certain that that was the boy he witnessed being murdered by Harvey Proctor. The picture was of Martin Allen (a young boy missing since 1979).”
Mr Beech claimed that the abuse had taken place at numerous venues, including Dolphin Square; Military Bases including Imber, St David’s Barracks, Erskine Barracks, Edward Heath’s house in Wilton Street, London and his yacht.
Other venues he named included Eccleston Square; Ponsonby Terrace; Westminster Gardens; Cambridge Street; the Carlton Club; Elm Guest House; Stowe School; Richmond Park; Heathrow Airport; London Zoo; Queen’s Ice Rink and Brighton.
Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud and the trial continues.
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