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Date: May 15, 2019
“A man who made a series of “heinous” false allegations that prompted a multimillion-pound police investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster fled to Sweden when his claims unravelled, a court has heard.
Carl Beech, previously referred to by police as “Nick”, is accused of lying when he claimed he was among victims of an alleged group of establishment figures including senior men in politics, the military and the intelligence services who raped, kidnapped and murdered boys in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Beech, 51, is on trial at Newcastle crown court where he faces 12 counts of perverting the course of justice from December 2012 to March 2016 and one count of fraud over a criminal compensation payout he pocketed.
The charges, which he denies, include that he made a false allegation of witnessing the murder of a child by the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor. Beech, who worked for the Care Quality Commission health watchdog, is also alleged to have lied about claiming to have witnessed the murder of two other children.
Police found “a number of important claims” he made were “probably false”, the court heard. Opening the prosecution’s case on Tuesday, Tony Badenoch QC told the jury: “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 he was asked to account for this by Northumbria police and, ultimately … he took the only option that was really available to him: he fled the country and he lived overseas as a fugitive.
“That was until a specialist fugitive unit in Sweden worked closely with Northumbria police and the National Crime Agency to secure his arrest on a European arrest warrant executed overseas. He was then extradited back to this country to face these charges.”