Today the court heard Beech (pictured in police interview) was a convicted paedophile
VIP sex ring accuser Carl Beech is ‘a committed and manipulative paedophile, capable of deceit to investigators and limitless manipulation’ the jury at his trial were told today.
The court heard Beech pleaded guilty at a separate trial after Northumbria Police seized devices at his home and found indecent images of young boys, covert images of boys taken by him, and recordings.
Prosecutor Tony Badenoch said: ‘These child sex offences were committed whilst he was speaking to investigating police officers.’
It was also alleged that Beech had used compensation he was paid over the claims to buy a £64,000 Ford Mustang.
Under the pseudonym ‘Nick’, Beech, 51, made heinous accusations against prominent men.
They included former Prime Minister Edward Heath, former MPs including Harvey Proctor, a former Army chief, and the heads of MI5 and MI6.
His claims sparked an 18-month, £2million Met Police investigation into the men, which was was wound up with no arrests.
A separate investigation by Northumbria Police then quickly unravelled Beech’s allegations – Newcastle Crown Court heard his claims were found to be ‘totally unfounded, hopelessly compromised, and irredeemably contradicted by other testimony’.
They heard Beech viewed a news article giving guidance to victims of Jimmy Savile, who he also claimed had abused him, about how they could receive compensation.
And that he had fled to Sweden as police closed in, buying a cabin in the woods and going under multiple false names to try to evade capture.
Beech fled to a remote cabin in wooded northern Sweden (pictured) and lived under several false names as he tried to evade capture
Referring to the alleged crime of making and possessing indecent images of children and voyeurism, based on indecent images of children found on devices in Beech’s Gloucester home, prosecutor Tony Badenoch said: ‘At the same time as he perpetuated these lies about Harvey Proctor and so many others, he was also viewing indecent images of the gravest kind and spying on small boys.
‘He had installed on his iPad a secret App in the form of what looked to all and intents and purposes like a calculator.
‘Only it wasn’t. Two codes led investigators to the content behind the calculator image. What was that? Indecent images of young boys of the most serious kind.’
He said Beech had been prosecuted for this crime separately, pleading guilty after initially contesting the charge and attempting to blame someone else. The process took 18 months, including the time Beech was a fugitive abroad.
He said: ‘This evidence demonstrates that Carl Beech is a committed and manipulative paedophile, capable of deceit to investigators and limitless manipulation when required.
‘The sort of individual concerned only for himself, unconcerned with the impact on others; whether it is falsely accusing them of heinous crimes or seeking to attribute blame to another for child pornography.
‘It also demonstrates that Carl Beech has an interest in child pornography. Not something which is learnt behaviour from something which happened, but quite the reverse.
‘He watches child pornography concerning boys, possesses it, records young boys covertly, and writes about it over hundreds of pages. It all suggests that he also wants to be a part of it, and so he also talked about it to the Metropolitan Police, intending for them to take it seriously and enable him to continue to do so.’
Yesterday the jury was shown a photograph of the pen-knife Beech claimed MP Harvey Proctor has first threatened to cut off his genitals with, then given him as a gift
Beech told police he had a life-long fear of water which was used against him by his accusers who dunked his head and threw him off boats. Pictured: a photograph of Beech swimming, shown yesterday to the jury who heard he had a ‘lifetime’ of happy memories in the water
Earlier the jury heard Beech bought a £64,000 Ford Mustang using money he fraudulently claimed from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, it is alleged.
Newcastle Crown Court heard today the white supercar was found at his home on Gloucester, the deposit paid directly from cash Beech received from the CICA after falsely claiming he’d been abused.
Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said Beech’s motives for purchasing the flashy car were unclear but ‘others have said that he craves attention’.
He said Beech got £22,000 in April 2015 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority following his false claims and the £10,000 cash deposit for sports car ‘identifiably came from that fraudulent claim’
He added that Beech was also ‘heavily indebted and spending beyond his means’ with holidays to Sweden and America, and intended to become an international speaker on the subject of abuse survivors.
He told the court Beech was an attention seeker who ‘liked an audience’, saying: ‘This may be a useful starting point in this case. Carl Beech spent around twenty hours making these allegations in recordings with the Metropolitan Police. He therefore had an ‘audience’.
‘He also spent many hours with Metropolitan Police officers attending the ‘scenes of the crimes’, receiving support as to the process moving forwards to court, and updates as to progress in relation to those he had accused.
‘It extended to appearances on mainstream TV as a shadowy figure using the pseudonym ‘Nick’. ‘
Beech, the court was told, gave police another name of a boy he claimed had been abused along with him – Aubrey. Police discovered he had a childhood friend of that name but the boy had not been abused.
The jury also heard Beech invented a witness with the codename ‘Fred’ and produced a string of bogus emails to support his false claims.
Beech, said ‘Fred’ suffered abuse alongside him, but Fred was actually a figment of his imagination, according to prosecutors, and his email account originated with Beech.
The jury were shown pictures of Carl Beech aged around 10 in his final year of primary school when he claimed the abuse began
Beech’s 13 charges
Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud. The charges allege he:
- Made a false allegation of witnessing the child homicide of an unnamed boy committed by Harvey Proctor
- Made a false allegation of witnessing the homicide of a boy called Scott
- Made a false allegation of witnessing the homicide of another boy
- Falsely alleged that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with senior military officers, military intelligence, a TV presenter and other unidentified men accused as members
- Falsely alleged that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with politicians accused as members
- Provided a list of sexual abusers and locations falsely alleging he had been physically and sexually abused by said abusers at said locations
- Provided sketches of locations at which he claimed he had been abused, falsely claiming he had produced them from memory
- Provided the name Aubrey, falsely alleging Aubrey had been present and subjected to physical and sexual abuse when with him
- Provided a pen knife and two military epaulettes falsely alleging he had retained them from when he was abused as a child
- Falsely claimed that he had been seriously injured by sexual and physical abuse inflicted as a child
- Falsified a ‘Proton’ email account, and provided false information purportedly sent from ‘Fred’, an individual he had claimed was present when he was abused
- Went together with investigators on site visits and falsely alleged that it was at locations identified by him during those visits that he had been subjected to physical and sexual abuse by a paedophile ring
- Falsely claimed £22,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority saying he was subjected to abuse by a paedophile ring, knowing this to be untrue and intending to make a gain for himself
Newcastle Crown Court heard Beech agreed to act as an intermediary between investigating officers from the Metropolitan Police and Fred.
Officers received emails from the ‘witness’ on an encrypted account, which appeared to support Beech’s claims.
But 18 months later when Beech himself became the focus of an investigation they were found to be an elaborate sham, jurors were told.
When Northumbria Police were called in to investigate Beech as a suspect in 2016, their detectives traced the email account to Proton Technologies in Geneva, Switzerland, encrypted email account software which Beech knew how to use.
They quickly discovered the account was registered with the address email@example.com and realised it was Carl Beech who had created the ‘Fred’ address, the court heard.
During the correspondence Fred revealed himself as being called John. Mr Badenoch said Beech had modelled ‘Fred’ on John Prance, who was best man at his wedding.
Beech’s wife Dawn left him before the police investigations began, the court heard.
Mr Badenoch said Mr Prance matches the description of the person being given the pseudonym ‘Fred’ but had never witnessed any abuse nor been the subject of any abuse.
Mr Badenoch said: ‘This of course all adds up to a straightforward conclusion. There was no ‘John’ abused with ‘Nick’ in the way he alleged. He was a fabrication from beginning to end. ‘
Earlier the jury were shown a video of Beech telling police he didn’t know why he’d kept a pen-knife he claims MP Harvey proctor threatened him with.
The clip shows Beech handing the knife to a Metropolitan Police officer in 2014, along with three journals, black books with post-it notes within them, which contained his notes and drawings.
He tells the officer: ‘It’s been in a box with other stuff, I don’t know why I kept it really.’
Mr Badenoch said yesterday Beech had asked the Met whether any forensic results had been produced from the knife.
H said ‘He was informed they were negative on 23 February 2015.
‘Of course they were going to be, it was yet another fabrication.’
He said when Northumbria Police spoke to Beech’s wife, she told them Beech had not only already shown it to her, but kept it in his ‘happy memory box’.
The jury also heard how Beech’s ex-wife Dawn had never heard of the allegations that he would eventually make to the police.
Mr Badenoch said: ‘There was no word of these allegations concerning politicians, the military or intelligence services to her during over 20 years of marriage.
‘They had been together since he was in his very early twenties until he was around 44. That would have been just five or so years after the ‘abuse’ concluded that they met.
‘He was just 20 and if he is to be believed, he was at that stage still carrying the physical and mental scars of sadistic torture.’
Beech ‘conducted online research into those he accused and places he claimed abuse happened’
Despite telling investigators that he had not done any internet research prior to coming forward with his allegations, Beech conducted online searches on some of the alleged abusers and some of the places he claimed abuse was carried out, the jury was told as they were presented with screenshots of the evidence. Among the names and places he looked up online were:
The jury saw evidence of Beech having looked at websites for Dolphin Square and the Carlton Club, where he would later allege he was abused
- The Carlton Club – an exclusive gentlemen’s club in St James’, popular with senior members of the Conservative party
- Dolphin Square – an exclusive apartment building which many MPs made their London home
- The Cavalry and Guards Club – searched in an attempt to find information on places senior military personnel might spend time, the Crown claims
- Field Marshall Sir Roland Gibbs
- Diplomat Peter Hayman
- Field Marshall Lord Brammall
Beech searched to find out about compensation paid to Savile’s victims
Wikipedia entries on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ a gang of paedophiles who sexually abused boys in the 1970s was also viewed by Beech, as well as details on prolific paedophile Jimmy Savile, whom Beech would falsely claim had also abused him, the court heard.
One of Beech’s searches even brought up an ad with the headline: ‘How to apply for compensation after Jimmy Savile.’
Details of Beech’s alleged search history were shown to the jury, who were told Beech told police he had not done any internet research.
Mr Badenoch said evidence showed that, prior to coming forward to the Metropolitan Police, Beech had searched for locations he would later cite as places where he was supposedly abused, including the Carlton Club and Dolphin Square.
He said Beech also searched for London gentlemen’s clubs and military clubs, and for biographical details of those he would go on to abuse including Lord Brammall, diplomat Peter Hayman, and Field Marshall Sir Roland Gibbs.
Court sketch of Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, known as Nick, at Newcastle Crown Court
The court also heard Beech fled to a cabin in the Swedish woods with his web of lies ‘unravelling before his eyes’.
On January 23 2018 he received just under £60,000 from the NHS as an early retirement pension – with £752 per month payable – and on February 6 ghe boarded the Eurotunnel to Calais.
Beech began preparing a new life in Sweden. He purchased property in his real name for approximately £17,000 in a remote forested area of northern Sweden, Overkalix. He then, it’s alleged, entered into an agreement for a second property using the name ‘Sam Williams’ in Sleddo around two hours from Overkalix.
Beech grew a lengthy beard to disguise himself and stayed in hotels under pseudonyms, regularly travelling hundreds of miles between cities, bought a Ford Kuga 4×4 and began the process of changing his name, jurors heard.
Among the names he used in Sweden were ‘Carl Andersson’ ‘Oskar Andersson’, ‘Sten Andersson’ and ‘Samuel Karlsson’ the court was told.
He paid cash for his goods and sometimes used gift cards in stores around the country.
Beech fled to Sweden and bought a property in the woods, growing a long beard and regularly travelling hundreds of miles in attempt to remain a step ahead of Swedish and British police
Beech’s remote cabin in the Swedish wilderness was a 20 hour train ride from Gothenburg
Drone footage, of the remote cabin in Overkalix that Beech purchased after Northumbria Police started to look into him, was shown to the jury
Tony Badenoch said: ‘All of this was to no avail as a European Arrest Warrant had been issued for him, circulated internationally, including to the Swedish authorities.
‘The Swedish Fugitive and Special Target (‘FAST’) Team were engaged to find him and they worked closely with Northumbria Police.
‘Carl Beech could only remain one step ahead of them for so long.
‘The false names, remote forest property, multiple hotel stays, and repeated travel for hundreds of miles to at least eight Swedish cities could last for only so long with the Swedish FAST team, National Crime Agency, and Northumbria Constabulary engaged.
‘It led to his arrest on a train scheduled to leave Gothenburg on 1st October 2018 booked in the name of ‘Samuel Karlsson’.
‘Images of him and his property were taken in accordance with Swedish Protocol.
‘He had with him his UK Passport in the name of Carl Beech. Gothenburg is over twenty hours by train from his remote forest properties.’
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor was accused of rape and murder by Beech. The court heard he is still ‘enraged’ by the accusations
Yesterday as prosecutors laid out their claims against Beech, the court was told that:
- Beech had lived as a fugitive abroad before he was tracked down in Sweden;
- He accused former Tory MP Harvey Proctor of murdering another young boy;
- He also gave police a pen-knife which he claimed had been a gift from Proctor;
- Beech named London Zoo, the Carlton private member’s club and military bases among the alleged places of abuse;
- He also made sketches of the places where he claimed he was abused, which were shown to the court;
- The defendant was accused of making up a story about a childhood friend being killed by a car;
- Edward Heath’s yacht was not as described by Beech, who claimed he had been abused there;
- Beech claimed he was afraid of water – but prosecutors showed pictures of him swimming.
Beech’s claims led to raids on the homes of prominent and elderly people including former army chief, D-Day veteran Lord Brammall, whose wife of 64 years died during the investigation, before his named was cleared.
Field Marshall Lord Brammal, pictured with his wife of 64 years Dorothy, who died before his name was cleared
The charges relate to claims Beech made that former prime minister Edward Heath (left), ex-home secretary Leon Brittan (right) and others were part of a child abuse ring
Beech made extraordinary unfounded accusations against a list of prominent men including:
- Former PM Sir Edward Heath: he said he was sexually abused at Heath’s home in London and on his yacht
- Former head 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 demanded oral sex, abused him with a pen knife, and murdered two children, one after tying him to a table, raping, and stabbing him
- Former head of MI5 Michael Hanley, and former head of MI6 Maurice Oldfield: said to be responsible for abuse and torture including spiders being tipped over him, electric shocks, and having darts thrown at him, culminating in threats ‘to make him disappear’
- His step-father, Major Ray Beech: he said his step-father frequently and repeatedly abused, raped, and beat him, the first time in a public toilet at a wildlife park
- Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan: He said Brittan murdered a child, describing him as a ‘mini-Harvey’ who was sadistic and enjoyed putting his head under water
The Met Police spent 18 months and £2.5million investigating Beech’s claims of a Westminster paedophile ring
Timeline of Beech’s alleged falsehoods and the investigations they launched
2014/2015: Over more than 20 hours of recorded police interviews, Carl Beech makes lurid allegations of child rape and murder against senior Establishment figures including Ted Heath and Lord Brammall.
November 2014: The Met Police launch Operation Midland, which raids the homes of several elderly men looking for evidence to support Beech’s claims. A detective calls the accusations ‘credible and true’.
April 2015: D-Day veteran and former Army chief Lord Brammal interviewed.
June 2015: Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, whom Beech accused of child murder, interviewed under caution.
March 2016: Beech notified no further action was to be taken in respect of the allegations he had made.
2016: Northumbria Police conclude Beech’s claims are ‘totally unfounded, hopelessly compromised, and irredeemably contradicted by other testimony’.
November 2, 2016: Police arrive to raid Beech’s home in Gloucester.
January 23, 2018: Beech got £60,000 as an early pension from the NHS
February 6, 2018: He travels to Calais preparing to flee to Sweden, where he buys a cabin in the woods and lives under a series of assumed identities, travelling hundreds of miles from city to city to stay on the run
October 1, 2018: He was tracked down by Swedish and British police and arrested in advance of a 20-hour train journey to Gothenburg booked in the name of ‘Samuel Karlsson’.
2018: A highly critical review of Operation Midland reports police ‘acted like they were searching for bodies’ during raids on homes.
2018: Beech pleads guilty to possessing indecent images of children, in a separate trial.
December 2018: restriction on reporting of Carl Beech’s real identity lifted.
May 2019: Beech goes on trial for perverting the course of justice.
As well as Heath’s home and yacht, Beech claimed the venues for the abuse included Dolphin Square and the Carlton Club in London, Stowe School, London Zoo, and military bases including Imber, St David’s Barracks, Erskine Barracks which at the time was the HQ of the British Land Forces.
Beech accused 12 men: Major Ray Beech, his step-father; Lt General Beach; General Gibbs; Lord Brammall; Jimmy Savile; Peter Hayman; Harvey Proctor; Leon Brittan; Greville Janner; Edward Heath; Michael Hanley; Maurice Oldfield.
Mr Badenoch said the 12-week trial would show Beech’s accusations against the men were ‘demonstrably untrue.’
The Metropolitan Police’s disastrous £2 million Operation Midland investigation into Beech’s unsubstantiated and unsupported claims collapsed in 2016 with no arrests, despite a senior detective saying Nick’s stories were ‘credible and true’.
The Met has since paid six-figure sums in compensation to distinguished former Field Marshall Lord Brammall and to Lady Brittan whose late husband Leon was also accused by Beech.
The Met is yet to agree any compensation deal with former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, 70, who was falsely accused of rape and murder and lost his home and his job as a result.
It is thought Mr Proctor, who received a personal apology from the then Met Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, is seeking more than £500,000 for loss of earnings and damage to his reputation.
Leon Brittan and another accused, Greville Janner, both died within a year in 2015, the year following these allegations.
Dorothy Brammall, who was married to Edwin Brammall for 64 years, died during the course of the investigation and before Lord Brammall’s name was cleared.
During the probe, teams of more than 20 officers mounted dawn raids on the homes of some of the suspects, many of them now old and in poor health.
Last year a review of the flawed investigation, conducted by retired High Court judge, Sir Richard Henriques, said the police had acted as if they were ‘looking for bodies or bodies parts’, when carrying out the searches.
Sketches handed to police show Beech’s ‘memory and drawing skills improved immeasurably’ after he made the claims, prosecutors say
Prosecuting barrister Tony Badenoch QC told the jury at Newcastle Crown Court Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, had produced sketches to show his abuse.
But he added wryly Beech’s skills as a sketch artist had ‘improved immeasurably’, as had his memory, between a police interview in 2012 and another 2014 – a difference he put down to deliberate falsehoods by Beech.
The jury were shown bizarre sketches by Beech showing shadowy ‘demons’ with long talons subjecting what appear to be children to bloody tortures.
One picture was captioned with the words: ‘please, no more.’
In one of the sketches, Beech described a pool where boys were sexually abused, writing on the paper: ‘Each man selected one of us.
‘You then stuck with them unless they wanted to swap you with someone else. There would be a lot of touching.’
This sketch from Carl Beech’s notebook carries the message: ‘Please no more’
The jury at Newcastle Crown Court were shown pages from Beech’s sketchbooks. Beech described a pool where boys were sexually abused, writing : ‘Each man selected one of us’
Carl Beech provided a counsellor with a drawing which to use her words; ‘took her breath away’; a body map on which he had marked fractures to his head and body, puncture wounds to the groin, and burns to his back
The prosecutor said in 2012 Beech produced sketches ‘any self-respecting toddler could probably manage’
Mr Badenoch said: ‘When he spoke to Wiltshire Police in 2012 he provided sketches which any self-respecting toddler could probably manage.
‘Two years later when speaking to the Metropolitan Police his sketching skills had improved immeasurably as had his memory, if he is to be believed. Neither of those propositions is true.
‘The conclusion? Carl Beech copied pictures off the internet and told Metropolitan Police officers that he had been raped and sadistically abused at these locations when he hadn’t.
‘It is like everything else, a falsehood. An embellishment to a false story said to be from memory.’
‘There is nothing in his records to substantiate his claims and he has refused to be examined.’
Beech told the Metropolitan police that the ‘group’ had somebody he understood to be a doctor, who would ‘patch up’ the boys when the abusers had gone too far.
Nobody noticed injuries from this savage abuse over nine years of his life between the ages of seven and 16, the court heard.
Some of the later sketches of locations of alleged abuse looked to have been copied from internet photos
The court heard one picture Beech said was drawn from memory – of the Carlton Club in London where he claimed to have been abused by Harvey Proctor and Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath – had the exact number of front steps as the real building
Dawn Beech met him around five years later when he was in his early twenties and was then married to him for 22 years, she didn’t notice any marks on his body, and he didn’t complain of pain to his feet.
There wasn’t anything physical that she saw that supported his claims of electric shock treatment nor any savage abuse.
Carl Beech also provided a counsellor with a drawing which to use her words; ‘took her breath away’.
It was a body map on which he had marked countless fractures to his head and body, puncture wounds to the groin, and burns to his back, to name just a few. He said Beech’s medical records tell a completely different story.
They show nothing that suggest injuries that were ‘the result of infliction of electric torture, fractures and burns.’
‘The reason?’ asked Mr Badenoch. ‘He hadn’t been sadistically tortured and abused in the manner in which he described to Metropolitan Police Officers.’
The sketchbooks also contain hand drawing of the places he was abused for police and said they were’ done from memory.’
But on his computer imagery and photographs of the locations were found, which he had used to produce the drawings, the prosecution alleges.
One of his pictures of the Carlton Club in London, where he claimed to have been abused by Harvey Proctor amongst others, even had the exact number of front steps as the real building.
Unknown figures are seen in these sketches made by Carl Beech, seen by the trial jury
Another of the images drawn by Carl Beech who denies perverting the course of justice
These drawings from Beech’s notebook have been shown to jurors at his Crown Court trial
Another of the images which Crown prosecutors have shown to the jury in Newcastle
These extracts from Beech’s notebooks show a mixture of words and sketches
A human figure is seen in this sketch from Beech’s notebook alongside written words
These pages from Beech’s notebooks were also seen by jurors at Newcastle Crown Court
A selection of the sketches and drawings from Beech’s notebook, seen by the trial jury