A man, who became known as ‘Nick’, has gone on trial accused of making “the most heinous” false allegations of child murder, rape, kidnap and widespread sexual abuse against dozens of senior public figures, including powerful politicians, members of the armed forces and intelligence services.
Carl Beech, 51, is charged with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud, after he went to the police and claimed to have been tortured by a powerful paedophile ring when he was a child.
The allegations, that were described by Scotland Yard as “credible and true”, led to a £2 million police investigation.
Among those he claimed had abused him were the former home secretary, Lord Brittan, Field Marshall Lord Bramall and the former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor.
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.
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 men. Carl Beech claimed that when he was a young school-boy 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 show-business, 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 he expected the police to take the allegations 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.”
Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud and the trial continues.