Man accused of lying about VIP abuse ring is 'committed and manipulative paedophile', court told

Carl Beech is accused of lying about a Westminster VIP ring of child abusers and killers. Credit: Crown Prosecution Service/PA

The man accused of lying about a Westminster VIP ring of child abusers and killers is himself a “committed and manipulative paedophile”, a court heard.

Carl Beech, known by the pseudonym Nick, hid his sexual interest in young boys behind a secret app on his iPad, tried to frame someone else, and only later admitted a series of charges, jurors were told.

Beech told police in 2016 he and other children were sexually abused by powerful figures – including the former prime minister Ted Heath, the head of the Army and security chiefs – in the 1970s.

Others he named included the former MP Harvey Proctor, the late Lord Brittan and other Army generals, claiming three children were murdered by the ring.

Newcastle Crown Court has now been told that Beech admitted making and possessing indecent images of children and voyeurism at a previous hearing.

Northumbria Police was tasked with investigating the 51-year-old after the Metropolitan Police’s £2 million Operation Midland ended without making a single arrest.

Officers raided his rented Gloucester home and seized electronic devices on which they found indecent images of young boys, covert images of schoolboys taken by him, and recordings.

Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting, said: “These child sex offences were committed whilst he was speaking to investigating police officers.

“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 own iPad a secret app. It was an app which looked to all and intents and purposes like a calculator. Only it wasn’t.

“Two codes were required to look at the content stored behind the calculator image.

“What was that? Indecent images of young boys of the most serious kind and a covert recording.”

Beech was prosecuted and tried to frame someone else until he pleaded guilty, after a jury had been sworn in, Mr Badenoch said.

That took 18 months, and included the former nurse and Care Quality Commission employee fleeing the country, Mr Badenoch added.

He said: “The 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 upon others; whether it is falsely accusing them of heinous crimes.”

“It also demonstrates that Carl Beech has an interest in child pornography.

“Not something which is learnt behaviour from something which happened, but the reverse.”

After he was charged with the indecent images offences, Beech fled to Sweden and grew a lengthy beard as a “rudimentary disguise” and bought a £17,000 property in a remote forested area, jurors were told.

Carl Beech, known as Nick, looks on as Tony Badenoch QC speaks the prosecution at Newcastle Crown Court. Credit: Elizabeth Cook

Mr Badenoch said Beech “sought to evade justice”, leading to a manhunt being launched.

He received almost £60,000 from an early retirement pension from the NHS and travelled to Calais in February 2018.

Beech moved to Sweden and tried to set up a new life, taking on a new identity and moving around the country under false names, with multiple hotel stays using pre-payment cards that were hard to trace, the court heard.

But he could not evade the Swedish authorities and he was arrested on a train in Gothenburg in October, Mr Badenoch said.

The court was played drone footage of Beech’s remote woodland property.

Earlier, the court was told Beech craved attention, made money from his claims and intended to become an international speaker on “survivors”.

The father-of-one, from Gloucester, denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud – relating to a payment in 2013 of £22,000 for criminal injuries.