Westminster child abuse accuser guilty of perverting course of justice

The man who claimed to have been abused by a murderous VIP paedophile ring in Westminster has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Carl Beech, previously known as ‘Nick’, said he had been abused by those in power at the top of society.

Today he has been convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.

His lies led to the Metropolitan Police raiding the homes of 91-year-old Normandy veteran Field Marshall Lord Bramall, the late Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

Mr Proctor blasted the force, calling the episode ‘a truly disgraceful chapter in the history of British policing’.

The £2 million police operation known as Operation Midland ended without making a single arrest.

Beech gave hours of tearful interviews claiming his late step-father, an Army Major, raped him, then passed him on to generals to be tortured at military bases and sadistically sexually abused by other Establishment figures in the 1970s and 1980s.

He named former prime minister Sir Edward Heath, Mr Proctor, disgraced TV star Jimmy Savile and security chiefs Sir Michael Hanley, the head of MI5, and MI6 boss Sir Maurice Oldfield among the gang after meeting a journalist from the defunct news agency Exaro.

He claimed a schoolboy named Scott was deliberately knocked down and killed, that another boy who might have been the missing teenager Martin Allen was raped and strangled in front of him and said another youth was battered to death by the ring.

A senior detective wrongly called the allegations ‘credible and true’ before the force had completed their inquiries.

With what Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting, described as ‘breath-taking hypocrisy’, Beech himself was a paedophile with an interest in pre-teen boys.

The school governor and NSPCC volunteer was due to be tried on indecent images and voyeurism charges last summer but went on the run to Sweden, where he bought two remote properties and tried to evade justice using false identities.

His fraud conviction relates to a £22,000 criminal injuries payout he falsely claimed for being raped by Savile.

After the trial, Mr Proctor said he was still to settle a claim against the Metropolitan Police, saying their raid cost his home and the job he loved, working for the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

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