A man told police a false-hearted “extraordinary tale” about groupings of powerful anatomies who sexually mistreated and assassinated boys, a court has heard.
Carl Beech, 51, is accused of lying about “three child slayings, multiple assaults, kidnapping, inaccurate imprisonment and pervasive sexual abuse”.
His claims led to a PS2m Metropolitan Police investigation, which ended with no further action being taken.
Mr Beech repudiates 12 counts of debasing the course of justice and one of fraud.
Mr Beech, formerly from Gloucester and known as “Nick” when he firstly realized the amount claimed, was in Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday for the start of his trial.
He claimed that he was first sexually abused by his stepfather, Major Ray Beech, when he was seven years old and went on to allege abuse by a group of public figures, including from politics and the military.
Among those he alleged was former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward Heath, ex-Tory home secretary Lord Brittan, former is chairman of the armed forces Lord Bramall and former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor.
The jury was told Mr Beech picked his “targets” after browsing the internet.
Detectives investigated Mr Beech’s asserts until 2016 when they asked another police force – Northumbria – to investigate the accuser himself.
Northumbria Police found his legend to be “totally unfounded, hopelessly endangered and irredeemably contradicted”, the court heard.
Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC told the jury: “It is quite impossible to conceive of allegations of a worse genu to be made.”
He said “immeasurable distress” had been caused to those accused and those close to them – and they had suffered “obvious reputational damage”.
Mr Proctor has spoken freely in public to defend himself against the allegation that “he is a sadistic child killer and that he devoted other serious sex offences”, the court heard.
Jurors were told that, as an exclusively innocent humankind, Mr Proctor was “still enraged”.
Both Mr Proctor and Lord Bramall had their homes scoured as a result of the allegations.
Lord Bramall’s wife died during the police inquiry – codenamed Operation Midland – and Lord Brittan died while under investigation.
‘Parties where defamation happened’
Mr Beech claimed the abuse happened after school, when he was picked up by a move and taken to “parties” where there were 10 to 15 men and around seven or eight boys.
Mr Beech “claimed that he was the victim of much of the abuse and he was a direct witness to the killing of three young boys”, the court was told.
Mr Beech told police that he witnessed Mr Proctor killing a son.
Jurors heard how Mr Beech is argued that at an army site, the former head of MI5, Michael Hanley, and the former head of MI6, Maurice Oldfield, subjected him to torture.
Mr Beech claimed “hes had” spiders tip-off on him, electric shocks and darts thrown at him.
The prosecutor said Mr Beech had described to patrol “the most horrific sexual and physical abuse”, but that his medical records did not substantiate the claims.
The court likewise heard that the defendant’s ex-wife, whom he even married his early 20 s, did not notice any tags on his torso and saw good-for-nothing physical that supported his claims of electric shock treatment nor any mortal abuse.
The court was played a video interrogation Mr Beech had given to the Met Police in November 2014, during which he cried as he described details of the first alleged assassinate.
He claimed a schoolmate called “Scott” was deliberately run down in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1979.
The court see Northumbria Police resolved “there is no weight of evidence whatsoever” to support Mr Beech’s report about Scott.
Prosecutor Mr Badenoch told jurors: “There was no such homicide. No missing boy.”
Mr Beech likewise claimed that one of the sons he watched being murdered was Martin Allen, a 15 -year-old boy who went missing in London in 1979 and have not been able to been witnessed since, jurors heard.
Martin Allen’s brother Kevin was contacted by Scotland Yard in 2014 and told his brother may have been linked to a VIP paedophile ring.
Mr Badenoch said: “The source of that false hope to Kevin Allen, 35 times after his brother went missing, was ultimately the false-hearted allegations of this defendant, Carl Beech.”
And jurors were also told that Mr Beech had claimed he had a lifelong fear of water and could not swim, because aspects of the suspect abuse involved being held underwater and hurl in a pool.
But, the prosecutor said, police located photos and videos of him swimming all over the world over several decades, straddling from with children at theme parks, to honeymoon snorkelling for eggshells, and at a kitty with flippers, mask and snorkel.
It was “an adult lifetime of swimming memories”, Mr Badenoch said.
‘Fled to Sweden’
The court hear how the Met Police consume PS2m on their investigations conducted by Mr Beech’s claims and described them publicly as “credible and true”.
He first contacted Wiltshire Police in 2012 with allegations of abuse by his stepfather as well as Jimmy Savile. Between 2014 and 2016 he made further allegations to the Met Police, with a register of suspect abusers.
In 2016, when that investigation ended with no further action, police began investigating Mr Beech himself.
Police searched Mr Beech’s Gloucester home in November 2016 and abducted various electronic devices.
During their investigation, a number of Mr Beech’s claims “were found to be provably false”, the court heard.
“He had lied about the content of these allegations, taken active steps to embellish a false fib, and then cover his tracks when challenged, ” Mr Badenoch said.
When questioned by police about this, he “fled the country and lived overseas as a fugitive” before being located in Sweden.
The jury likewise heard that Mr Beech’s former schoolteachers had said he had good attendance – contrary to his claims of being taken out of readings to be abused.
The trial continues.