Carl Beech, 51, (pictured outside Worcester Crown Court in March 2018) is of accused of falsely claiming a powerful group of politicians and high-profile figures abused him as a child decades ago
A ‘fantasist’ who invented a VIP paedophile ring so he could claim £22,000 victim compensation had debts of £70,000 before he told police, a court heard.
Carl Beech, 51, is of accused of falsely claiming a powerful group of politicians and high-profile figures abused him as a child decades ago, along with other young boys.
His trial at Newcastle Crown Court today heard he and his ex-wife Dawn accumulated huge credit card debts and had their motor home repossessed because he was unable to keep up monthly payments.
He later told Wiltshire Police he had been the victim of sexual assault and was awarded £22,000 by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2015 – despite the lack of evidence.
He now faces 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and fraudulently claiming compensation.
Beech, of Gloucester, is also alleged to have made up claims that the group was responsible for the murders of three children.
He gave detectives the names of several people who he claimed had abused him, including a Saudi Prince and number of foreign royal family members, his trial was told.
He went to the CICA on Boxing Day 2013 after a separate complaint to Wiltshire Police.
The case was classified as ‘undetected’ through a lack of evidence, but Wiltshire Police told the CICA there was ‘clearly a significant degree of psychology suffering’ exhibited in his interviews.
In the 17 months it took the CICIA to make the payment, Beech complained several times about ‘being kept waiting’.
Financial Investigator Nolan Robinson worked with Northumbria Police to investigate Beech’s claim and gave evidence in court today about the state of his finances.
He told the court that Beech’s now ex-wife calculated their debts at £70,000 in 2011.
After analysing Beech’s bank account, he found that he was withdrawing all the money paid in every month and also being hit by up to £80 in overdraft charges on some occasions.
On the December 23 2011, the former nurse was made redundant and was paid £19,425 by Gloucestershire hospitals – but the sum was eaten up by paying off debts and living expenses.
Beech landed a new £45,000-a-year job as an assessor with the NHS’s Care Quality Commission, but continued to withdraw everything in his account – and sometimes more – each month.
The ‘fantasist’ helped detectives draw up e-fits of boys he claimed had been murdered by the MP Harvey Proctor (above) and others
His financial problems were compounded, the court heard, by a £30,400 motor home he bought in 2007, but he could not keep up the £400 a month payments and it was repossessed in 2013.
Even when it was sold off it left Beech owing £6,000 which he arranged to pay off in £100 a month installments.
Mr Robinson’s investigation stretched back to 2011 and went up to April 2016.
Despite his redundancy payment and the CICA payment – a total of £41,425 – Mr Robinson said Beech had a ‘zero balance’ at the beginning of his analysis and had returned to that by the end of it.
The court heard that on two occasions the CICA apologised to Beech for delays and even brought it forward following calls and emails from him describing the service he was receiving as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘appalling.’
One of the first things he did after receiving the money was putting a £9,750 deposit on a £34,000 white Ford Mustang convertible super car from a local dealership, the jury was told today.
Throughout the period he was waiting for confirmation his claim would be agreed, Beech persistently emailed and called the CICA.
At one stage he wrote: ‘I have not been able to pay my counsellor for some time as I just cannot afford it. The CICA is supposed to help victims of crime not make things worse.’
Beech claimed he was undressed and abused by Lord Bramall (pictured in November 2017 at his home in Hampshire), who is now aged 95
A later investigation by Northumbria Police in 2016 found Beech had invented the sexual assaults and falsely accused high profile public figures such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Bramall, Leon Brittan and Harvey Proctor of rape, abuse and in Mr Proctor’s case child murder.
Beech had claimed to be treated ‘like a sweet in a bag to be handed out and shared.’
When he first disclosed the names of Westminster figures to officials he said that snakes had been used as part of the abuse he suffered.
Beech produced a body map for his therapist detailing the dozens of injuries he’d allegedly received from the Group, which featured two bodies with colour-coded injuries demonstrated on them.
The purple marks were for snakebites, Ms Paterson told the court. The snake bites were on his shin, inner thigh, his left arm, his groin and his genitals.
Black marks on the body maps denoted wasp stings all over his body and red marks showed apparent burns.
There were also pink marks were ‘objects had been inserted into him.’
Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice by inventing his claims of abuse and one of fraud in relation to the allegedly false claim to the CICA.
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