The man formerly known as ‘Nick’ who claimed he was a victim of an alleged “Westminster Paedophile Ring” had his real identity revealed as Carl Stephen Beech, after a judge lifted reporting restrictions.
Beech triggered Operation Midland, a huge Metropolitan Police investigation costing £2.5 million (US$3.2 million) in the UK after alleging MP’s and others had run a VIP paedophile ring, making allegations against politicians Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and Harvey Proctor and the ex-chief of the defence staff, Lord Bramall.
Ordinarily UK victims of rape and sex crimes are guaranteed anonymity for life from the date of complaint but in some circumstances, judges may lift these restrictions, such as when the complainants themselves are charged with an offence.
In July 2018, Beech was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service and is now accused of lying about witnessing former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor murdering a child, as well as lying about two other killings of young boys and denied a total of 12 charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice, as well as one count of fraud, when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, December 3.
The fraud charge accuses Beech of making a £22,000 (US$27,677) fraudulent Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim.
No pleas were entered and Beech will stand trial on May 7, 2019. The hearing will take place at Newcastle Crown Court and is likely to last six to eight weeks.
Beech’s trial will follow the public Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) hearings related to “Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse linked to Westminster” that are scheduled to be heard throughout March, 2019.