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Press Frenzy Surrounding Beech’s Conviction is in Danger of Hurting Real Victims


Press Frenzy Surrounding Beech’s Conviction is in Danger of Hurting Real Victims

There’s no question that Carl Beech made false accusations against a number of innocent VIP’s.  Beech was an accomplished liar that fooled journalists and highly experienced Metropolitan Police Detectives into believing his stories and his guilt in these matters will certainly be reflected in his sentencing, later this week.

Beech’s false accusations resulted in significant harm to innocent victims and we believe the way such matters are investigated needs to change so that other false accusers are unable to cause the harm that Beech caused.

However, Beech’s guilt does not mean every VIP accuser is a liar, and the public should remain mindful that Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is accused by many people of abusing boys in children’s homes in Leicestershire where he was an MP.

The IICSA has received complaints from at least 30 people that allege Janner carried out abuse of victims during a 30 year period since the 1950’s.

A preliminary IICSA hearing in the Janner investigation will take place on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 10.30am.

In her Determination dated 11 April 2017, the Chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay OBE,  set out her view that the public hearing in this investigation should not be held until she was satisfied that an appropriate balance has been struck to minimise:

(a) duplication of work that is being conducted by other organisations, in particular, the IPCC (now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC),

(b) the risk that a public hearing will contaminate evidence relevant to any criminal proceedings, and

(c) the risk that the welfare of some individuals may be adversely affected by repeated questioning about issues relevant to this investigation.

The Chair noted that she would continue to review the progress of the IOPC investigation and that she did not rule out the possibility that any public hearings in the investigation could commence before the IOPC has concluded all of its work.

The IOPC has recently provided the Inquiry with submissions which explain the investigatory steps that it has carried out, the reasons for the extended timetable and the work that it is yet to complete.

Among the institutions that may be considered in the course of the Lord Janner investigation are the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Leicestershire County Council, the Labour Party, Parliament, government departments and the security and intelligence services.

The investigation will consider whether any attempts were made to exert improper influence in order to hinder or prevent an institution from effectively investigating or otherwise responding to the allegations.

A previous preliminary hearing in the Lord Janner investigation took place on the 26 July 2016.

The IICSA Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

Sarah Davies
Sarah Davies
Exaro News investigates matters of public interest and seeks to uncover the truth.


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