A man who triggered a huge police investigation in the UK after he alleged MPs and other prominent people had run a paedophile ring has appeared in court. He was finally identified as Carl Beech, a 50-year-old former NHS manager.
Beech — who had previously been known only as “Nick” — denied 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.
A judge lifted the order banning his identification.
He is alleged to have made multiple false claims about sex crimes and murders carried out by powerful men at Dolphin Square in Westminster, which prompted Scotland Yard’s £2.5 million (US$3.2 million) Operation Midland probe.
Nick claimed he witnessed child abuse and murder in the 1970s and 80s.
Tory MP Furious About Police Handling Of ‘False’ Allegations
But in July he was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service, which has accused him of lying about witnessing former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor murder a child, as well as two other killings of young boys.
Beech faces a trial at Newcastle Crown Court on May 7.
In May this year Mr. Proctor, 71, sued the Metropolitan Police for £1 million ($1.2 million) over their handling of Beech’s allegations against him.
He also allegedly lied about being molested by members of the “paedophile ring” which included senior military figures, politicians and TV celebrities.