| Carl Beech |
|Born||Carl Stephen Gass|
Carl Beech was born Carl Stephen Gass in 1968. Following his parents' separation, his mother Charmian married Major Raymond Beech in 1976, a soldier based in Wiltshire. Carl took his stepfather's surname. On 22 July 2019, Carl Beech was found guilty of making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against a string of public figures Four days later on 26 July 2019, Beech was jailed for 18 years.
Operation Midland arose from the allegations of claims Carl Beech (then referred to as 'Nick'), a man aged in his 40s. Beech was contacted by Exaro, and sold his story. Exaro then sold stories to newspapers and Mark Conrad, a reporter from Exaro, accompanied him to an early meeting with detectives, as an introductory measure, following a request by the Metropolitan Police agreed to by Beech.
Claims of physical and sexual abuse
Carl Beech claimed that his stepfather was the first to physically and sexually abuse him and that he was subsequently passed to other figures of authority during his childhood from 1975 to 1984. Beech named 12 people, including the former Members of Parliament Harvey Proctor and Greville Janner, the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, the former UK Prime Minister Edward Heath, the former Chief of the Defence Staff Edwin Bramall, the former Director of the Secret Intelligence Service Maurice Oldfield, and the former Director-General of MI5 Michael Hanley. Beech falsely claimed that he was abused at a number of places including Dolphin Square, the Carlton Club, and various other places in the Home Counties.[Which?] Beech also claimed that the group murdered three children: two for sexual pleasure, and a third to intimidate the others. Proctor's solicitors told him that Beech stated that he had seen Proctor repeatedly stab a 12-year-old boy before strangling him to death, and that he himself had been raped by Harvey Proctor.
"Credible and true" allegations
The officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, said in December 2014 that experienced officers had concluded that the allegations were "credible and true". McDonald was later criticised for the statement, and it was retracted. The public nature of the investigation was modelled on the successful investigations of Operation Yewtree, but no further witnesses came forward.
Proctor detailed Beech's claims in public for the first time at a press conference, and also named his fellow accused. In September 2015 the Metropolitan Police said that they should never have asserted that "Nick"'s claims were true. Proctor and Bramall were subsequently interviewed under caution but were never arrested, and nothing was found in any police searches to support Beech's allegations. Bramall and Proctor both wanted Beech investigated for wasting police time. Brittan subsequently died before the inquiry concluded that there was no credible case against him. Nonetheless, police raided Brittan's home six weeks after his death and took computers, hard drives and papers without informing his widow of the reasons.
Zac Goldsmith alleged in a parliamentary speech that Brittan was an abuser. The Guardian wrote in March 2016 that "Both politicians have been accused of abusing their positions to influence the police inquiries and cast aspersions upon alleged abusers".
After UK police failed to arrest anyone as a result of Beech's charges, he was himself charged.
Child pornography charges
Beech originally denied making and possessing indecent images of children, but later admitted it. He was sentenced to 18 months for this charge.
Perverting the course of justice
Regarding the Westminster VIPaedophile ring allegations, Beech plead not guilty to 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud, but on 22 July 2019, he was found guilty of them all, for which he was given 15 years and 18 months.
|Document:Epstein's Death Must Be the Start, not the End, of the Investigation||blog post||11 August 2019||Craig Murray||It is a great shame that in the UK, the Establishment has been able to characterise the falsifications of Carl Beech as discrediting the entire notion of historical child sexual abuse.|
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