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Defendant in VIP paedophile ‘lies’ case tells of childhood plane flight to Paris

Carl Beech made the revelation during cross-examination by prosecutors who accuse him of fabricating abuse claims.

Carl Beech being questioned by QC Mr Collingwood Thompson (Elizabeth Cook/PA)
Carl Beech being questioned by QC Mr Collingwood Thompson (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

An ex-nurse accused of inventing a murderous VIP paedophile ring told a court he was flown to Paris on a private Boeing 747 to be abused as a child.

The claim, which he had not previously told detectives, came as Carl Beech was being cross-examined by the prosecution for a second day at Newcastle Crown Court.

Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting, asked the defendant about a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim form he completed.

Beech was eventually paid £22,000 after claiming to have been abused over years by high-profile paedophiles.

He did not name them in this form, but was later to tell the Metropolitan Police the sadistic child abusers included senior military figures, politicians and security chiefs.

In the claim form, he said he was abused as a child at different premises around the country.

It was not something I was prepared to talk about Carl Beech

In court the 51-year-old from Gloucester went on to claim to have been flown to Paris, at an unknown time.

Mr Badenoch asked him what kind of plane he was taken on.

Beech replied: “I haven’t reported that so I don’t want to say in open court.”

After Mr Badenoch pressed him on the matter, he said it was a private 747.

When asked who else was on the plane, Beech paused before replying: “I don’t recall.”

Mr Badenoch asked: “You got a Boeing 747 to Paris and you don’t recall… Because you are making it up as you go along?”

Beech replied: “No.”

Mr Badenoch asked why he had not mentioned the private flight to Paris in his 20 hours of interviews with the Metropolitan Police when he set out his claims about what happened to him as a boy.

Beech replied: “It was not something I was prepared to talk about.”

The court had previously heard how a £2 million investigation into his claims, named Operation Midland, ended without a single arrest, with the father of one eventually being investigated by Northumbria Police and arrested.

He denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud, which relates to his compensation claim.

Beech only paid a £10,000 deposit on a £34,000 Ford Mustang after receiving £22,000 criminal injuries compensation in March 2015, the court heard.

The defendant insisted he had been intending to buy the convertible for years before the claim money came through.

Mr Badenoch asked Beech about a series of boys’ names he passed to the Metropolitan Police, claiming they were fellow victims of the ring.

The first name on his list was “Aubrey”, someone the jury has heard Beech admit was not actually a victim of abuse, but was a pseudonym for a purported other victim called John whose surname he would not reveal.

He could not or would not give extra, identifying details about boys he named to police as “James”, “Steve”, “Alex”, “Duncan”, and “Andrew”.

He has previously said a boy he called Scott was deliberately knocked down and killed as a punishment for Beech making him a friend.

The court has heard police have found no record of any missing boy called Scott being run over and killed in that area, or going missing.

Mr Badenoch said: “Scott is a fiction, like Aubrey.”

Beech replied: “I wish he was.”

He also denied a document titled Too Many Secrets was intended to be published as a memoir of his survivor’s story.

Beech, who previously wrote a self-published book on nursing, said he wrote the 75-page document “to help collate and organise my thoughts”.

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