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Carl Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud

A man accused of inventing a VIP paedophile ring has said he lied about possessing indecent images of children.

Carl Beech, 51, is on trial over claims he was a victim of an alleged paedophile network made up of high-profile figures from politics, the military and intelligence agencies.

Mr Beech, from Gloucester, claims the group sexually abused and murdered three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

He denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.

Mr Beech’s allegations led to a £2m Scotland Yard inquiry that ended without any arrests or charges.

Among the people he accused were former prime minister Sir Edward Heath and former home secretary Lord Brittan.

‘In denial’

During his trial at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, Mr Beech was asked why he initially denied separate charges involving child abuse images, only to admit the offences when he was about to face an earlier trial.

He replied: “Because I was ashamed of what I had done and couldn’t admit it to myself. I was in denial.”

In that case he also pleaded guilty to voyeurism, by secretly filming a boy indecently.

The court heard that while he was under investigation he went to Sweden, where he used different names.

He said he wanted to change his name and one of the ones he opted for was a family name. He told the jury he did not know why he used another name as well.

He described his decision not to return to the UK to face a court hearing as “a stupid mistake.”

He was extradited from Sweden to Britain after he was found following a search by law enforcement agencies.

He also told the court he met Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, after the MP asked to see him following his allegations.

During the trial, he refused to fully identify another alleged victim – a childhood friend he called John – who he said could corroborate his claims.

He told the court he would not reveal his surname because he did not have his permission to do so.

The Metropolitan Police attempted to contact John – who Mr Beech previously gave the pseudonym Fred – with Mr Beech agreeing to act as a go-between.

One of the charges Mr Beech faces relates to setting up a fake email account to pass on false information to the police allegedly from John.

Mr Beech said John considered coming forward but was concerned about how it would affect him, so never spoke to detectives. He said he has had no contact with John since September 2015.

The prosecution has claimed Mr Beech – identified in earlier media reports as “Nick” – is a fantasist.

The trial continues.

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