Back at the Old Bailey today for day 3 of the PC Harper trial. Brian Altman QC for the prosecution wrapped up the opening yesterday and so today we are on to the first witnesses.
Mr Justice Edis QC addresses the jury explaining that they are about to begin hearing the evidence of the case. Explaining that someone the witnesses that will be heard this morning will be in the form of witness statements.
Brian Altman QC for the prosecution asks the jury to turn to their bundle before beginning to read out the first witness statements
Back at Newcastle Crown Court for the continuing cross examination of Carl Beech, the man formerly known as “Nick”. Yesterday the court heard how Beech interchanged “Aubrey”, “John” and his best man John Prance when discussing the alleged abuse he suffered as a child.
Beech takes to the witness box. Badenoch QC begins by looking at Beech’s claim for compensation.
Beech kept a document on his USB stick about reporting child abuse, within this was the CICA scheme. Beech says this was part of a support pack. He says he first became aware of the compensation scheme when his mother fostered children. He knew about it before Wiltshire police.
At Newcastle Crown Court today for the trial of Carl Beech. Cross examination expected to begin later today. Last week the court heard Beech describe the abuse he alleges he suffered at the hands of a VIP paedophile ring and he admitted to lying about having child abuse images.
Carl Beech takes to the witness box sporting the same outfit as last week - dark blue jumper, beige trousers and black trainers.
Collingwood Thompson QC for the defence opens, having deliberated over the weekend, there are two outstanding matters.
Back at Newcastle Crown Court today for the trial of Carl Beech as he continues his evidence in chief. Yesterday Beech detailed the alleged abuse he suffered at the hands Jimmy Savile, Harvey Proctor and Lord Brittan - among others -reiterating that he stands by his claims.
Mr Beech takes to the witness box wearing a dark blue jumper, beige trousers and black trainers.
Collingwood Thompson QC turns to the ABE interviews with the Met Police 2014, but first - blogging. Beech says he used the name “Carl Survivor” while blogging and “Chasserow” (excuse any spelling mistake in this).
At Newcastle Crown Court again today at the trial of Carl Beech, as he continues his evidence. Yesterday the defendant spent over three hours detailing his alleged abuse. Collingwood Thompson QC for the defence will continue his questioning this morning.
Carl Beech takes to the witness box wearing what looks to be the same dark blue jumper, beige trousers and black trainers.
Collingwood Thompson QC turns Beech’s attention back to the list of names (of alleged abusers), first asking about the locations next to Edward Heath’s name - Wilton Street being the first. Beech says he remembers the name of the street, “it’s where it all started for me”.
Back at Newcastle Crown Court for the opening of the defence in the trial of Carl Beech, who is charged with 12 counts of Perverting the Course of Justice and 1 of Fraud. The defendant, Carl Beech - also known as “Nick” - is expected to take to the stand today.
*Carl Beech is expected to take to the witness box
Collingwood Thompson QC, defending Carl Beech, calls Carl Beech to the witness box. Dressed in a navy blue jumper, beige corduroy trousers and black trainers.
Back once again at Newcastle Crown Court for the trial of Carl Beech - today DS Mark Lewis of Wiltshire Police is set to continue his evidence. Yesterday closed with DS Lewis explaining that he had opened enquiries into finding “Aubrey” the boy Carl said was also abused.
On the 19 April 2013 DS Lewis received an email from Beech asking to discuss what info was found in military records concerning his step father. DS Lewis said there were few remaining lines of enquiry and that he was satisfied that Major Raymond Beech was deceased
21 April 2013 DS Lewis emailed Mr Beech asking if he wanted an update on the case. He had been unable to identify any people in “the group”.
And so we return from lunch at Newcastle Crown Court for the continuation of evidence from DS Lewis in the trial of Carl Beech
Before lunch Mr Beech had been summarising the punishments he had been subject to
DS Lewis, in the video, asks about the recording equipment used to record Carl’s alleged abuse. Carl says he never saw a picture of himself at the time but that he was shown a few when he was in Kingston.
Back for day 2 of the opening of the trial of Carl Beech, the man formerly known as “Nick” whose allegations led to a £2m police investigation into a non-existent high profile paedophile ring. Trial set to continue from 1030.
Tony Badenoch QC opens day 2 of the trial of Carl Beech by returning to the pen-knife and the military epaulettes that Mr Beech says fell from an individual who sexually abused him
The judge, Justice Goss QC, is now being shown the two military epaulettes, before they are handed around the jury
Today I’m at Newcastle Crown Court for the opening of the trial of Carl Beech - who is accused of making false allegations of the “most serious kind” against senior public figures in Parliament, the military, the intelligence services and a showbiz personality, Jimmy Saville.
Opening the case, Tony Badenoch QC explains to the jury, the investigation that was sparked from Mr Beech’s allegations - Operation Midland - opened in Nov 2014 and ran to estimated costs of £2m
Adding: “These false allegations led to police enquiries being made of living men, amongst them Lord Brittan, Lord Bramall and Mr Harvey Proctor.”