For years he was known only as “Nick”. Cloaked by the anonymity given to genuine victims of sex offences, Carl Beech falsely claimed to have witnessed murders and been sexually abused by senior public figures. His claims led to a controversial police investigation that saw detectives search the home of Lord Bramall, the former head of the British Army.
Today a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found that Beech made it all up, finding him guilty on 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and of fraudulently claiming £22,000 in criminal injuries compensation. And a warning: this report contains some disturbing themes.