Carl Beech will go on trial for perverting the course of justice next year over the claims which sparked the VIP abuse inquiry
The man known only as ‘Nick’ whose allegations sparked the Westminster VIP sex abuse inquiry can be pictured for the first time today after a judge lifted a legal order banning his identification.
Carl Beech, 50, is set to go on trial, accused of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.
He appeared before Newcastle Crown Court via videolink this afternoon as Judge Paul Sloan QC lifted a reporting restriction which previously prevented the media from identifying him.
No pleas have been entered and Beech will stand trial on May 7 next year. The hearing, which has been put back, will take place at Newcastle Crown Court and should last six to eight weeks.
At a hearing last month Beech’s barrister Raymond Tully said: ‘We anticipate that the matter will be fully contested.’
The Metropolitan Police launched Operation Midland after it received allegations of a VIP paedophile ring operating in Westminster.
However, the £2.5million probe closed after finding no evidence of any wrongdoing.
In September 2017, Northumbria Police passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service which led to Beech being charged.
Claims by Beech led to a police inquiry into allegations of a Westminster ‘VIP sex ring’