Pathologist finds no evidence of physical injuries claimed by VIP abuse ring accuser

A Home Office pathologist told a court she could find no evidence of any of the sadistic injuries an ex-nurse claimed to have suffered at the hands of a VIP paedophile ring.

Carl Beech, 51, told his counsellor in 2013 he suffered broken bones, was stabbed between his fingers with needles and pins, was beaten, cut and burnt, had snake bites inflicted, as well as being put through serious sexual abuse, at the hands of a powerful group of men in the 1970s and 1980s.

He drew a body map for his counsellor indicating in different colours the places he said he was hurt when he was aged between seven and 16, Newcastle Crown Court has heard.

Beech, who is accused of making up the allegations which led to the Metropolitan Police launching its £2 million Operation Midland, was examined earlier this month by pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton and X-rayed as recently as Monday.

Beech consented to be examined all over his body by a female pathologist and kept on his underwear, jurors heard.

Prior to the examination he again listed a series of injuries he claimed to have suffered all over his body, including burns to the soles of his feet.

Dr Bolton, who has carried out 2,000 post-mortem examinations, said it was “inconceivable” that she would find no residual marks of any of the injuries the defendant had described.

Analysis of his X-rays by an expert in forensic radiology also revealed there was no evidence of any old fractures in the places where Beech claimed to have suffered broken bones following abuse, the court heard.

Dr Bolton told the court: “Even though some injuries may have faded or may not have scarred, given the extent of the injuries described, I would expect to see something, and quite simply I have seen no residual evidence of any injury.”

She was shown the body map and email that Beech had produced for his counsellor six years ago and agreed she was aware of them before she carried out her examination.

Beech, a father-of-one from Gloucester, denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.


A computer belonging to an ex-nurse who alleged he was abused by a high-ranking paedophile gang was used to access a video with a title referring to serious sexual abuse of a baby boy, a jury heard.

Police found 28 of the category A most serious images of abuse of children, 116 category B and 189 category C images on a Cloudbook computer belonging to Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester.

Newcastle Crown Court was told the computer had been used to access four video files, one of which referred to sexually abusing a “baby son”, “man and two boys 12 y o” and another called “little boy and man 10min23sec”.

Peter Ratliff, prosecuting, questioned former Gloucestershire Police detective Ian Bennett who investigated Beech’s many digital devices after Northumbria Police raided his home in November 2016.

Mr Ratliff described three of the category A images as involving serious sexual abuse of boys aged between 10 and 14.

The jury has heard Beech, a father-of-one who worked as an NHS manager and a Care Quality Commission inspector, was treated as a victim by the Metropolitan Police when they launched a major inquiry into his allegations that he was abused by high-ranking sadistic paedophiles in the 1970s and 1980s, including Army top brass, security chiefs and politicians.

Their £2 million Operation Midland failed to make a single arrest and Northumbria Police was tasked to investigate Beech, which led to his home being raided on suspicion he had lied.

The subsequent discovery of the material on his devices led Gloucestershire Police to launch Operation Diamond into his possession of indecent images.

The trial continues on Thursday

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