A man accused of making “incredible and untrue” claims of abuse and murder set up a fake email address to corroborate his story, a court has heard.
Carl Beech – previously known as “Nick” – is accused of fabricating the claims against a group of public figures that included politicians.
Newcastle Crown Court was told he pretended to be “Fred”, a witness he said would back up his story.
Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.
Jurors heard that “Fred” was actually Mr Beech.
Mr Beech’s allegations, which included a claim that three young boys were murdered by members of the group, led to a £2m Metropolitan Police investigation, which ended with no further action being taken.
Among those accused was former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward Heath, ex-Tory home secretary Lord Brittan, former head of the armed forces Lord Bramall and former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor.
Lord Bramall’s wife died during the police inquiry and Lord Brittan died while under investigation.
The court heard on Wednesday that during the police inquiry, Mr Beech told officers another man – given the pseudonym “Fred” – had been abused alongside him as a child.
He claimed “Fred” had also witnessed one of the alleged murders, jurors heard.
‘Encrypted email account’
Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said: “Unsurprisingly the investigative team wanted to speak with Fred.”
“They went through Carl Beech initially. Carl Beech purported to be corresponding with another person, Fred,” he added.
“Fred” later corresponded directly with the Met using “an encrypted email account”, the court heard.
But when detectives from Northumbria investigated the email account, they found “the person behind the encrypted email account was Carl Beech,” Mr Badenoch said.
He said “Fred” had at one stage purported to provide his real name – John – who was a real person known to Mr Beech.
The prosecutor said Mr Beech told his counsellor about abuse suffered by John, but the “reality” was that John had suffered “no abuse”.
The trial continues.