The ex-wife of an alleged VIP abuse fantasist first heard about his claims after seeing him being interviewed on tv, a courtroom has heard.
Daybreak Beech stated her ex-husband, Carl, by no means stated something throughout their marriage about witnessing murders or being abused by well-known folks.
Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one among fraud.
Ms Beech stated he denied being on TV when she challenged him about it.
Recognized by the title “Nick” when his claims had been first reported within the media, Mr Beech is on trial accused of mendacity about being sexually abused by a bunch of well-known figures from politics, the media and intelligence within the 1970s and 1980s.
He additionally advised police he claimed to have witnessed three boys being murdered.
His claims led to the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Midland, which price £2m and ended with none fees.
Among the many folks he accused had been former prime minister Sir Edward Heath and former residence secretary Lord Brittan.
Giving proof behind a display screen at Newcastle Crown Court docket, Ms Beech recalled watching an episode of the BBC’s Panorama programme in October 2015 about an alleged VIP paedophile ring.
She advised the courtroom she recognised a silhouetted determine who appeared on the programme making allegations of abuse by highly effective folks.
Requested in courtroom who the particular person was, she stated: “It was my ex-husband Carl Beech.”
Ms Beech, who separated from her husband in 2009 and was divorced in 2012, stated she later spoke to Mr Beech after the TV programme, asking him: “Had been you on Panorama the opposite week?”
“Me on Panorama? Why would I be doing that?” was his response, she advised jurors. She stated he was smiling and laughing as he answered.
‘Spoke of stepfather abuse’
Ms Beech, 49, advised the courtroom her ex-husband had by no means talked about something throughout their marriage about seeing youngsters being killed, being taken away to be abused or about well-known folks abusing him.
He had by no means talked about childhood abuse by anybody besides his stepfather, she stated.
Earlier than they turned a pair and in Relate counselling periods throughout their marriage, he advised her Main Ray Beech had sexually abused him, the courtroom heard.
She stated Mr Beech advised her his stepfather would come as much as his bed room and abuse him as his mom watched tv downstairs.
The couple had married in 1992, after assembly 4 years earlier at nursing faculty, jurors heard.
The courtroom additionally heard that Mr Beech had proven his spouse a “good reminiscence field” early of their marriage, which contained objects together with a penknife. Ms Beech stated she thought her ex-husband had been given it by his grandmother.
Jurors heard earlier that Mr Beech handed the penknife to police, claiming it had been given to him by former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor throughout his alleged abuse.
The trial continues.