An ex-nurse who allegedly made up stories of a high-profile paedophile ring has been accused of misleading detectives to claim criminal injury compensation.
Carl Beech is on trial over allegations he lied about being abused as a child by a group of men including former Prime Minister Edward Heath, former Home Secretary Lord Brittan and Field Marshal Lord Bramall.
His claims led to a £2 million investigation, which the Metropolitan Police eventually closed without a single arrest.
Prosecutors told Newcastle Crown Court that Beech allegedly lied to police and withheld information during an interview in 2012.
They say he failed to disclose the names of many of his alleged abusers, and contradicted the accounts he would give two years later.
Beech told the court he “wasn’t ready” to give all the details of his alleged abuse to police during the 2012 interview.
“I couldn't bring myself - I couldn't share all that information, I wasn't in the right frame of mind to do it,” he said.
Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC accused Beech of misleading officers in order to make a claim for compensation.
“You decided to make a claim, based on those falsehoods, for money from the state,” he said.
The 51-year-old was awarded £22,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2015 for the injuries he allegedly suffered at the hands of what he called “The Group”.
He has pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.