A FORMER Tory MP falsely accused of being a child killer and paedophile, by a man later charged with lying about the horrific allegations, has told jurors he tried to persuade detectives ‘they were being taken for a ride’.
Harvey Proctor (pictured) broke down in tears in the witness box at Newcastle crown court as he described how he felt when he saw his face on the TV news the morning after police raided his home in March 2015.
Mr Proctor called the allegations made against him ‘wrong, malicious, false, horrendous’. Jurors had been shown a police interview in which defendant Carl Beech — then known only as ‘Nick’ — told them he saw the MP rape and murder a boy by stabbing him in the arm and choking him in 1980. Beech, a father-of-one, also said Mr Proctor was involved in the murder of another child.
In a six-hour interview, Mr Proctor told police they were wrong. He told jurors: ‘It was tiring answering questions for such a lengthy period of time in a subject which was extremely unpleasant and distasteful. I believed I had a duty to myself to try to persuade the police they were being taken for a ride.’
The former Billericay MP said it was ‘extraordinary’ police thought the claims were credible and, when he knew they were referring to him, he ‘realised it was completely balderdash’. Beech, 51, of Gloucester, denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and fraud.
The trial continues.