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Martin Brunt
Sky News Crime Correspondent on the hunt for news stories and a little levity on a grim beat
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Martin Brunt Aug 7
Acklom pleads Guilty to five fraud charges involving £276,000, defrauding Carolyn Woods after telling her he was free to marry her.
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Martin Brunt Aug 7
Jury panel who were selected two days ago, but not sworn, are in court. So too is alleged victim Carolyn Woods and her family. Public gallery and press benches packed.
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Martin Brunt Aug 7
At Bristol Crown Court for the trial of alleged conman Mark Acklom, 46, charged with 20 fraud and money-laundering charges, alleged he fleeced Carolyn Woods of her life savings after agreeing to marry her. He has pleaded not guilty.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Judge: particularly cruel and callous in providing an e-fit of boy you said you saw murderer, giving false hope to his family. You traduced reputations.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Judge: I watched your police interviews with fake reticence and professed difficulty. I’m satisfied you are intelligent, resourceful, manipulative and devious.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Judge: You deliberately, repeatedly and maliciously told lies to police. You first made claims to Met police after the revelations about Jimmy Savile in late 2012. Wilts police closed investigation but you pursued the deceit.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Judge: I’ll sentence him at 2.15pm
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Defence: Whatever you do to him it will live with him for the rest of his life. There will always be a stigma. He is estranged from his son and facing financial ruin. He will leave prison and have to start his life again, not easy in his 50s.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Defence lawyer says he can’t argue about the effects the case had on those giving impact statement and the cost of the police investigation. Bit police policy of believing complainants may have prolonged the police investigation.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Pros: Beech eventually admitted the child sex images crimes and is entitled to some reduction in sentence. He went to Sweden and moved around before being caught and extradited. He admitted jumping bail.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Pros: When confronted with the indecent images Beech blamed others with access to his computers. “At same time Beech was in almost daily contact with detectives investigating his invented claims of paedophile activity by others.”
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Pros says On his iPad Beech had secret app that looked like a calculator, but had two secret codes that revealed photos taken of a close friend of his son in Beech’s own bathroom.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Pros describing how Northumbria police began investigating Beech’s lies and seized his computers and camera and memory card in a raid on his Gloucester home. They found a series of indecent images of children.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Proctor: I have icy contempt for Carl Beech. The allegations he made were the worst that can be made, murder torture and sex abuse of children. I find it extraordinary that an institution I once held in high regard allowed itself to believe such false allegations
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Pros says he will read our more extracts from Mr Proctor’s statement that show impact on him, rather than his condemnation of the Met police.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
After a prolonged attack on the Met police Judge asks Mr Proctor to discuss the rest of his statement with the Prosecutor before continuing. He and prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC leave court to discuss.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Mr Proctor says Beech had vindictive vendetta against him. He has seen he is intelligent and knew what he was doing and it was wrong. His criminality was intentional and malicious.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Mr Proctor tearful as he says Beech’s lies cost him his home, job and his mental health. He fled the UK after being spat at and accused of being a murderer and paedophile I. Public. He lived frugally in generosity of friends. Condemned BBC and news agency Exaro.
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Martin Brunt Jul 26
Ex-MP Harvey Proctor condemns Beech and Met police for believing stories that should have been “torpedoed by elementary policing.”
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