In one email, purportedly sent by Fred, to a psychologist who was acting as a go between with the police, he wrote: "Nick and I went through hell together, but he has dealt with it a lot better than I ever will. I have never talked things through with anyone except him and I need to give consideration on how things might impact on the life I have made for myself…I know Nick wants me to come forward and I need to see if I can do what he wants me to do, but also what is right for me."
In one email, purportedly from Fred to DCI Tudway, Fred said: "I have received a threat that I take seriously. I have not told Carl about this, but if they can trace me, they can trace him."
Mr Badenoch said Northumbria Police had carried out an investigation to establish who had written the emails and had discovered that the encrypted account had been registered and created by Mr Beech.
The prosecutor explained: "When investigations were completed by police officers, again using international cooperation, they went to the email provider.
"It was an encrypted email address from which Fred was corresponding, it had not been set up by Fred. The person behind the encrypted email account was Carl Beech."
The man behind ‘Fred’
The court was told that "Fred", was a pseudonym for a person called John and Northumbria Police managed to contact the real John, who was "well known" to Mr Beech and had actually the best man at his wedding.