By Stephen Wright Associate News Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:54 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 00:54 BST, 3 May 2019
A detective at the centre of the disastrous Westminster VIP paedophile inquiry has retired on the eve of the criminal trial of its key witness.
Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, one of the Metropolitan Police's most experienced investigators, has left the force after 30 years.
He was thrust into the spotlight after describing the account of witness 'Nick', whose claims sparked the £2.5 million inquiry, as 'credible and true'.
Nick – real name Carl Beech, 51 – will go on trial next week accused of making up his story of abuse.
Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald has retired on the eve of the trial of Carl Beech, whose accusations of abuse he branded 'credible and true'
The vicar's son faces 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud in a Newcastle trial that could last up to three months.
For legal reasons, Beech, a former nurse, was previously entitled to anonymity and was known only as 'Nick'. This was the name given to him by a news website when he went public with his allegations of VIP abuse five years ago. He denies all 13 offences.
It was during a police