MI5 spy who fantasised about ‘eating children’s flesh’ escaped prosecution despite machete attack

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An MI5 spy was able to leave the country whilst under investigation for having Nazi paraphernalia and threatening to kill, it emerged on Thursday night.

The informant, whose identity remains a secret after the Government won an injunction against the BBC, also escaped prosecution despite attacking his girlfriend with a machete.

As counter terror officers investigated Nazi paraphernalia and a diary in which he had written about killing “Jews” found at his home in the wake of the attack, the man moved abroad and began working for a foreign intelligence agency.

It is alleged officers had passed the allegations to MI5, who were effectively allowed to investigate one of their own.

As details emerged on Thursday night of his reign of violence and abuse against his former partners, officials were facing questions over how he got a job with MI5 and why taxpayer money was used to protect his identity.

His former girlfriend, known only as Beth, told the corporation: “I couldn’t speak out, he had men in high places who always had his back who would intervene and kill me if I ever spoke out.”

After she filmed him attacking her with a machete, she informed the police, but the case was dropped after they failed to take statements or copies of the video.

The whereabouts of the man known only as X, who is a foreign national, are currently unknown.

‘I was so afraid of everything’

The BBC last night published details of the investigation which the Attorney General had attempted to block.

The corporation had argued that the man was a dangerous misogynist and should be named to protect other women from his violence.

But whilst the judge ruled that they could not identify X, he allowed the BBC to decide the other details which could be in the public domain.

Beth said that she met X on a dating site and eventually they moved in together in the UK, though the precise location remains a secret.

He quickly changed into a violent misogynist, and he physically and sexually assaulted her, she says.

She had been told by X that he was a paid informant, known as a covert human intelligence source (CHIS), and was infiltrating right-wing extremist networks. MI5 will neither confirm nor deny whether X was working for them.

She said that he had “complete control” and “dictated my every waking hour”, even making her watch terrorists videos of murders.

Eventually she had a breakdown, she said, adding: “I was so afraid of everything – because of how he’d made me think, the people that he was involved with, and the people who he worked for.”

Interviews with former partners suggest that he had genuinely held extremist views, and Beth has said that he praised white supremacist mass murderers and told her that he wanted to kill people.

She filmed several of his rants and even an attack with a machete which cuts out whilst she is screaming.

Beth says that, later that day, he also tried to cut her throat with a knife and police attended their home.

X was arrested and charged with assault but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped the case when he appeared in court, on the basis of a lack of evidence.

Beth says that police did not take a full statement or a copy of the video, which has since been handed to the BBC.

After he returned home he told her that the security services would support him and that she might get killed for asking too many questions.

In one video, she filmed him boasting: “I always imagine how I bludgeon someone to death ... It’s always been me ... I’ve been doing it since I was like six ... I’m overly aggressive, I know that myself.”

‘Blood, bones, flesh. Human flesh’

The couple split shortly afterwards but an investigation into X was ongoing after police who had searched the house in the wake of the machete attack found extremist material – including Nazi paraphernalia and the diary in which he had also discussed killing Beth.

The local officers had called in counter terror detectives, but he left the UK whilst their investigation was ongoing.

Beth had had a breakdown and whilst in hospital a man now understood to be an MI5 officer attended and returned some of her possessions which had been seized during the search.

The BBC alleges that the material seized by officers under a police warrant had been given to MI5 in a “highly unusual” move. Counter terror police say that there was no evidence of an offence.

The BBC also interviewed a former partner abroad, known only as Ruth, who also told of abuse and said that he had threatened her life and that of her child.

She said that he had a diary which included fantasies involving “blood, bones, flesh. Human flesh. Eating children’s flesh”.

He told both women that he would sexually abuse and kill young girls that they knew.

A Government spokesman said: “As a matter of long-standing policy we will not comment on security or intelligence.

“As the judge in this case says, the interim injunction, which the Government was granted in April, is aimed at protecting national security and avoiding a real and immediate risk to life, safety and privacy.”

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