Caroline Flack’s mother has criticised a lawyer who said it was right of the Crown Prosecuation Service (CPS) to pursue the Love Island star, following an assault charge, ahead of her death.
The former presenter took her own life on 15 February aged 40, as she awaited trial after being charged with assault following an alleged altercation with boyfriend Lewis Burton.
She had denied the charge while Burton had also supported his girlfriend throughout.
Now the star’s mother, Chris Flack, has said it is ‘deeply regrettable’ that Ed Beltrami, who told a Sunday newspaper prosecutors were right to pursue the Love Island presenter’s trial, ‘could not have let my beautiful daughter rest in peace’.
Mr Beltrami, who was the head of the CPS north London division at the time, told the Wales on Sunday newspaper that he could not just do what he thought would be ‘popular’.
Now releasing a statement to her local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, Mrs Flack said: ‘It is deeply regrettable that Mr Beltrami could not have let my beautiful daughter rest in peace.
‘It is as regrettable that he should choose to repeat some of the untruths about my daughter.
‘My daughter was unable to defend herself during her life and is unable to do so now. Shame on you.’
Mr Beltrami – who is now Wales’ chief prosecutor – had said about the case involving the presenter: ‘You’ve got to do what you think is right. You cannot do what you think is popular.’
He insisted that when the decision was taken to proceed with the case, ‘you have absolutely no idea that the defendant is going to take her own life’.
However, according to Mrs Flack, if Mr Beltrami’s statement was true that meant the CPS ‘ignored correspondence from solicitors’ as well as a psychologist’s report ‘warning them of the possibility’.
She added:‘It also ignores the fact that my daughter had cut herself so badly the night of the incident for which she was arrested that she was taken to two different hospitals and there were concerns for her life.
‘How can you claim to have “no idea” that someone may take their life when they have already attempted to do so because of the events in question?’
Mrs Flack went on: ‘Does Mr Beltrami claim to be ignorant of these facts or is he just ignoring them?
‘The CPS were fully aware of these matters and the risk when they decided to continue the prosecution.’
She also described the allegation that her daughter hit Mr Burton over the head with a lamp as ‘false’, which also supported both Caroline and her partner’s denial and, according to Chris, ‘was ‘completely inconsistent with the injury that Mr Burton sustained’.
Mr Beltrami said that the charge could not be dropped just because Burton did not want the incident to be brought before the courts, adding: ‘You just don’t fold at the first sign of trouble – the fact that the victim doesn’t want to know.
‘You’ve got to look at whether you can prosecute without the support of the victim.’
After her death, Flack’s management team criticised the CPS for conducting a ‘show trial’.
In March it was announced the CPS would be conducting a review into Flack’s death, later finding the case was handled ‘appropriately’.
A spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Caroline Flack.
‘It is normal practice for prosecutors to hold a debriefing in complex or sensitive cases after they have ended.
‘This has taken place and found that the case was handled appropriately and in line with our published legal guidance.’
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