The Sun : Caroline Flack’s mum says ‘let her rest in peace’ after CPS chief gave interview claiming he was right to prosecute her

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CAROLINE Flack's mum has pleaded with the CPS to let her daughter "rest in peace" after a lawyer claimed he was right to press ahead with the prosecution of the star.

Talking to the Sunday People, Ed Beltrami had insisted that because domestic abuse has a "high risk of repetition" he had no choice but to charge Caroline without her boyfriend's backing.

Tragic Caroline Flack pictured with mum Chris
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Tragic Caroline Flack pictured with mum Chris[/caption]

Now the star's mother Chris has accused the Crown Prosecution Service chief of repeating "untruths" about her daughter which she said left the TV favourite feeling humiliated.

She also accused the CPS of creating the "toxic environment" which led to her daughter's death.

In a statement given to the Eastern Daily Press, grieving Chris wrote: "It is deeply regrettable that Mr Beltrami could not have let my beautiful daughter rest in peace.

"My daughter was unable to defend herself during her life and is unable to do so now. Shame on you."

Mr Beltrami was the chief crown prosecutor in North London when Caroline, 40, took her life in February less than three weeks before her trial was due to start.

The Love Island host had been charged with assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton, 28, at her £1m North London flat on December 12.

Lewis Burton, 27, has always insisted he 'never supported' the prosecution
Lewis Burton, 27, has always insisted he 'never supported' the prosecution
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TV star Caroline had always denied the charges against her
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TV star Caroline had always denied the charges against her[/caption]

In her strongly-worded statement, the star's mum said she believes prosecutors were "fully aware" her daughter was at risk.

She wrote: "Mr Beltrami says that the CPS 'had no idea' that my daughter may take her life when they decided to continue the case against her.

"If that is true then the CPS ignored the correspondence from my daughter's solicitors and a psychologist's report warning of just that possibility.

"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?

Ed Beltrami he was right to decide to prosecute the tragic star
Ed Beltrami said he was right to decide to prosecute the tragic star
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"The CPS were fully aware of these matters and the risk when they decided to continue the prosecution."

Caroline's heartbroken mother added: "She admitted that she accidentally made contact with Lewis while she had her phone in her hand while emotionally distressed.

"My daughter confessed to an accident – not as is suggested – to an assault.

"Mr Beltrami has basically repeated the approach of the CPS in court on December 23 last year.

"That day the CPS created the toxic environment which ultimately led to Caroline's death.

"They put into the public domain three claims which were either not true, or which they knew were misleading."

She added later: "The CPS released the demons that chased down Caroline."

The hard-hitting statement in full

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 says that the CPS "had no idea" that my daughter may take her life when they decided to continue the case against her.

If that is true then the CPS ignored the correspondence from my daughter's solicitors and a psychologist's report warning of just that possibility.

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?

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.

Mr Beltrami also repeats the false allegation that Caroline hit Mr Burton over the head with a lamp.

He does not mention that this was denied by Caroline, denied by Mr Burton in a statement he provided and that this claim was completely inconsistent with the injury that Mr Burton sustained.

The repetition of this lie without any attempt to balance it mirrors what the CPS did to Caroline on December 23, 2019.

The suggestion that my daughter admitted doing so is also false.

She admitted that she accidently made contact with Lewis while she had her phone in her hand while emotionally distressed.

My daughter confessed to an accident – not as is suggested – to an assault.

Mr Beltrami has basically repeated the approach of the CPS In court on December 23 last year.

That day the CPS created the toxic environment which ultimately led to Caroline's death.

They put into the public domain three claims which were either not true, or which they knew were misleading.

First, they claimed that Mr Burton had suffered a "significant injury" – this was not true as anyone who has seen the photograph of his injury will know.

The police themselves called the injury "minor" consistent with the accidental contact Caroline accepted had happened.

Second, they claimed Mr Burton had been hit by a lamp – without making clear that both Caroline and Lewis denied this or that the injury Mr Burton sustained was inconsistent with this claim.

Third, they referred to the "crime scene" as looking like a "horror film" – when they knew that the blood at the scene was Caroline's and that she could not publicly say that because of the circumstances that led to that injury.

You can only imagine Caroline's anguish at the perception she had caused someone else an injury that led to so much blood and not being able to say it was hers for fear that it would be obvious that she had made an attempt on her own life – and she would lose her career.

The subsequent publication of a photograph showing her bedroom covered with HER blood (though suggested to be Mr Burton's) was enabled because of the CPS approach and the failure to make clear it was not Mr Burton's blood.

Caroline was so embarrassed and appalled by that photograph – and the person who provided it to the press should be so ashamed of themselves.

I don't blame the press for publishing this picture in these circumstances – the CPS allowed them to do it by their claims.

However, I do blame the press for not correcting all the false stories that they did publish about Caroline and hounding her when they knew she was unable to speak out.

By putting this information into the public domain the CPS created the environment where Caroline was hounded on social media and the press were able to publish misleading claims about her and the incident.

The CPS released the demons that chased down Caroline.

Now the press are reporting again all these falsehoods without any thought because Mr Beltrami wishes to justify himself.

In doing so he conveniently does not mention that my daughter offered to accept a caution in relation to this incident – not because she was guilty but because she was so distressed and was willing to sacrifice her career to be able to make it all stop.

But the CPS would not engage with discussions about this – because they wanted to force my daughter to be humiliated in court or to plead guilty to something she did not do.


The popular TV host had strongly denied the charge against her and her family and management have already slammed the CPS for pursuing the case branding it a "show trial".

Lewis, who suffered a minor head injury during the incident at her North London home, has always insisted he "never supported" a prosecution.

He also said Caroline had become the subject of a "witch hunt".

The Met Police has already referred itself to the police watchdog over its contact with Caroline before her death – which cops say is standard practice.

A CPS 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."

Caroline stepped down from hosting ITV2's hit show Love Island after she was arrested.

She was bailed after the first court hearing, but was banned from contacting Lewis before the trial.

The trial was expected to begin on March 4.

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