Caroline Flack’s mum said police and prosecutors ‘had it in for’ the Love Island host and pursued the court case that triggered her suicide because of her ‘celebrity status’.
The TV presenter’s mother Christine said her famous daughter killed herself as a result of Det Insp Lauren Bateman’s personal decision to appeal against a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer’s ruling to let her off with a caution for assaulting her lover Lewis Burton.
Bateman was not involved in the investigation into Flack’s bust-up with Burton, 28, in which the Strictly champ hit him over the head with her mobile phone causing a cut which bled ‘profusely’.
But – after chatting about the case in the police station with officers who were – she agreed to file an
appeal against the prosecutor’s decision.
Flack, 40, was charged with assault by beating and over the next two months her mental health
deteriorated, her inquest heard today.
The presenter took drug overdoses on the eve of her court appearance and after she was told the case was going to trial.
The next day the TV star was found hanged at her flat in Stoke Newington, north-east London, after leaving a note reading: “Please let this court case be dropped.’’
Coroner Mary Hassell recorded a verdict of suicide saying Caroline had deliberately taken her own life knowing she was ‘going to be prosecuted for certain’ and the publicity would ‘all come down upon her’.
Christine, who gave evidence at the inquest asked Det Insp Bateman why she had got involved in the case when she had not been to the scene, viewed the evidence or spoken to her daughter.
She said if Caroline had been cautioned – as the CPS had wanted – she would still be alive.
The angry mum told Det Insp Bateman: “If it had been an ordinary person you wouldn’t have prosecuted.
“I just think you should be disgusted with yourself.
“There is nothing we can do to bring Caroline back. That girl killed herself because you put an appeal through.”
The detective, who admitted she knew Caroline was a star of Love Island, said she was simply following guidelines which stated domestic abuse cases should rarely be dealt with by way of cautions.
She said the cut head Burton suffered in an attack launched by Flack while he was asleep after she found he had been texting another woman merited a criminal charge.
Det Insp Bateman insisted she had treated Flack no differently to another other suspect and would act the same way again.
Deputy chief crown prosecutor Lisa Ramsarran said the decision to charge Flack was in accordance with guidelines and had been upheld after nine reviews.
Christine told Ms Ramsarran: “After listening to you and the first lady, I feel even more that you had it in for Caroline.’’
Last night Christine added: “Caroline felt she had no choice but to take her life rather than face the humiliation of a show trial.
“This was driven by her fear of the humiliation she would face at a trial that should never have been going to happen.
“Because she was successful and because she was so open about her life and her loves she became an easy target for cruel and spiteful people who if they knew the pain they caused would be ashamed.
“I fully appreciate that domestic violence needs to always be taken seriously.
“But this case was, a one-off incident where minimal contact was made, a minor injury sustained, where the ‘victim’ did not wish to prosecute, where my daughter sustained horrific self-harm injuries and where the CPS rightly concluded that Caroline should be cautioned and the matter over.’’
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