Caroline Flack inquest rules presenter meant to take own life

Caroline Flack inquest rules presenter meant to take own life

Caroline Flack inquest rules presenter meant to take own life

The previous day, she had discovered prosecutors were going to press ahead with the assault charge after she hit Lewis Burton with her phone while he slept, over concerns he had been cheating on her. Friends said she was expecting it to be dropped after her lawyers applied for the case to be thrown out.

Coroner Mary Hassell said the fact the alleged assault case was "played out in the national press" was "incredibly hard for her", and she feared the loss of her hard-fought career.

The former Love Island host's family and close friends told the inquest on Wednesday how the 40-year-old feared losing her cherished career, and her mental health worsened after she was arrested.

Mrs Flack said publication of the photograph, which contained Miss Flack's blood and not her boyfriend's, "devastated" the TV star, who grew up in Norfolk.

Dr Jonathan Garabette, a consultant psychiatrist who treated Ms Flack, described how she suffered a deterioration of her mental state in December 2019 and said he had concerns regarding the likely impact of the ongoing court case.

"To me, that's it in essence".

She said: "Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past".

The presenter's mother Chris told the court she thought her daughter had been "seriously let down by the authorities and in particular the CPS for pursuing the case".

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Both the CPS and the Metropolitan Police said the case was dealt with fairly and properly.

Prosecutors chose to charge Flack with assault after Ms Bateman, the Metropolitan Police inspector on duty at the time, contested their initial decision.

The CPS reviewed its original decision following the police intervention and subsequently pressed ahead with an assault charge.

The inquest heard that in her police interview, Flack said she flicked Mr Burton "to wake him up", and that she did not believe she caused his injury.

Ms Weiss wrote: "In light of these factors, I believe a caution is not appropriate".

Ms Flack took her own life later that day.

Caroline Flack was found dead in her London apartment February 15, 2020.

"I can understand why that impression could be gained by this document".

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Ms Bateman replied: "No absolutely not, I would have done exactly the same if it had been anyone".

DI Bateman told the hearing: "Unfortunately when she was interviewed at the police station it was slightly different. That girl killed herself because you put an appeal through".

Ms Bateman denied the coroner's suggestion that she was motivated by Flack's celebrity status to charge her.

Det Insp Bateman said: "I was not biased and I treat everyone the same".

A pathologist ruled Ms Flack died from hanging.

Caroline Flack's mother has accused the boyfriend of her late daughter, Lewis Burton, of leaking a photo of a bloody scene of the night the TV star was arrested.

Mr Burton did not support the assault charge, and in a statement he said the last time he had seen Ms Flack "she was not in a good place".

Flack's twin sister, Jody, said that she "seemed very sad the day before her death", and became alarmed when she was unable to contact her sister on the night of her death.

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