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Caroline Flack's investigation continues six months after the star's tragic death


Caroline Flack's whiny mother beat up the prosecution today for a "show trial" against her daughter when her tragic suicide investigation revealed the desperate struggle to save her.

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor presenter was found hanged at her home in Stoke Newington, northeast London on February 15 this year.

She was supposed to be on trial for attacking her boyfriend, former tennis player, and model Lewis Burton in December after the police who arrived in the bloodstained scene described it as a "horror movie."

Flack's mother Christine said in a written statement: “I think Caroline has been seriously disappointed by the authorities, particularly the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) for following up the case. I think that was a show trial.

I think the prosecutor was rude to Caroline and my family. I was threatened with arrest when I tried to speak. & # 39;

Flack's mother could see crying on the video link as her statement was read by Coroner Mary Hassell at Poplar Coroner's Court in East London.

The investigation had learned today that the star's friends and twin sisters were desperately trying to break into the house where she killed herself after leaving a message about Lewis Burton.

The first testimony was that of Stephen Teasdale, father of Flack's hairdressing friend Louise, 36, who said he went to the scene after the star's twin sister, Jody, called to say she couldn't reach Flack's address.

He said, “We came into the apartment and tried to force entry. We thought about calling the police but knew the landlord … We got the key and let ourselves into the apartment. & # 39;

Mr. Teasdale said he found Flack's lifeless body hanged.

He said: "I brought it down and Jody started CPR. We gave CPR for between five and ten minutes, then the police took over. & # 39;

On a coffee table was a note that positively referred to "Lewis", probably Flack's friend Lewis Burton.

Caroline Flack attended the National Television Awards at the O2 in London on January 22, 2019. She was found dead on February 15th

Christine Flack continued her testimony by challenging the CPS's decision to include "controversial evidence" in her daughter's trial.

"The result of media attention from this hearing forced Caroline to leave her beloved home," she said. "Known shouldn't allow special treatment, but shouldn't set an example for someone."

She added: “She lost the job she worked so hard for. I was with her in her new apartment the weekend before her death.

When I said goodbye to her that day, I never thought it would be the last time. I kissed her and she said "bye mom".

Flack's sister Jody said she believed Flack tried to kill herself in December before she first appeared at the local court for assault.

She said that Flack was "in a very anxious state" before her death and had called an ambulance four times before.

"Heartache is something that Caroline found extremely difficult," said Jody. She tried to commit suicide the night before she appeared in court. I think the shame … was too much to cope with. & # 39;

Brian Wells, a doctor who was called to Flack's hotel room the night before her appearance in court, said Flack was drunk and appeared to have "taken a small overdose." However, she was neither suicidal nor in need of hospital treatment, the investigation said.

Today's investigation heard of the immediate aftermath of Flack's death on February 15.

Medic David O & # 39; Toole said he entered the property that evening and saw two women upset on a sofa.

He said the victim had been "dead for a few hours" and the women said they last saw her alive at 10:30 that day.

One of the crew members pointed to a handwritten note on an open magazine on the coffee table that referred to “Lewis”.

Pc Tim Child said there was evidence of suicide attempts elsewhere on the property.

Det Sgt Jonathan Maharaj said there was evidence of "a series of calls" made and received on Flack's cell phone and that she was looking for "culprits" and suicide.

Coroner Mary Hassell welcomed Flack's mother Christine and sister Jody to today's hearing. You are watching over a video link.

In her opening speech to resume the investigation, she said, "We are only here to find the answer to four questions – who died, when they died, where they died, and how they came to die."

The court heard that the deceased was born in Enfield on November 9, 1979 as Caroline Louise Flack. She was a television host and died on February 15th at home in Stoke Newington.

Pathologist Professor Michael Sheaff found that Flack had died hanging.

Tamsin Lewis, a psychiatrist and lifestyle doctor in Mayfair, said in a statement that she was contacted by Flack's personal assistant on December 17, 2019, and met her for an appointment.

Ms. Lewis said Flack had "a bandaged finger" after an argument with her boyfriend, "but it is nothing more than a love song that is reinforced by alcohol."

Ms. Lewis added: “I spent a lot of time listening to her concerns about the current media storm, her relationships, and her family.

Her mood seemed bad with a reactive effect, for example, every time her phone notified her. She reported feeling panicky all day … a feeling of impending doom. & # 39;

She said Flack didn't say she was going to commit suicide.

"She said she drank too much to numb herself," said Mrs. Lewis. "She said sleep was impossible."

Louise Teasdale with Flack in London on February 17th 2020

Caroline and Jody Flack at an Oxfam event in London in 2014. Jody will follow today's events via video link

Louise Teasdale with Flack in London on February 17th 2020 (left). Louise was a friend of the presenter and found her body. On the right are Caroline and Jody Flack at an Oxfam event in London in 2014. Jody will follow today's events via video link

Flack's former friend Lewis Burton said in a written statement to the court today: “The last time he saw Caroline was very upset, actually devastated, she was emotionally not in a good place.

Sometimes she talked about taking her own life when she was extremely upset.

“The media have constantly beaten up their character, written hurtful stories… and generally followed them every day.

"What worried her most was the police case and the loss of her presentation job on Love Island and the inability to see me."

It was not stated in court the last time Mr. Burton saw Flack.

Flack's family became increasingly concerned about their mental health during the upcoming trial, while Mr. Burton also asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to drop the case.

Her death caused grief among prominent friends, colleagues, and fans, who referred to one of Flack's December social media posts asking people to be "friendly."

Flack with her boyfriend Lewis Burton on an evening in London in 2019

Flack with her boyfriend Lewis Burton on an evening in London in 2019

Flack's management team criticized the CPS for conducting a "show trial" that prompted a review of their death.

However, the CPS found that the case was handled "appropriately".

Flack's mother, Chris, said her daughter's attorney team and psychologist had warned of the former Strictly Champion's potential to kill herself.

"The CPS were fully aware of these issues and the risk when they decided to continue the law enforcement," said Ms. Flack.

She described an allegation that her daughter hit Mr. Burton over the head with a lamp as "false".

She also said that the claim was rejected by both Mr. Burton and Flack and "was completely incompatible with the injury Mr. Burton suffered".

Flack's family also posthumously shared a social media post the worried star had written, but was persuaded by consultants not to publish before her death, revealing an "emotional breakdown".

She wrote: “I have had an emotional breakdown for a very long time.

"But I'm not a domestic abuser. The reason I speak today is that my family can't take it anymore.

"I lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth was taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

“I pressed the snooze button for many stresses in my life – for my whole life.

“I have accepted shame and toxic opinions about my life for over 10 years and still told myself that it's all part of my job. No complaints.

"The problem with brushing things under the carpet is … they are still there and someday someone will lift that carpet and all you will feel is shame and embarrassment."

Her suicide was the last to be associated with Love Island after candidates Mike Thalassitis (26) died in March 2019 and Sophie Gradon (32) in June 2018.

Miss Gradon's boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, died three weeks after finding his girlfriend.

To contact the Samaritans, call 116 123, send an email to jo@samaritans.org or visit https://www.samaritans.org/

The 40-year-old former star of Love Island and X Factor was found hanged on February 15, 2020 in her home in Stoke Newington in northeast London

The 40-year-old former star of Love Island and X Factor was found hanged on February 15, 2020 at her home in Stoke Newington, northeast London

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