Inquest into rape claim woman

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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An inquest is due to resume today into a 23-year-old woman who killed herself days before she was due to stand trial for falsely accusing a man of rape.

Bi-polar sufferer Eleanor de Freitas died on April 4 last year, three days before she was expected to appear at South Crown Court in London accused of perverting the course of justice.

The inquest was originally opened by coroner Chinyere Inyama in November last year, but was adjourned so the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders could personally investigate the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) decision to prosecute.

The Metropolitan Police received an allegation of rape from Ms de Freitas in January 2013 but the case was dropped after a man was arrested and released due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

The man then initiated a private prosecution against her to clear his name. The case was later referred to the CPS, which decided to continue with proceedings.

Ms de Freitas’s family said they were “astonished” the CPS took the case to court.

Lawyers for the family said they are hoping the inquest will explore the impact the case had on Ms de Freitas taking her own life and the wider public interest of prosecuting rape complainants for perverting the course of justice.

The hearing is expected to last no more than a day.

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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