Rape claim prosecution correct: DPP

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Published: Tuesday 9th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A decision to pursue a criminal case against a woman accused of making a false rape claim who committed suicide days before her trial was “correct”, the country’s top prosecutor has said.

Eleanor de Freitas, 23, took her own life on April 7 this year, three days before her trial for perverting the course of justice was to start at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), carried out an examination into the case of Miss de Freitas, who had bipolar disorder and had been sectioned in a mental health unit in the past.

Ms Saunders said: ” Having considered the detail and the issues raised by the family, I am satisfied that the decision-making in this case was correct and that it was made in accordance with our policies and guidance.”

Published: Tuesday 9th December 2014 by The News Editor

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