Caroline Flack’s mother, Christine, has slammed the law chief who insists he was right to prosecute the TV star, saying: ‘Why can’t you let my beautiful daughter rest in peace?’
Love Island host Caroline, 40, took her own life in January hours after learning that lawyers were pressing ahead with an assault charge against her boyfriend.
In a highly-unusual intervention, Ed Beltrami, 52, suggested Caroline may have attacked lover Lewis Burton again if the Crown Prosecution Service had not acted.
‘Why can’t you let my beautiful daughter rest in peace?’ Caroline Flack’s mother Christine has slammed the prosecutor who defended decision to pursue late star’s domestic violence case
Mr Beltrami, who was North London area head of the CPS, claimed: ‘Domestic abuse has a high risk of repetition, a high risk of the offending escalating, so you have to look at that.’
Caroline’s devastated mother issued a powerful statement to the Eastern Daily Press criticising Mr Beltrami for his remarks.
She said: ‘It is deeply regrettable that Mr Beltrami could not have let my beautiful daughter rest in peace… [and that he should choose to repeat some of the untruths about my daughter.]
‘My daughter was unable to defend herself during her life and is unable to do so now. Shame on you.’
Caroline, who died on February 15, faced claims she allegedly attacked her boyfriend Lewis, 27, with a lamp.
Standing firm: Ex chief prosecutor Ed Beltrami (pictured) said it was right to charge the presenter, as Lewis Burton was ‘terrified’ he was going to die and he believed it could have happened again
She had pleaded not guilty to assault by beating but took her own life at her London home hours after learning prosecutors were proceeding with the case.
The popular TV host had strongly denied the charge and her family branded it a ‘show trial’. Lewis, who suffered minor injuries, refused to support the prosecution.
Mr Beltrami claimed never to have heard of Caroline in a newspaper interview, and insisted: ‘You’ve got to do what you think is right. You cannot do what you think is popular.’
He told Wales On Sunday: ‘Supposing we had made a decision not to proceed…and she loses her temper again on another occasion, hits him a bit harder with a lamp or with something else, and he dies. How would that look then?’
Christine accused Mr Beltrami of ‘repeating false accusations’ and the CPS of ‘creating the toxic environment which ultimately led to Caroline’s death’
She continued: ‘The CPS released the demons that chased down Caroline.’
Caroline denied the assault charge. In an Instagram post, she admitted ‘responsibility for what happened’ but ‘was NOT a domestic abuser.’
Her love: Caroline’s boyfriend Lewis Burton, who suffered minor injuries, refused to support the prosecution *(pictured with Caroline last October)
Former tennis player Lewis refused to support a prosecution and said Caroline had become the subject of a ‘witch hunt’.
Mr Beltrami insisted there was ‘absolutely no idea that the defendant is going to take her own life’.
But her mother responded: ‘If that is true then the CPS ignored the correspondence from my daughter’s solicitors and a psychologist’s report warning of just that possibility.
‘It also ignores the fact that my daughter had cut herself so badly the night of the incident for which she was arrested that she was taken to two different hospitals and there were concerns for her life.’
Christine questions how someone could have”no idea” that someone may take their life when they have already attempted to do so because of the events in question.
She added that the CPS were fully aware of these matters and the risk when they decided to continue the prosecution.
And she also claims Mr Beltrami repeats the ‘false allegation’ that Caroline hit Mr Burton over the head with a lamp.
Pain: Christine said her daughter was willing to accept a caution ‘not because she was guilty but because she was so distressed and was willing to sacrifice her career to be able to make it all stop’
She said: ‘He does not mention that this was denied by Caroline, denied by Mr Burton in a statement he provided and that this claim was completely inconsistent with the injury that Mr Burton sustained.’
Christine said that the ‘repetition of this lie without any attempt to balance it mirrors what the CPS did to Caroline on December 23, 2019.’
She also said her daughter was willing to accept a caution ‘not because she was guilty but because she was so distressed and was willing to sacrifice her career to be able to make it all stop.’
She added: ‘But the CPS would not engage with discussions about this – because they wanted to force my daughter to be humiliated in court or to plead guilty to something she did not do.’
‘The suggestion that my daughter admitted doing so is also false.
Tragedy: Caroline was charged with assault by beating after an altercation at her north London home with boyfriend Lewis Burton. Miss Flack took her own life on February 15, a day after she learnt the Crown Prosecution Service was pressing ahead with a trial (pictured in December)
Christine said that Caroline had admitted that she accidently made contact with Lewis while she had her phone in her hand while emotionally distressed.
She also notes that The Met Police has already referred itself to the police watchdog over its contact with Caroline before her death.
‘Mr Beltrami has basically repeated the approach of the CPS In court on December 23 last year.That day the CPS created the toxic environment which ultimately led to Caroline’s death.
‘They put into the public domain three claims which were either not true, or which they knew were misleading.’
Christine said: ‘First, they claimed that Mr Burton had suffered a “significant injury” – this was not true as anyone who has seen the photograph of his injury will know.
‘The police themselves called the injury “minor” consistent with the accidental contact Caroline accepted had happened.
‘Second, they claimed Mr Burton had been hit by a lamp – without making clear that both Caroline and Lewis denied this or that the injury Mr Burton sustained was inconsistent with this claim.
‘Third, they referred to the “crime scene” as looking like a “horror film” – when they knew that the blood at the scene was Caroline’s and that she could not publicly say that because of the circumstances that led to that injury.’
She continued: ‘You can only imagine Caroline’s anguish at the perception she had caused someone else an injury that led to so much blood and not being able to say it was hers for fear that it would be obvious that she had made an attempt on her own life – and she would lose her career.
‘The subsequent publication of a photograph showing her bedroom covered with HER blood (though suggested to be Mr Burton’s) was enabled because of the CPS approach and the failure to make clear it was not Mr Burton’s blood.’
Chris’s words come after Mr Beltrami said she could have killed her boyfriend during an attack last year – and he was ‘terrified’ he was going to die.
He claimed it was right to charge her as the star could have lost her temper and attacked Lewis again.
Caroline was arrested and charged with assault by beating while Lewis was asleep at the home they shared in north London.
The Love Island presenter took her own life on February 15, a day after she learnt the Crown Prosecution Service was pressing ahead with a trial.
Her boyfriend, who received a head injury in the incident, had declined to support the prosecution.
Mr Beltrami said the charge could not be dropped just because Mr Burton did not want it to go to court, adding: ‘The facts of this case were the guy had made his complaint… he was terrified he was going to be killed.’
He had said: ‘But obviously when you make that decision to proceed with the case you have absolutely no idea the defendant is going to take her own life. You can’t anticipate that.’
Sad: The Love Island presenter took her own life on February 15, a day after she learnt the Crown Prosecution Service was pressing ahead with a trial