Caroline Flack's mum slams Crown Prosecution Service over recent comments

Danny Thompson
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Caroline Flack attends The Beauty Awards 2019 on November 25, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

The mother of Caroline Flack has hit out at the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) boss who said it was the right thing to charge the late Love Island presenter.

Flack took her own life in February after learning she would face trial over domestic abuse charges involving her and boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Recently Ed Beltrami, who was head of the North London CPS involved with the case, said it was the right decision to go ahead with charges as "domestic abuse has a high risk of repetition”.

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But Flack’s mum Chris has now responded to the comments with an emotional statement, asking why Beltrami couldn’t let her “beautiful daughter rest in peace”.

The statement read: “It is deeply regrettable that Mr Beltrami could not have let my beautiful daughter rest in peace.

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack (L) is seen at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on December 23, 2019 in London, England. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

“It is as regrettable 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.

“Mr Beltrami says that the CPS ‘had no idea’ that my daughter may take her life when they decided to continue the case against her.

“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.

Iain Stirling and Caroline Flack arrive at the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium on November 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

“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.”

Discussing Flack, Beltrami 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?"

A CPS spokesman said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Caroline Flack.

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"It is normal practice for prosecutors to hold a debriefing in complex or sensitive cases after they have ended.

"This has taken place and found that the case was handled appropriately and in line with our published legal guidance."

Flack was arrested in December last year after police were called to her Islington flat. She stepped down from hosting the upcoming winter series of Love Island just days later.