Caroline Flack’s assault case officially closed by CPS 10 days after her death

Caroline Flack’s assault case was formally closed by the Crown Prosecution Service 10 days after the presenter died by suicide.

The Love Island host was said to have been worried about her upcoming court date at the start of March, after she was arrested for assault following an argument with her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

A spokesperson for the CPS confirmed to The Sun that they had closed the case 10 days after her death, stating: ‘Court proceedings against Caroline Flack came to an official end on February 25.’

In order for the case to be closed, her death certificate had to be presented to Highbury Magistrates’ Court in North London.

The spokesperson added: ‘By law we had to give formal evidence to the clerk of the court that the defendant was deceased. We had to provide a death certificate as a record that the defendant was deceased.

‘Despite media coverage of Caroline’s death and public comments made by her family about her death we needed to make this a formality to close the case. It is a formality that had to be be done and now has been.’

Caroline, 40, took he own life on 15 February after a friend who was staying with her had just ‘popped to the shops’, briefly leaving her alone in the flat she had been staying in since the incident.

She had been arrested in December after an altercation with Lewis, which left her covered in blood after she cut herself on some broken glass.

She pleaded not guilty to assault by beating and was due to face trial on 4 March, despite Lewis, 27, telling the public that he did not support the case going ahead against her.

Caroline’s management had slammed the CPS for going ahead with the case regardless, in an Instagram post after the star’s death.

Francis Ridley, of Money Talent Management, posted a tribute to Caroline on Instagram via her colleague Louisa McDonald, and had strong words for the Crown Prosecution Service. It read: ‘We are devastated at the loss of our client and friend Caroline Flack.

‘An immensely talented young woman who was at the top of her game professionally and loved by television viewers across the country.

‘In recent months Caroline had been under huge pressure because of an ongoing case and potential trial which has been well reported.

‘The Crown Prosecution Service pursued this when they knew not only how very vulnerable Caroline was but also that the alleged victim did not support the prosecution and had disputed the CPS version of events.

‘The CPS should look at themselves today and how they pursued a show trial that was not only without merit but not in the public interest.

‘And ultimately resulted in significant distress to Caroline. Our thoughts are with Caroline’s family at this time.’ T

The CPS said in a statement to Metro.co.uk at the time: ‘Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Caroline Flack. ‘Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the specifics of this case at this stage.’

 

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