Caroline Flack lawyer says right decision was made in prosecuting her as 'victim was in danger'
The lawyer accused of pursuing a “show trial” against Love Island presenter Caroline Flack insists the right decision was made in prosecuting her.
In a highly unusual intervention, Ed Beltrami asked what would have happened if the Crown Prosecution Service had dropped the case and the Love Island presenter had then attacked lover Lewis Burton again.
CPS boss Mr Beltrami admitted the case had troubled him since 40-year-old Caroline took her own life.
But he said in an interview with Wales on Sunday : “You’ve got to do what you think is right. You cannot do what you think is popular.”
He added he had never heard of her before the file landed on his desk.
Caroline died on February 15, weeks before she was due to stand trial for an assault on model and former tennis pro Lewis, 28, at their £1million North London flat on December 12. She was charged without Lewis’ backing.
There was a backlash against the CPS. But Mr Beltrami said the protection of domestic abuse victims relies on the CPS being steadfast.
He said: “You don’t just fold at the first sign of trouble. The fact the victim doesn’t want to know... you’ve got to look at whether you can prosecute without the support of the victim.
“Domestic abuse is a separate category by itself – [with a] high risk of the offending escalating.
“The guy phoned the police, he was terrified he was going to be killed. He’s been hit over the head with a ...
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