Friday, 7 November 2014


Call for prosecutors to answer for trial of alleged rape victim who killed herself

Eleanor de Freitas died days before she had to go on trial accused of lying about rape claim, despite lack of evidence

Sandra Laville

The Guardian, Thursday 6 November 2014 19.20 GMT

An inquest into the death of Eleanor de Freitas is to begin on Friday.Photograph: Family

A young woman who said she had been raped went on to kill herself after the Crown Prosecution Service put her on trial for making up the allegation in a case originally instigated by her alleged attacker.

The woman’s father is calling on the CPS to explain why they pursued a charge of perverting the course of justice against Eleanor de Freitas, 23, despite being told by police that there was no evidence she had lied, and in the knowledge that she was suffering from a psychiatric illness.

De Freitas killed herself in April this year, three days before her trial was due to start at Southwark crown court. In notes left for her family she described her overwhelming fear of giving evidence as a motive for taking her life.

An inquest into the death of De Freitas, an A-grade student who suffered from bipolar disorder, is due to open in west London on Friday. Lawyers for her family are calling on the coroner to postpone the hearing in order to carry out a wider inquiry in front of a jury to examine whether the CPS decision to prosecute was a contributing factor in her death.

David de Freitas, her father, said: “Eleanor was a vulnerable young woman, diagnosed with bipolar, who made a complaint of rape as a result of which she herself became the subject of legal proceedings. This was despite the fact the police did not believe there to be a case against her.

“There are very serious implications for the reporting of rape cases if victims fear that they may themselves end up the subject of a prosecution if their evidence is in any way inconsistent. It is of the utmost importance that the CPS consider very carefully whether such cases are in the public interest.”

He added: “I feel that the system of fairness in this country has let me down terribly, and something needs to be done so that this can never happen again.”

The CPS had pursued De Freitas for allegedly making up the rape allegation after the man at the centre of the claims spent £200,000 on a private prosecution, documents submitted to the inquest say.

Lawyers for the CPS were told by the detective who investigated the rape allegation that there was no evidence that she had lied, they would not be investigating her for perverting the course of justice and the crime had been recorded as rape.

De Freitas’s death has echoes of the suicide of Frances Andrade, who killed herself after being accused of lying in court about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Michael Brewer, the former director of music at Chetham’s school in Manchester.

Victim Support and Justice for Women have both written to the director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders expressing their concerns at the wider implications of the De Freitas case for rape complainants coming forward in future if alleged rapists are able to use the law to intimidate them.

In a statement, Saunders said she was concerned about the case and was investigating it personally. “I have asked the team which dealt with this case for a full explanation which addresses all of the De Freitas family’s concerns. I appreciate the family’s unease which is why I am looking at this personally in order to satisfy myself of the detail surrounding all the stages of the case.”

She added that she would welcome the opportunity then to meet her family and said the circumstances regarding the case were “rare, extremely difficult and always complex and sensitive. This case was one of the most difficult I have seen.”
Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders.Photograph: David Levene/Guardian
De Freitas reported to police on 4 January 2013 that she had been allegedly drugged and raped by a male associate shortly before Christmas in 2012. The police investigated the case, interviewed De Freitas and arrested the alleged perpetrator. But the police eventually told De Freitas they could not proceed further as there was not a realistic chance of a successful conviction, partly due to the fact she had reported the alleged rape some time after the event and as such no forensic evidence had been collected to support her claims. The alleged perpetrator was told there would be no further action and the case was closed.

De Freitas’s father said his daughter had accepted the police’s decision and tried to get on with her life. But the man at the centre of the rape claim began a private prosecution against her saying she had lied about the rape. Some months later lawyers for the CPS announced they were taking over the case against De Freitas. Her trial for perverting the course of justice was due to open on 7 April. On 4 April she took her own life.

On Friday Harriet Wistrich, of Birnberg Peirce and Partners, acting on behalf of the De Freitas family, will call for the West London coroner Chinyere Inyama to widen the inquest to consider whether the Crown Prosecution Service breached Article 2 of the Human Rights Act – the right to life – by failing to abide by their own code and consider whether there was a public interest in prosecuting De Freitas before going ahead with the prosecution.

Deborah Coles, co-director of the charity Inquest, said: “This case raises serious issues of concern regarding the prosecution of rape complainants. In addition, Eleanor had severe mental health issues which do not appear to have been taken into account by the Crown Prosecution Service. There must be robust scrutiny at the inquest to explore how these issues of public interest impacted on her life.”

Adam Pemberton, assistant chief executive of the charity Victim Support, said the “tragic and troubling case” raised broader concerns about the use of private prosecutions against rape complainants.

“We are concerned in principle about someone who has been accused of rape being able to bring a private prosecution against the complainant because this allows that individual to use the law to do something guaranteed to intimidate their accuser,” he said.

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Assisted suicide guidelines relaxed by Director of Public Prosecutions

Doctors and nurses who help severely disabled or terminally ill people to take their own lives are less likely to face criminal charges

Until now all health care professionals faced a greater chance than others of being prosecuted for helping people to die because of the trust their patients placed in them. Photo: ALAMY

By John Bingham

10:04PM BST 16 Oct 2014

Doctors and nurses who help severely disabled or terminally ill people to take their own lives are less likely to face criminal charges after Britain's most senior prosecutor yesterday amended guidelines on assisted suicide.

Until now all health care professionals faced a greater chance than others of being prosecuted for helping people to die because of the trust their patients placed in them.

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said this special deterrent would now only apply to those directly involved in a person's care.
Anti–euthanasia campaigners accused Ms Saunders of "decriminalising" assisted suicide by health care professionals "at a stroke of her pen".

Dr Michael Irwin, the former GP nicknamed "Dr Death" for helping several people kill themselves, said the change was a "wonderful softening" that would "make life easier" for people like him.

He said he and many other retired doctors would now feel able to help people travel to Switzerland's Dignitas centre "without worrying".

But campaigners for legalisation of assisted dying said the amendment did not go far enough.

Ms Saunders insisted the change was simply a clarification and would not offer anyone "immunity" against prosecution for assisted suicide, which is punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

Guidelines published by the former DPP, Sir Keir Starmer, in 2010 say people acting "wholly out of compassion" could avoid prosecution for helping people end their lives. But the guidelines also list circumstances that would make prosecution more likely. They include where someone is "acting in his or her capacity" as a medical doctor.

Ms Saunders has changed the guidance so that prosecution for doctors will only be more likely if patients are "in his or her care".

She explained that this meant that someone would not face an extra risk of prosecution "merely because" they were acting in their capacity as a doctor.

She said there had to be a "relationship of care" between the suspect and the person committing suicide.

Dr Irwin said: "This is a big step forward. It would make life a lot easier for people like me, it would mean I could help any individual go to Switzerland and not worry about it.

"There are many retired doctors who will be willing to help."

The change to the guidelines drawn up by Sir Keir four years ago follows a landmark Supreme Court case involving the family of Tony Nicklinson, the "locked–in syndrome" sufferer who starved himself after judges ruled doctors could not help him die.

It comes as Britain's euthanasia laws are brought back into the spotlight as peers prepare to begin detailed scrutiny of a Bill tabled by the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, to legalise so–called "assisted dying" for terminally ill people.

Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of the Care Not Killing alliance, which opposes any relaxation in the law agreed with Dr Irwin that it would make it easier for doctors to help people die.

"This is very concerning," he said. "The Director of Public Prosecutions is effectively at a stroke of her pen decriminalising assisted suicide by doctors and other health care professionals as long as they don't have an existing relationship with the patient. It weakens the protections for sick and vulnerable people." Ms Saunders, said the recent Supreme Court case, had provided "careful and detailed analysis" of the subject.

"I am happy to further clarify the factor in favour of prosecution where the suspect is a health care professional," she said.

"This is, of course, an emotive subject on which many hold strong views and these cases present difficult and complex decisions for prosecutors."

Sarah Wootton, the chief executive of Dignity in Dying, which campaigns in favour of Lord Falconer's Bill, said: "This very small change to the policy addresses – to some degree – the points made in the Supreme Court but does nothing to improve the situation of patients who would like to at least consider assisted dying."

Alison Saunders

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Alison Saunders, CB (born 14 February 1961) is a British barrister and the Director of Public Prosecutions. She is the first lawyer from within the Crown Prosecution Service and the second woman to hold the appointment. She was previously the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London.

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Early life[edit]

Saunders was born on 14 February 1961 in Aberdeen, Scotland.[1][2] She attended primary school in Brixton, London.[3] She read law at the University of Leeds from 1979 to 1982. She graduated Bachelor of Laws (LLB hons).[4]


Having completed her pupillage and thereby becoming a qualified barrister, Saunders began working for Lloyd's of London.[5] She joined the newly formed CPS in 1986.[2] In 1991, she jointed the CPS policy division.[6] She was appointed Branch Crown Prosecutor for Wood Green in 1997, and Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS London South in 1999.[7] She took up the appointment of Chief Crown Prosecutor for Sussex in 2001. She oversaw the successful conviction of Roy Whiting, who had murdered Sarah Payne.[5] Between 2003 and 2005, she served as Deputy Legal Advisor to the Attorney General.[7] She then became head of prosecutions for the Organised Crime division of the CPS.[6] She has been Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London since 2009.[8] She was involved in the 2011 to 2012 retrial, and subsequent conviction, of the killers of Stephen Lawrence.[8]

On 23 July 2013, it was announced that she would become the new Director of Public Prosecutions in succession to Keir Starmer, taking up the appointment on 1 November 2013. She is the first head of the Crown Prosecution Service to be appointed from within the service and the second woman to hold the appointment.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Saunders is married to a lawyer and has two sons.[10][11]


In the 2013 New Year Honours, she was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) 'for services to Law and Order especially after the 2011 London Riots'.[12]


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8.^ Jump up to: a b c Branagh, Ellen (23 July 2013). "Stephen Lawrence barrister Alison Saunders to take over from Keir Starmer as new Director of Public Prosecutions". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
9.Jump up ^ "Saunders to replace Starmer at DPP". Liverpool Daily Post. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
10.Jump up ^ Gibb, Frances (23 July 2013). "Woman insider to succeed Keir Starmer as next DPP". The Times. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
11.Jump up ^ Hopkins, Nick (30 January 2012). "Rapes, murders – and one sleepless night: the life of a criminal prosecutor". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
12.Jump up ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. pp. 2–3. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013.

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Zoompad said...

That photo that David Levene of the Guardian took, is SUPPOSED to be Alison Saunders, but I am sure they have used exactly the same photo before

Zoompad said...

"De Freitas’s father said his daughter had accepted the police’s decision and tried to get on with her life. But the man at the centre of the rape claim began a private prosecution against her saying she had lied about the rape. Some months later lawyers for the CPS announced they were taking over the case against De Freitas. Her trial for perverting the course of justice was due to open on 7 April. On 4 April she took her own life."

Right, we need to know

1) The name of the man who began the private prosecution against her and

2) The name of the lawyers for the CPS and anyone else involved in the prosecution

Zoompad said...

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Zoompad said...


The American Journal of Family Therapy. 27:195-212, 1999

Family Therapy of the Moderate Type of Parental Alienation Syndrome
Department of Child Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

Each of the three types of parental alienation syndrome (PAS) warrants a different therapeutic approach. Because PAS is a family problem, family therapy is usually warranted-separation, divorce, and even litigation notwithstanding Furthermore, formidable modifications of traditional family therapy approaches are warranted if there is to be any chance of success in the treatment of PAS families. Especially important is the full support of the court for the therapist's stringent and authoritarian methods necessary for the treatment of these families. Without such support, the therapist is not likely to be successful. Described here are the special family therapeutic techniques warranted in the treatment of families in which the PAS is of the moderate type.

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS; Gardner, 1985, 1986, 1987a, 1987b, 1989, 1992a, 1998) is a psychiatric disturbance that arises in the context of litigated child custody disputes, especially when the dispute is prolonged and acrimonious. There are three types of parental alienation syndrome, the differential diagnosis of which is crucial if one is to properly treat the disorder. In Table 1 the primary manifestations of each of the three types are delineated. In this article I focus on the treatment of the moderate type. Because PAS is a family problem, a family therapy approach is warranted--separation, divorce, and litigation notwithstanding.


Anonymous said...

The bottom line is that the British legal system stinks
gangster Reg Kray said ' there are more criminals inside the legal system than outside it'
As long as one man is paid to find you guilty as a prosecutor, whether he beleives you guilty or not, and another man paid to find you innocent whether he believes you to be innocent or not,
shows the system to be corrupt and rotten
The Shariah system is more fair as the panel are paid to find the truth

Zoompad said...

You have put your finger on exactly what is wrong, its the legal system itself.

Its not exactly like a James Stewart film, what is happening in the courts all over the UK. James Steward would be locked up for Contempt of Court in a trice in the UKs courts.

The thing that makes me mad is when I hear people going on about the glory of the UK justice system, that its the best in the world. Well, I've never left this country, but if that is true then all I can say is the rest of the world must have equally rotten justice system, as well then, because this one stinks.

Zoompad said...

The Sharaih System, well thats already being used against women in the UK secret family courts, and thats the most unfair and corrupted system of all of them!!!

Anonymous said...

great blog Barbara
A few years ago the cheif constable of cambridgeshire Julie Spense ran a secret operation called radium to close down 120 foreign run brothels in Norfolk Lincolnshire and cambridgeshire.
This was a very controversial thing to do as Tony Blair had allowed senior russian mafia figures permission to come here
these men were jews and they were big crime figures and in New Labour untouchable
This operation was based on an undercover workers info that a large house with huge electric iron gates at 410 wooton rd kings lynn was owned by a jew using 5 different christians names, he owned a fast boat and would collect refugee boys
and bring them across the channel.
These 3 counties were and probably still are owned by the russian mafia, they ran the kings lynn police all the crime and even the MP new labourite George Turner did as he was told.
Ivan Lukaszewski and Viktor Somolka had hundreds or workers to supply to farms and factories all across Britian, english people were not allowed to work.
These boats would bring in young boys who had to strip naked for inspection, some were taken in for the homosexual bumboy trade
some boys were bought by queers and some were for organ harvesting for israelis and some just disappeared.
Julie spense did a great service yet had to resign soon afterwards, for ‘going it alone’ in aracially sensitive areas which new labour did not like
It should be said Peter mandelson and Tony blairs New labour was known as the homosexual party by insiders

Zoompad said...

"these men were jews and they were big crime figures and in New Labour untouchable"

Thanks for the info. Yes, the Labour Friends of Israel are also involved in the conspiring to persecute women and children in secret family courts all over the UK, using syndromes that paedophiles invented for example Richard Gardners Parental Alienation Syndrome.

Zoompad said...

Thanks again for the info:,d.ZGU

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Sex workers help trafficking team

Sex workers have been calling with important information for a team trying to break the sex-trafficking trade in Cambridgeshire, police have revealed.
The workers have told police working on Operation Radium that they want to help young girls being forced into working as prostitutes by criminal gangs.

The information is needed for police to locate brothels in the county.

They hope to find out who is behind the trafficking of young girls from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Important information

"The women who have been in touch with us see and hear things other people wouldn't," said Det Ch Insp Paul Fullwood who is leading the operation.

"Their information as 'insiders' is very important to the intelligence-gathering and preparation side of Operation Radium," he added.

Operation Radium is part of a national drive against sex trafficking.

It was launched in Cambridgeshire on 7 August, and police say they are grateful for the response they have had from members of the public as well as sex workers.

Last week police opened the Operation Radium files to highlight the extent of the victims' suffering.

Zoompad said...

This is interesting too:

6 January 2014

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Operation Radium

Please could you answer the following under FOI Acts

1 What was the purpose, remit and terms of reference of the

2 What dates it ran

3 What are the indicators used by the Police as a measure of
success of an Operation? What results it achieved in terms of
number of arrests, number charged, number of convictions and for
what offences for each ( if the request goes over the limit, please
drop the convictions and offences part of this question)

4 Who the Police officer was in charge and how many officers were
on the operation

5 Why the operation was instigated

6 Where the operation was run from and what area did it cover

7 Why was the name chosen and whether it had always had that name
or whether there were connected operations

8 Where this information is now kept, and in what form -physical or
electronic. If electronic is it on HOLMES?

9 Where any childrens establishments involved? If so which?

10 When is any data re this Operation due for deletion?

Yours faithfully,

Shona Scott

Anonymous said...

I remember operation radium
because a policeman told me that
in the house two doors down to me in loke rd kings lynn, a brothel was running where women were being forced into prostitution,
I was told another address not too far away had young boys held their for the homosexual trade,
it was the russian mafia who were and still are very active in the general area

Anonymous said...

A lot to take in Barbara
I just stumbled onto this about jewish rabbis and sex perversion

Anonymous said...

I wont watch British TV because of all the propaganda
and on RT Russia TV channel 85 today believe it or believe it not
peter Tatchell was on complaining about the number of young boys getting done by homosexuals,
he himself was thrown out of the labour party for living with a boy of 15.
He has myriad complaints against him by young boys
the man is an admitted homosexual
how can they have him on TV ?

Anonymous said...

Here is the official CCTV evidence in the Eleanor de Freitas case.