Friday, July 25, 2014

Coroner slams mental health services for failing concert violinist who dies days after giving evidence against predatory paedophile

Frances Andrade died a week after giving evidence
A coroner has criticised mental health services for ‘failing’ to provide proper care to a concert violinist who died just a week after giving evidence against her predatory former choirmaster.

Coroner Richard Travers also demanded that new rules are put in place to ensure that vulnerable witnesses are given better support when they face often traumatic trials.

Mother-of-four Frances Andrade was ‘extremely traumatised’ after testifying about abuse she suffered as a teenager at the hands of ex-Chetham’s School of Music choirmaster Michael Brewer and his wife Kay.

She took a fatal overdose at her home in Guildford, Surrey, days later on January 24, 2013.

She did not live to see her abuser jailed for six years for five counts of indecent assault two months later.

Delivering his verdict at Woking Coroner’s Court, Mr Travers said he could not be sure she intended to kill herself and ruled out a verdict of suicide.

Brewer preyed on the young violin virtuoso at the prestigious school in Manchester, forcing her to perform sex acts on him in his office and camper van.

His ex-wife later joined in the abuse and was jailed for 21 months for one count of indecent assault.  (more...)

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