Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has requested that her assault case be filed in a handwritten note she left on the day of her death, her investigation heard today.
The 40-year-old was found dead on February 15, the day after the Crown Prosecution Service was set to go to trial for allegedly assaulting her model and former tennis boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.
Today, Poplar Coroner’s Court in east London heard new details about a note found near his body which read: ‘Please let this court case be dropped and me and Lewis find harmony. “
The TV star’s twin, Jody, who watches the video link investigation with her mother, Christine, has confirmed that the note was handwritten by her sister.
Flack has firmly denied assaulting Mr Burton and pleaded not guilty to assault by beating at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on December 23.
Her sister said she tried to kill herself before the first court appearance and then twice more before hanging herself in her London apartment.
Flack’s family accused the CPS of pursuing a “show trial” amid awareness of her worsening mental health, while prosecutors said they initially recommended a warning, but police insisted on an assault charge.
Today, the Met told the inquest it had appealed the CPS ‘decision to give her only a warning because she had not clearly admitted responsibility.
Caroline Flack was found dead on February 15, the day after learning that CPS accused her of assaulting her former tennis player and model boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27. They are seen at a party in London on October 16, 2019.
Police visited Flack’s home in December when her boyfriend Lewis Burton, who was bleeding profusely from a cut to his head, called emergency services to tell him she was trying to kill him.
Her investigation learned today that she admitted to police at the scene that she hit Mr Burton with his phone because she believed he was cheating on her.
The CPS reconsidered its original decision to warn Flack only of the Met’s interference and subsequently proceeded with an assault charge.
Giving evidence during her investigation today, Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman said Flack did not clarify in her interview with police later what she was admitting.
She told the hearing: “Unfortunately, when she was questioned at the police station, it was slightly different. In my opinion, what Caroline was referring to was unclear.
“Although she made a few confessions at the scene, things were said differently (in an interview). In my opinion, what she admitted was not clear.
The inquest heard that during her interview with the police, Flack said she pressured Mr Burton to “wake him up” and that she did not believe she caused his injury.
Coroner Mary Hassell suggested that DI Bateman was “splitting his hair” in what she saw as Flack’s confession of guilt.
DI Bateman replied, “In my opinion, that was not a clear admission of what had happened. “
A lack of admission meant the case could not be dealt with with a warning, the inquest was told.
DI Bateman said she wouldn’t do anything different if faced with the same circumstances again.
A section of the police incident report read at today’s hearing describes how Flack confessed to officers called to the scene.
He said: ‘He [Mr Burton] alleged that he fell asleep in his bed with Ms Flack and was suddenly awakened by her punching him on the head with some force.
Flack’s family had become increasingly concerned about his mental health in the weeks leading up to his death. She is pictured at the Royal Festival Hall in London on November 12, 2019
“Flack made a number of admissions in the presence of police officers, statements such as, ‘I hit him, he was cheating on me’.
“At this time, it is not known what object was used to attack Mr. Burton. He assumed it was a desk fan or a lamp.
The log indicated that Flack’s phone had been seized, contained a significant amount of blood, and a crack in one of the corners.
Flack reported to the police at the scene, read to the inquest, in which she said, “I did it, I hit her head like that”, making a swaying gesture with her right hand. the police.
Flack told police, “I admit I did. I used the phone. I had his phone in one hand and my phone in the other.
“I hit him on the head, there is no excuse, I was upset.
However, in a later police interview, Flack said she pressured Mr Burton to ‘wake him up’ and did not believe she caused his injury.
Friends yesterday described how seriously Flack was concerned about her trial in March, but met her lawyers on February 14 when she believed the case could be dropped.
However, that was when his legal team described the CPS ‘decision – taken the day before – to continue the lawsuit.
Flack took a non-fatal overdose of pills later that night, telling her loved ones she was going to kill herself.
Concerned friends went to his apartment and called an ambulance, which Flack refused.
His friends stayed with the TV star overnight and left mid-morning, but they knew Flack was angry with them for calling emergency services and therefore risking the episode going public.
Flack was found hanged at his home in the middle of the afternoon.
Today, Poplar Coroner’s Court heard new details about a note found near Flack’s body in his London apartment (pictured on February 16, a day after his death). It read: “Please let this court case be dropped and me and Lewis find harmony”
Family and close friends of the former Love Island host told the inquest on Wednesday that the 40-year-old feared losing her cherished career and that her mental health had deteriorated following her arrest.
Flack’s mother, Chris Flack, wiped away tears on the video link on Wednesday when his statement was read, criticizing the CPS.
She said: “I think Caroline was seriously disappointed by the authorities and in particular by the CPS for pursuing the case. I think it was a show trial.
“Being famous should not allow special treatment, but should not allow setting an example of someone.
Dr Jonathan Garabette, a consultant psychiatrist who treated Flack, described how she suffered from a deterioration in her mental state in December 2019 and expressed concern about the likely impact of the ongoing trial.
Prosecutor Lisa Ramsarran said the CPS examined Flack’s mental health when the case was first reviewed, including evidence the TV personality self-inflicted at the crime scene when ‘she allegedly assaulted Mr. Burton.
However, it was decided that it was in the public interest to allow a charge of assault by beating, particularly in light of the allegation of domestic violence.
Boyfriend Mr Burton said he did not support the charge and said Flack “was not in the right place emotionally”.
Flack’s mother Christine yesterday gave a written statement to the court in which she said her daughter had been “disappointed” by authorities
The inquest also heard an allegation from Flack’s mother that a photograph of the scene that had upset Flack when it was published in the press was passed by Mr Burton to a former partner, who later disclosed it.
No members of Flack’s friends and family were present for the two-day hearing. Flack’s mother, twin sister and two close friends joined the hearing via video link, although Mr. Burton was absent.
Flack’s death sparked a wave of grief from friends, colleagues and celebrity fans, who referred to one of the former Strictly Winner’s December social media posts in which she urged people to “be nice”.
Her death was the latest linked to Love Island, following the deaths of candidates Mike Thalassitis, 26, in March 2019 and Sophie Gradon, 32, in June 2018.
Ms Gradon’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, died three weeks after finding out his girlfriend had died.
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