Coroner Mary Hassell said the alleged assault of her boyfriend Lewis Burton by the Love Island presenter, “played in the national press” after her arrest, was “incredibly difficult for her” and had a serious impact on her health mental.
Flack, 40, died in her north London apartment in February, just weeks before her trial in the December 2019 incident.
The coroner found suicide following a two-day inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court in east London, stating: “Although his general fluctuating (mental) state was a background and important in her death, I find the reason why she committed suicide. if she knew now that she was being pursued with certainty, and she knew she would face the media, the press, the publicity – it would all fall on her.
“For me, that’s basically it. ”
Earlier on the second day, Flack’s mother told the court that her daughter “was not an abuser” and had been treated unfairly because of her celebrity status.
The Crown Prosecution Service initially decided to warn the star, but continued to charge him after a police call, the investigation had heard.
By video link in court, Christine Flack confronted the detective inspector who asked that Flack be charged rather than warned.
“If that had been… an ordinary person, you wouldn’t have sued,” Christine Flack told Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman.
“I just think you should be disgusted with yourself.” There’s nothing we can do to bring Caroline back. I hope that with hindsight you will regret it …
“She was not an abuser. “
Ms Flack was responding to DI Bateman’s evidence, in which the Detective Inspector said the star was charged with assault rather than being given a warning because there was no “clear admission” Of guilt.
DI Bateman said Flack gave different accounts of what happened on the night of his arrest.
Mr Burton said Flack hit him with an object while he was sleeping.
When officers arrived at the scene, the couple were injured, the detective said.
The Love Island presenter told police, “I did it, I hit him around the head like that”, while doing a rocking gesture with his hand.
“I admit I did,” she said. “I used the phone. I had his phone in one hand and my phone in the other. I kicked him in the head – there is no excuse for it, I was upset.
She also told officers that Mr. Burton was cheating on her.
DI Bateman told the inquest that in a subsequent interview with police, Flack said she had a “fuzzy” memory of the incident and that she “patted” Mr. Burton on the head to wake him up.
But Ms Flack argued that her daughter gave a consistent account of what happened and it was Mr Burton’s account that was unreliable as he had been drinking all day and was in condition intoxicated the night of the incident.
She said it was a “life changing” charge but DI Bateman “never saw Caroline” and “made a drunk phone call”.
“I don’t think it is,” the detective replied, although she said she liked what Ms. Flack was saying.
The coroner said she was “really struggling” to see how Mr Burton’s injury could be called “significant” given that he did not need to go to the hospital, but Lisa Ramsarran, Deputy chief prosecutor for north London said the injury was “not insignificant”.
Ms Ramsarran said the wound was “bleeding profusely”.
It was not known at the time what object was used in Mr Burton’s alleged assault, but he said he assumed it was a desk fan or a lamp.
Flack’s phone was seized because there was a “significant” amount of blood on it and a crack in one of the corners.
The coroner asked why police decided to appeal the warning, when Flack had no previous convictions and no history of domestic violence.
DI Bateman said there were aggravating factors, including that an object was used, and said it was an “unprovoked attack” while Mr Burton was “essentially defenseless “.
The detective also told the court that warnings for domestic violence cases were “very rare”.
During the first day of the hearing Ms Flack asked about a photo published by some newspapers after Flack’s arrest on Wednesday and told the court she believed Mr Burton sent the photo to an ex-girlfriend.
“Lewis sent the picture of the blood and sent it to his friend,” Ms Flack said, during the testimony of the star’s friend, Mollie Grosberg.
Her twin sister, Jody, also recounted how the star had spent “the last months of her life hiding indoors in fear of the abuse.”
Mr Burton, 28, had said he did not support Flack’s lawsuit and in a statement read by the coroner he described how the last time he saw her she was “very upset, in devastated ”.
Flack left behind her twin sister Jody, older brother Paul, older sister Elizabeth, and parents Ian and Christine.
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