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Inquest into death of abused woman

Frances Andrade was found dead a week after she testified against a teacher at Chethams School of music.

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Prosecutors 'unaware' violinist overdosed before trial

Prosecutors were unaware a concert violinist had taken drug overdoses in the months before she was due to give evidence in the sex abuse trial of her former Manchester music teacher, an inquest into her death has heard.

Frances Andrade

Frances Andrade, 48, died from a prescription drug overdose at her home in Guildford, Surrey, on January 24, 2013, just a week after giving evidence in court about historic sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-choirmaster Michael Brewer.

Mrs Andrade, who did not live to see her abuser jailed for six years for five counts of indecent assault, had discovered that a judge had instructed the jury in Brewer's case to find not guilty verdicts for several charges on January 23.

Frances Andrade

Giving evidence at Woking Coroner's Court, divisional crown prosecutor Mark Callaghan said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was unaware of the "fragility of Mrs Andrade's health" after she had overdosed in October and December 2012 and on January 3, 2013.

The prosecutor said the CPS had been in touch regularly with Mrs Andrade between May and August 2012 and in January 2013 and she had never indicated that she did not want to proceed with the case.

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