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Violinist overdose 'was a way to cope' with court case

A concert violinist repeatedly took overdoses as "a way to cope" with a sexual abuse court case against her former choirmaster, an inquest has heard.

Coroner Richard Travers said Mrs Andrade told doctors, "the overdoses had been triggered by anxiety that came from the court case," against Michael Brewer, 68, the former director of music at the Chetham's school of music in Manchester and his wife Hilary.

Travers said: "Her reason to overdose was not to kill herself but was a way to cope with the court case."

He added: "I can't help but think there was a real failure to appreciate the urgency of the situation and a failure to act upon it in an appropriate manner. What is clear is she found giving evidence extremely traumatic."

Despite this, he said failures among health professionals meant Frances Andrade was accidentally "amber-zoned" in records kept by a mental health team, whereas she had been assessed as the top "red" priority.

Brewer was jailed for six years in February 2013 after being found guilty of five charges of indecently assaulting Andrade when she was 14 and 15 and a pupil at the school. His wife Hilary Kay Brewer, also 68, was also sentenced to 21 months.


Violinist 'failed' to receive proper care' after testimony

A coroner 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.

A concert violinist 'failed' to receive proper care, a coroner has ruled.
A concert violinist 'failed' to receive proper care, a coroner has ruled. Credit: PA

Coroner Richard Travers demanded that new rules are put in place to ensure that vulnerable witnesses are given better support when they face often traumatic trials, at the inquest into the death of Frances Andrade.

Delivering his verdict, he said that 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 Hilary, also 68.

However, he could not be sure she intended to kill herself and ruled out a verdict of suicide.

Nonetheless he said he would be writing three reports - two to the Director of Public Prosecutions and one to the local health service to call for changes in the wake of the inquest.

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Coroner: Violinist took overdose but was not suicide

A concert violinist died by taking a lethal overdose a week after giving evidence at the sex abuse trial of her former music teacher, but she did not commit suicide, a coroner has ruled.

Coroner Richard Travers made the ruling about Frances Andrade's death at Woking Coroner's Court.

Andrade, died days after testifying against Michael Brewer, 68, the former director of music at the Chetham's school of music in Manchester.

Brewer was found guilty of five charges of indecently assaulting Andrade when she was 14 and 15 and a pupil at the school in February 2013.

He was sentenced to six years imprisonment on five counts of indecent assault.

Mum found it 'hard to love' the son she killed

The internet history from a mother who admitted to killing her three-year-old son showed searches including "I find it hard to love my son", "Why am I so aggressive with my son" and "Get rid of bruises," a court heard.

Using her phone, Rosdeep Adekoya also looked up, "I love all of my children except one," shortly before she battered Mikaeel Kular to death, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

Adekoya, 34, pled guilty to culpable homicide.



Tulisa to seek appeal against guilty verdict on assault

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement
Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement outside court after guilty verdict. Credit: PA

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has said she is "outraged" at her conviction for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival. The N-Dubz star was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Chelmsford.

She said: "This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this. I did not assault Vas J Morgan and I am outraged at this decision. I will be appealing it.

"I am determined to clear my name as I have already done once this week. I repeat - I did not assault Vas J Morgan. I am innocent".


Morgan 'vindicated' by Tulisa guilty verdict

The celebrity blogger assaulted by Tulisa Contostavlos has told ITV News, that he is "delighted" by the guilty verdict.

I'm delighted that we can finally put an end to this and move on. It's been a difficult time for everyone involved and I would just like to put it behind me. I've had my character questioned and now feel vindicated by the verdict.

– Vas J Morgan

Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, but he said that politics rather than his image was what was important to him.

Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace.
Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace. Credit: PA

In a wide ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said: "I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace. "You could probably even find people who look better eating a bacon sandwich."


Eds and bacon: Miliband tucks into sandwich on a morning trip to buy flowers for his wife


He added: "If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don’t vote for me. Because I don’t."

Praising David Cameron, he said the Prime Minister "is a very sophisticated and successful exponent of a politics driven by image."

But he said he was not going to compete with that and wanted to "offer something different."

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