CPS stands firm over abuse case

The Crown Prosecution Service has defended itself against accusations that Frances Andrade, the woman who was sexually abused by a choir director and is believed to have killed herself during his trial, was let down by the court system.

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CPS defends itself over sex-abuse victim

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has defended itself against accusations that Frances Andrade, the woman who was sexually abused by a choir director and is believed to have killed herself during his trial, was let down by the court system.

The CPS said a dedicated witness care officer was assigned to explain the trial process to Mrs Andrade and she had restated her willingness to give evidence on several occasions, both before and during the trial.

It said a dedicated witness care officer was assigned to explain the trial process and she was offered a familiarisation visit to the court in advance.

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