Family of sex abuse victim say trial was 'more than she could bear'

Violinist Frances Andrade

The son of Francis Andrade, who is believed to have committed suicide after giving evidence at the trial her former abuser Michael Brewer, paid a loving tribute to his mother as he described the emotional toll the trial took on her.

The 48-year-old mother of four died ten days after testifying against Michael Brewer, a former choirmaster who was found guilty of sexually abusing her as child, but was cleared of raping her as an 18-year-old.

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Frances' son Oliver said his talented mother would be "sorely missed" by the whole family:

He then went on to criticise how her life was "forced to change" after a third party went to the police to report the abuse.

He said she went to police to ensure "other students who also suffered abuse at Chetham's would receive justice". He said:

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According to her son, Mrs Andrade was advised not to seek professional help until the case concluded, a process which lasted two years:

Oliver criticised the CPS for their handling of the case, saying she was not kept informed of progress, was not familiar with the court system, and was not prepared for the experience of being cross examined in the way she was. He said:

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Oliver said the rape and sexual abuse support centre (RASASC) were the "only ones to provide real help" to his mother, and that the family would appreciate any donations to their work.

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