CAROLINE Flack begged “please let this court case be dropped” in a tragic handwritten note found after her death, an inquest heard today.
The TV star, 40, was said to be tormented by the thought of facing court in what her family slammed as a “show trial”.
Caroline was found dead in February after learning a court case against her was going ahead[/caption]
The inquest was told this morning she wrote: “Please let this court case be dropped and myself and Lewis find harmony.”
Her twin sister Jody confirmed “that looks exactly like Caroline’s handwriting”.
Caroline was pronounced dead on February 15, the day after she had learned the CPS was pursuing charges that she allegedly attacked her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.
Today, her family and legal representatives were part of a virtually held inquest into her death, with only a coroner and press physically present in court.
A police incident report was read out to the coroner – stating Lewis had told cops he was woken up after being hit on the head.
Caroline had told police she had hit him to try and wake him, after finding out he had been cheating on her.
She told officers: “I had his phone in one hand, and my phone in the other. I whacked him round the head – there’s no excuse for it, I was upset.”
Coroner Mary Hassell ruled this afternoon Caroline died by suicide, and touched on her struggles with “mental ill health” and fears of losing her job.
She said: “In Caroline’s case I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death.
“She had only one expectation – her own death.”
Chris wept as she heard the verdict, saying: “I totally agree, I think you got it spot on.”
Sections of a summary from CPS prosecutor Alison Wright, read earlier at the inquest, said police pushed to charge Caroline over the allegations.
She said officers claimed she took “a biased view of the case because Caroline Flack is a celebrity”, after she initially wanted to issue a caution and they refused.
Next, coroner Mary Hassell told DI Lauren Bateman, who applied for a formal charge: “(Her) family feel that she was being taught a lesson in a way that a non-celebrity would not have been – that this was motivated by treating a celebrity in a way that a non-celebrity would not have been treated.”
DI Bateman insisted: “I would have done exactly the same if it had been anyone.”
After looking at documents from the police on their desire to charge Caroline, the coroner said: “It would be easy to gain an impression from this that for whatever reason Caroline isn’t liked – ‘She’s a celebrity and she must be dealt with severely’.”
Today her mum Chris Flack told DI Bateman “you should be disgusted with yourself”, as she smirked while being questioned about the star’s tragic death.
Being well known should not allow special treatment, but should not allow making an example of someone.
And after prosecutor Lisa Ramsarran said she was satisfied with the approach to the case, Chris added: “After listening to you and the first lady (DI Lauren Bateman), I feel even more that you had it in for Caroline.
“I now know how Caroline felt and it is not very nice.”
Yesterday the tearful mum blasted the CPS for her daughter’s “show trial” at the Love Island star’s inquest.
Chris, who also watched proceedings at Poplar Coroner’s Court yesterday via videolink, wiped away tears as her statement was read out.
It said: “I believe Caroline was seriously let down by the authorities and in particular the CPS for pursuing the case. I believe this was a show trial.
“Being well known should not allow special treatment, but should not allow making an example of someone.”
Her mum blasted the allegations on the first day of the inquest and told the court she had received a written apology from the chief crown prosecutor over the lamp accusation.
She added: “A lamp was never involved in the assault. It was a phone. I feel that the prosecutor was unkind to Caroline and to my family.
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“I was threatened with arrest when I tried to speak.”
Her sister Jody said on Wednesday Caroline was “in a very anxious state of mind” before her death, adding in a statement an ambulance had been called for her four times previously.
In a statement read to the court Caroline’s boyfriend, Lewis, told of her worries about the case and not being able to see him.
He said: “The last time [I] saw Caroline she was very upset, in fact devastated, she was not in a good place emotionally.”
An ambulance had been called to Caroline’s house the night before she died due to pals’ concerns for her – but she told paramedics she didn’t want to go to hospital.
The coroner’s court heard no traces of alcohol were found in her system, but there was the presence of a drug used for insomnia.
A family lawyer previously said the television personality died by suicide.
Caroline stepped down from hosting ITV2’s hit show Love Island after she was arrested. She was bailed after the first court hearing, but was banned from contacting Lewis before the trial.
Her suicide was the latest connected to Love Island, following the deaths of contestants Mike Thalassitis, 26, in March 2019 and Sophie Gradon, 32, in June 2018.
Miss Gradon’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, died three weeks after he found his girlfriend.
The Met Police has already referred itself to the police watchdog over its contact with Caroline before her death – which cops say is standard practice.
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A CPS spokesman said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Caroline Flack.
“It is normal practice for prosecutors to hold a debriefing in complex or sensitive cases after they have ended.
“This has taken place and found that the case was handled appropriately and in line with our published legal guidance.”
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