Violinist Driven To Suicide By Ordeal Of Trial After Being Branded A "Liar And Fantasist" By Woman QC

Via Mail Online:

A violinist killed herself after being branded a liar and a fantasist by a female barrister defending the man who sexually abused her.

Frances Andrade, 48, died from an overdose half-way through the trial of choirmaster Michael Brewer and his ex-wife Kay, both 68.

Jurors, who were not told of the tragedy, convicted the pair of six counts of indecent assault yesterday.

Mrs Andrade had been a reluctant witness and her family said she had been ‘kept in the dark’ about how tough the trial would be.

During a heated cross-examination, the mother of four angrily denied claims from defence lawyers she had invented the abuse by her ex-teacher.

Following one emotional exchange, Mrs Andrade told the court: “This feels like rape all over again”.

A week later she was found dead at her home.

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