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CPS defends itself over abuse case.

Summary: The Crown Prosecution Service has defended itself against accusations that a mother, who killed herself, was let down by the court system.

The Crown Prosecution Service has defended itself against accusations that a mother-of-four, who killed herself during the sex abuse trial of her former teacher, was let down by the court system.

The body of violin teacher Frances Andrade, 48, was found at her home a week after she gave evidence against Michael Brewer, 68, who was convicted on Friday of sexually abusing her as a child while she was a pupil at the prestigious Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

Brewer's ex-wife Kay, 68, was also found guilty of indecently assaulting Mrs Andrade when she was 18.

Despite making previous attempts on her life, her son Oliver said she did not get the help she needed and was forced to rely on the support of family and friends throughout the process.

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.

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