My daughter killed herself after being charged over rape claims. We need answers

My only daughter, Eleanor, killed herself earlier this year on the eve of a trial where she was to be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice. Eleanor had reported an allegation of rape to the police the previous year on advice from a community support officer.

It resulted in the man she accused being arrested and spending a night in custody. Six weeks later, after investigating the allegation, the police decided not to charge him. Eleanor, who suffered from bipolar affective disorder, accepted this decision.

She had behaved in a way that might be viewed as inconsistent by a jury and the police were concerned that with her mental illness she might be too vulnerable to withstand a trial, even as a complainant. She decided to try to put it behind her and get on with her life, and that summer she found some happiness in a new relationship and commenced studies for a new career.

However, all that changed in August 2013, when she was served with a summons for a private prosecution by the man she had accused. She instructed defence solicitors who thought there was nothing to it and they invited the CPS to take over the prosecution and stop it. However, the CPS felt differently and in December 2013, they told the court they would take over the prosecution…


I’m sorry your daughter had mental problems. But false accusations of crime can be very damaging too.  Indeed, they might drive the man to suicide himself.

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  • Pete_Brewster

    Eleanor de Freitas was a prostitute who tried to blackmail one of her johns by accusing him of rape. She had no case, and she offed herself when her victim sued for defamation, after it became clear that she would no longer be able to prevent daddy from finding out where her pocket money came from.

    Good bloody riddance.

    I’m sorry this jackass was a complete failure as a father and failed to teach his daughter that actions had consequences before the courts did. He wants someone to blame for his princess slitting her wrists? He’ll find the culprit in the mirror.

    May Eleanor be the plaything of every demon in hell for all eternity, and may “Jackie” quickly join her.

    • David

      You must be a paragon of virtue.

      • AmicusC

        why because he has no sympathy for someone that had no qualms with attempting to destroy someone else’s life?
        I feel neither pity nor sympathy for people that are brought to task for their actions. if they fail to realize that actions have consequences that is their failing and the failing of those who raised them not mine.

      • DD_Austin

        You must be a paragon of Idiocy

        Justice is one of the cardinal virtues

        and Truth is a harsh mistress
        though some treat her like a whore

        • David

          Thank you very much.

      • ntt1

        she was an “escort” and waited 6 months before making her claim, her victim is out hundreds of thousands dollars in legal fees to clear his name. she should be charged and if she is mentally ill that might be taken into account

      • He’s also psychic.

    • Frau Katze

      Conditions like bipolar disorder are biological. The parent can do little. It is unfortunate, but having children is always a bit of a gamble.

      • Xavier

        Life is full of choices; she made hers. I do sympathize with people who suffer from mental health issues, but that does not exempt them from following the same rules as the rest of us.

  • Alain

    You are correct Frau that false accusations are very serious and have consequences for the man wrongly accused. Even if he does not commit suicide, his reputation and life is usually ruined, since most people think where there is smoke there is fire. In this case the blame lies with the community support officer and of course her mental illness, not with the man wrongly accused. I also have to wonder about the parent in this case who knew of the daughter’s mental illness and yet did not question the accusation.

  • Xavier

    So he’s saying the falsely accused don’t have rights? That false accusations shouldn’t be punished?

    • Exile1981

      The article is written by the Dad.

      • Xavier

        Thanks. There were so many ‘shes’ in there I got confused.

        • Exile1981

          It’s badly written, it should have been better proof read by the paper prior to publishing.

          • Frau Katze

            The Guardian.

      • barryjr

        So that is where she learned to make up lies when thingss didn’t go her way.

  • Exile1981

    This article doesn’t mention it but the man spent 200,000 pounds to hire lawyers and private investigators to defend his name and reputation and only after he presented the data to the Crown public prosecutor (CPP) did she – yes the CPP is a women in this case, decide that they would press charges against the girl. The dad is demanding the CPP release all the evidence the investigators gathered – so far one item is that she was working as an escort at the time of the incident and that she waited 6 months to report the incident. The rest of the data has not been released yet.

    • AmicusC

      she was debating if she could make the rape allegation or if she would have to press charges for theft cuz he shorted her 20$

    • Solo712
      • Exile1981

        Thanks

    • DD_Austin

      the man spent 200,000 pounds to hire lawyers and private investigators to defend his name and reputation

      The guy is a John, a criminal, a rich piece of shit, thats his rep,

      He spend 200.000 to pay off the legal profession to keep out of jail

      That what happens when you consort with criminals and lawyers

      No Hooker will ever give you aids, you got to pay for it

      • Exile1981

        I’m not judging his character only that he has a right to be able to defend his name otherwise for the rest of his life he would have had the “rape- not prosecuted” on his record rather than “not-guilty”.

        The fathers sole point is that because she was by-polar she should have been given a pass and not charged.

      • J. C.

        According to his side of the story, he went on a couple of ‘traditional’ dates with her and dumped her when he found out what she was doing on the side. That’s when she made the rape allegations…

    • Pete_Brewster

      Of course he’s the sort who thought nothing of blowing 200,000 quid to clear his name. That’s why the charge was dropped. A man of more modest means would have been forced to pay up or go to prison.

      In other words, Eleanor got greedy. Why we’ll probably never know.

      I can say that daddy still thinks is bipolar disorder is just as probably cocaine abuse, which has very similar symptoms. Eleanor must have owed money to the wrong people.

      • Exile1981

        I think your missing the point. The special rape police refused to drop the charges instead they listed them as not-prosecuted as opposed to not-guilty. So he would have had a problem getting a passport or a host of other issues with it hanging over his head. The same police refused to review the initial evidence he presented that could have cleared his name so he had to hire a team to clear his name and then he had to force it to court so the initial still open charges would be dropped.

        It shows a major issue with the system that the only way a man could get his name cleared and justice served would be to spend that kind of money personally. Your right in that someone of lesser means would have been screwed and unable to ever clear their name.

        I think the issue is that these special rape departments of police automatically assume guilt and refuse to consider any other option.

  • Xavier

    They could have at least castrated that guy when he was accused. That seems to be where we’re headed, anyway.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I rather like the idea of immediate public execution for anyone so much as accused of one of the more popular and PCish crimes; rape, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, being mean, failure to be sufficiently progressive….all of it. Just round up a mob and kill the accused right then and there.

    • Zaba

      Perhaps we can start an epidemic of islamonausea…..?

  • barryjr

    She was doing something Daddy would disapprove of and decided to ruin someone else’s life when it looked like she might be caught.

  • Solo712

    So what is the family saying ? Are they saying – pray not – her death was due to wrongful prosecution and not due to her being poorly medicated ? Are they saying she should not have stood trial ? She could have pleaded “not guilty, by reason of insanity”. For crying out loud !

    • Exile1981

      They are claiming her death was because of the stress of the having to testify and they say her mental problems should have given her a pass on being charged.

  • DD_Austin

    Lots of people have “mental” problems without being being a blackmailer and a whore

    The two are not connected

    • Pete_Brewster

      Oh yes they are. Eleanor was most likely a cokehead and took to hooking to support her habit. Manic-depression and the side effects of cocaine abuse are hard to tell apart.

      Eleanor must have fallen into debt and gotten greedy.

  • Frau Katze

    One comment said

    I completely agree. It is not for the CPS to worry about whether the defendant may suffer additional problems if they prosecute. This happens all the time. People lose their jobs, marriages, children, social standing, businesses and go bankrupt as a secondary consequence of being accused. Not only that, their partners and children suffer and perhaps their employees lose their jobs as a consequence of bankruptcy and then maybe their marriages and children suffer.
    This is also why making a false allegation against someone particularly for a crime like rape is such a serious matter.