‘Double standards’ as false rape claim woman kills herself

The father of a mentally ill woman who killed herself days before going on trial for making a false rape claim has questioned the decision not to take legal action against Lord Janner because of his dementia.

‘Double standards’ as false rape claim woman kills herself

David de Freitas hit out at the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) decision not to press sex charges against the former Labour peer due to his ill health, when his own daughter was prosecuted for a single offence and was a suicide risk.

Mr de Freitas’s daughter Eleanor killed herself on April 4 last year, three days before she was due to stand trial accused of perverting the course of justice.

The 23-year-old trainee accountant was suffering with bipolar disorder. Her inquest, held in south London last month, heard the case had been a significant “stressor” in her life at the time she killed herself.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said the CPS had been “correct” in pursuing a criminal case against Ms de Freitas, but her father said the standards applied when considering Lord Janner’s mental health should have applied to his straight-A student daughter.

Former Leicester West MP Lord Janner, 86, was investigated under three different police inquiries between 1991 and 2007.

He is accused of using his position as MP for Leicester to abuse vulnerable boys at a local children’s home in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Earlier this week, DPP Alison Saunders said there was enough evidence to bring charges against the former Labour peer, but that his dementia meant he was too sick to stand trial.

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