Director of Public Prosecutions calls for a ‘national consensus’ on how child sexual abuse cases are investigated and prosecuted

On 6th March 2013 Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, announced a new packages of measures ‘intended to change and improve the criminal justice response to sexual offending, particularly involving children.’

In his speech he reviewed the findings of the Yewtree report by the Metropolitan Police and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which detailed several hundred allegations made against Jimmy Saville that were not reported at the time, and a report by Alison Levitt QC (his Principal Legal Advisor) into a decision the CPS had previously taken not to prosecute four allegations against Jimmy Saville.

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The death of Frances Andrade and the search for justice for survivors

Less than a week after being cross-examined in Manchester Crown Court during the trial of Michael Brewer and his ex-wife Hilary (Kay) Brewer, violin teacher Frances Andrade was found dead at her home in Surrey of an apparent suicide. Her death was revealed to the court on 24th January, without the jury present. Mrs Andrade had been a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in the 1970s, where Michael Brewer was Choirmaster. Michael and Hilary Brewer have since been convicted of sexually abusing Mrs Andrade when she was 14 and 15

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