Caroline Flack inquest: Coroner rules star ‘did intend to cause her own death’


Coroner Mary Hassell concluded the inquest into Caroline Flack’s death today at Poplar Coroner’s Court in east London. The inquest heard that the host suffered a deterioration in her mental health ahead of her death on February 15. It was also stated she had attempted suicide after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton in December.

In today’s hearing, Mary Hassell said: “The key decision for me to make is whether Caroline took her own life.

“I have to be satisfied she acted in a way so as to cause her death, and secondly that she intended to cause her death.

“In Caroline’s case I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death.

“She hanged herself. She had only one expectation – her own death.

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“There’s no doubt in my mind at all.”

The coroner went on to say: “Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past.

“She had had difficulties. In spite of the fact she may have led – to some extent – a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don’t.”

She added the media attention surrounding Caroline “was incredibly difficult for her”.

“I totally agree, I think you got it spot on.

“We know you are not allowed to say certain things and it’s up to us if we want to take it any further, and we don’t. You’re spot on,” she added.

During the hearing, Christine was given the opportunity to ask questions to Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman, who was involved in the case with her boyfriend Lewis.

She told the officer Caroline “killed herself” because of the police’s decision to appeal her case, in what she referred to as a “show trial”.

Christine said: “I just think you should be disgusted with yourself. I hope in hindsight you do regret this.

“You never saw Caroline. You never saw any evidence. You went on a drunken phone call from a man.”

Deputy chief crown prosecutor Lisa Ramsarran said she is “satisfied that the code for crown prosecutors was appropriately and consistently applied in this case”.

She added: “The inquest has heard a lot of information about the deterioration in the decline in Caroline’s mental health. That information was not known by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

The Love Island host took her own life days after learning her trial over an alleged attack on boyfriend Lewis was going ahead.

Caroline pleaded not guilty to assault and her boyfriend went on to maintain her innocence.

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