Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Sex abuse victim 'felt on trial'

Frances Andrade was found dead at her home a week after she gave evidence against Michael Brewer
Frances Andrade was found dead at her home a week after she gave evidence against Michael Brewer
Michael Brewer who was sentenced for abusing a former pupil at one of Britain's top music schools

The husband of a sex abuse victim who killed herself after giving evidence against her former music teacher, said the mother-of-four felt like she was on trial.

Levine Andrade, 59, also a musician, said his wife Frances was "incensed" by the court system and the questioning of her by the prosecution.

Michael Brewer, 68, was on Friday convicted of sexually abusing Mrs Andrade 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.

The body of violin teacher Mrs Andrade, 48, was found at her home a week after she gave evidence on January 16 and 17 at Manchester Crown Court.

In an interview with the Mail On Sunday, Mr Andrade said his wife was devastated at being called a liar by the prosecution when she told the court of the historic sex abuse.

He said she was left feeling "inconsolable" afterwards.

"It was partly because it was a female barrister, partly because she was called a liar, partly because she couldn't remember all the right dates," he said.

"Fran said it was particularly awful because in a normal conversation you can defend yourself, but she got reprimanded so many times for fighting back."

Mr Andrade said the hardest part for his wife was being called a liar by the defence barrister.

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