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Lord Janner case fury of suicide girl Eleanor's father

By Ryan Hooper

Published 20/04/2015

Tragedy: Eleanor de Freitas
Tragedy: Eleanor de Freitas

The father of a woman who killed herself before going on trial for a false rape claim has questioned the decision not to take Lord Janner to court due to dementia.

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 one offence as 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 had a history of mental health problems and had polar 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.

Her father said the standards applied over Lord Janner's mental health should have applied to his daughter.

He said: "The CPS do have a duty to monitor the state of health of the person they are considering prosecuting. How is it then that the CPS made no attempt at such monitoring of Eleanor? Why is dementia worthy of consideration and not bipolar?"

Last week, the CPS said there was enough evidence to bring charges against former Labour peer Janner (86), but that his dementia meant he was too sick to stand trial.

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