Is it Greater Manchester Police?
Mrs Andrade’s family told how one of the key failings by the criminal justice system had been a warning by police that she should not seek counselling to cope with the trauma of going to court, a decision which they felt was particularly damaging because of her history of self-harm.
Last night Greater Manchester Police, which investigated the crimes committed against Mrs Andrade, sought to distance itself from the decision.Is it Surrey Police?
It blamed Surrey Police, the victim’s local force, for giving what her family described as “heavy advice” not to seek psychological help during the two years running up to the trial.
The Surrey force declined to comment.Is it the CPS?
The victim’s family, from Guildford, Surrey, said she had been reluctant to give evidence but had felt pressurised by the police. They also criticised the CPS for failing to support her properly in the run-up to the trial, and disclosed a catalogue of mistakes and omissions in the way the vulnerable witness had been treated by the criminal justice system.Is it the entire justice system?
Jo Wood, a trustee of Rape Crisis, said: “Frances Andrade could have had the support she needed and we feel absolute despair that she did not receive it. But she was just thrown to the wolves.
“She was just treated, it seems, as if she was a piece of evidence or a crime scene, and nothing else."Is it everybody except the feminist whackjobs that insist a woman must always be believed no matter what and that no case, no matter how flimsy or historic, must be left unpursued?
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said: “There must be an urgent investigation into the handling of this case from start to finish. Although the details are still emerging, it looks as though something went badly wrong.”So long as they don't look too closely at the part you and Harriet Harman and Vera Baird played to see this policy through all strands of the justice system, eh?