A woman who was sexually abused by leading youth choir director Michael Brewer is believed to have killed herself during his trial, it was reported for the first time today.
The body of Frances Andrade, 48, was found at her home less than a week after she gave evidence against the former director of music at Chetham's School of Music at Manchester Crown Court.
The jury found Mr Brewer guilty of sexually abusing the victim when she was 14 and 15 and his ex-wife Kay Brewer was also convicted of indecently assaulting the same victim when she was an adult.
Judge Martin Rudland said that all counsel involved in the case were "deeply shocked and moved" by the death of Ms Andrade as they had to collect themselves to continue and finish the trial.
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