Anorak | Eleanor de Freitas and Alexander Economou is a tale of victims and causes

Eleanor de Freitas and Alexander Economou is a tale of victims and causes

by | 8th, December 2014

Alexander Economou, 35, was accused or raping Eleanor de Freitas, 23. He was innocent. But the police and State would not let the matter drop.

Hugh Muir wrote of “her attacker”. That was later changed to her “alleged attcker”.

He adds:

This summer we learned that the number of successful rape prosecutions had dropped after five successive years of increases. In 2007-08, 58% of cases brought to trial were successfully convicted. By 2011-12, that figure had risen to 63%. Since then, it has declined to 60. The number of cases referred to the CPS by the police also fell in 2012-13 despite the number of rapes being reported rising by 30%.

But Mr Economou is innocent. Using this case to make a wider point misses that point. It is based on the idea that rape is ‘fate worse than death’. It is heinius crime. But so is going to prison for a crime you did not commit.

The police are central to the febrile climate, where sex crimes are the worst crimes. Having ignored rape victims and mishandled cases, the police are scrambling for clarity of vision. This mean they miss the full picture. Healthy sceptisism sees you labelled as a rape apologist.

Sex has been recast as a risky affair.

Zerlina Maxwell tells the Washting Post : “We should believe, as a matter of default, what an accuser says.” No. Just as we should not belive as matter of fact what the defendant says. We need only to study the facts.


The Daily Express .

He had discovered that Eleanor offered her services as a “tantric massage therapist” on the internet using the pseudonym Goddess Olivia, describing herself as “the quintessential English rose”. He said: “I was stunned. She looked like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, but there she was on what can only be called sex sites. The photos were suggestive and she was provocatively posed in next to nothing.”

After breaking off the relationship Alexander, of Chelsea, west London, received a text message from her cousin saying: “How dare you do that to Ellie.” Rumours then began circulating among their friends that Alexander had assaulted Eleanor, drugged her and would not let her escape from his flat.

Alexander went to Chelsea police station to report Eleanor for harassment – but when he arrived he was charged with rape.

It is a horrible story. The accused was tainted:

He said: “It was two months before they dropped the case because of insufficient evidence.”

Alexander then paid £40,000 for his own inquiry and the Crown Prosecution Service later took over his private prosecution of Eleanor for perverting the course of justice.

In April, three days before the start of her trial, Eleanor, a former Durham University student, killed herself.

This is not a new story. The Mail reported earlier:

Miss de Freitas, a brilliant former

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