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Tracy Shelvey 'distressed' at rape not guilty verdict before roof fall

The mother of a woman who fell to her death after learning a man accused of raping her had been acquitted, said her daughter had been "distressed".

Tracy Shelvey, 41, fell from the roof of a car park in Rochdale after learning the defendant she had given evidence against had been cleared.

An inquest in Oldham heard Miss Shelvey gave evidence at two trials but the man was cleared following a retrial.

Her mother said her daughter had been convinced he would be found guilty.

Irene Shelvey told the inquest at Oldham County Court she did not believe her daughter had intended the consequences of her actions when she fell from the roof of the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre in Rochdale on 3 February 2014.

She said that a few days earlier she received a call from her daughter in a distressed state.

"She had it on her mind that maybe people didn't believe her."

She added that she had believed her daughter "100%", describing her as "good-hearted, she would do anything for anyone".

The inquest continues.

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