DID TRAUMA OF RAPE DRIVE KIM TO SUICIDE? Accused May Face Manslaughter

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Byline: By JEREMY ARMSTRONG

A SUSPECTED rapist may be charged with manslaughter after the mum he allegedly attacked killed herself days later.

Kim Corner, 34, was found dead on a deserted beach next to a vodka bottle, tablets and a photo of her eight-year-old daughter.

Five days earlier distressed Kim had told police she had been raped by someone she knew.

The alleged attacker is due to appear in court today on a rape charge.

But police yesterday said they will press for manslaughter charges as well if it can be shown that the trauma of the alleged attack had driven Kim to suicide."

Kim's body was found at the water's edge in Seaton Carew, Cleveland, on Saturday by dog walker David Young.

He said: "I wasn't sure what it was from a distance but as I got nearer I could see that it was the body of a young woman.

"I could see vodka and tablets near-by, and her handbag was next to her. I was really shaken up. It's such a tragic waste of a young life. …