Corporal Ellement's sister: We couldn't let her down

The sister of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, the military policewoman who committed suicide after alleging she had been raped, says the family "couldn't let her down" over getting justice.

Ellement's sister Christina told ITV's Daybreak that after the original inquest in 2012 the family always "knew there was more".

Corporal Ellement, 30, was found dead at Bulford Barracks near Salisbury in Wiltshire on October 9, 2011.

Yesterday an inquest ruled that bullying, the "lingering" mental effects of an alleged rape, "work-related despair" and a romantic break-up were all factors in her death.

The Army has since apologised for the failures identified and said it has a "clear understanding of... where the Army needs to learn lessons".

Anne-Marie's mother Alexandra said her daughter was very intelligent, kind hearted and determined.

If she put her mind to anything she would fight to achieve it.

– Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement's mother Alexandra

And sister Christina said she hoped the Army had learnt lessons and is "sure there's going to be a lot of changes now".

Madeleine Moon MP
Madeleine Moon MP said she hoped the Ministry of Defence "realise how lightly they've got off". Credit: ITV

But defence select committee member Madeleine Moon MP said she wasn't satisfied with the Army's response, and that bullying in the Army was "on the rise".

Ms Moon said the very people who are responsible for setting the example and responding to bullying "are actually the ones doing it", and that the military is "determined not to see [proposed] changes implemented".