Bullying partly to blame for soldier's suicide

A coroner has recorded a narrative verdict at an inquest into the death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. The 30-year-old from Bournemouth was found hanged at Bulford Barracks near Salisbury in 2011.

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Army 'deeply regrets' death of Corporal Ellement

The Army deeply regrets the tragic death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement and although there were aspects of her care that were praised, I want to apologise to her family for the failures that the Coroner has identified. This second inquest has been an extremely thorough investigation by Her Majesty's Coroner, and Anne-Marie's family has shown great dignity throughout. We now have a clear understanding of the complex circumstances surrounding her death and, where the Army needs to learn lessons.

Our priority is to study the Coroner's conclusions and then identify what further steps can be taken, to help prevent a recurrence of this kind of tragedy in the future. At present, however, our thoughts and sympathy lie with Anne-Marie's family at this difficult time.

– Brigadier John Donnelly, Director of Personal Services

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Anne-Marie Ellement's family 'delighted' by verdict

Anne-Marie Ellement's sister Sharon Hardy has read out a statement to the media, on behalf of the family.

She said: "The family are delighted with this verdict we have today.

"The coroner has confirmed what we have always known - that Anne-Marie was treated appallingly and let down by the Army.

Anne-Marie Ellement's sister Sharon Hardy reads a statement to the media. Credit: ITV News

"She was never able to recover from the allegation of rape she made in Germany.

"She then suffered bullying by the Army and was subjected to unacceptable work practices.

"Victims of sexual abuse in the Army need proper support, which the coroner has recognised, and we are delighted with his recommendations."

Coroner calls for MOD to review care for vulnerable soldiers

A coroner has called on the Ministry of Defence to review its care for vulnerable soldiers after he ruled that bullying, the "lingering" mental effects of an alleged rape, "work-related despair" and a romantic break-up were all factors in the death of Anne-Marie Ellement.

Nicholas Rheinberg concluded that she hanged herself at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire two years after she alleged that two soldiers raped her while she was stationed in Germany.

But Mr Rheinberg said in the inquest that, although the care given to Corporal Ellement in the aftermath of the allegation had been of "high quality", the transfer of information when she returned to the UK had been "unforgivably bad."

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Bullying among factors in death of Corporal Ellement

Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. Credit: Family handout.

Bullying, the "lingering" mental effects of an alleged rape, "work-related despair" and a romantic break-up were all factors in the death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement who committed suicide in an Army barracks, coroner Nicholas Rheinberg has ruled at a Salisbury inquest.

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

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