Bullying among factors in suicide of military policewoman

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, an inquest has ruled.

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MP warns of armed forces' poor handling of bullying

Bullying in the armed forces has to be "pushed out", Madeleine Moon said. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Anne-Marie Ellement was not the only soldier to be bullied who was housed in the same black as the perpetrator, a member of the defence select committee has told Daybreak.

Madeleine Moon said she had seen this behaviour "over and over again" as well as bullying victims ignored by the armed forces.

"A young girl came to me and said she was being bullied by a man in her unit. She made the complaint, and the standard response - and this happens over and over again - we don't want to do anything about them, they're a good soldier.

"And then, he was moved into the room above hers, so the intimidation could go on."

She denied the bullying Anne-Marie had suffered was part of the armed forces trying to toughen up recruits.

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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."

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

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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Family 'devastated' by Ellement inquest adjournment

Kirsten Heaven, who represents Cpl Ellement's two sisters, told the inquest: "The family are devastated and upset this disclosure has come so late in the day."

Khristina Swain (left), sister of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement and her mother Alexandra Barritt (centre) speak to reporters. Credit: Press Association

Adjourning proceedings until Monday morning, the coroner said there was a "danger" in pursuing information which was "unrealistic to find" and which may be of little relevance to the inquest.

"I suggest all urgency is given to track down any missing documents," Mr Rheinberg said.

"I'm going to grant the application (for adjournment) on strict and immediate terms."

Ministry of Defence denies Ellement inquest 'cover-up'

The Ministry of Defence has denied a "cover-up" after an inquest was adjourned into the death of Royal Marine Police officer found hanging in her barracks after she accused two soldiers of rape.

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

Corporal Anne-Mare Ellement was found hanged two years after accusing colleagues of raping her. Credit: Family handout.

She alleged she had been raped by two soldiers in November 2009, but had been left "absolutely devastated" by the decision taken by military investigators not to prosecute them, an inquest in Salisbury heard.

The coroner was expected to deliver his conclusion into Cpl Ellement's death today. But the hearing was adjourned after the court heard an inventory listing items including three mobile phones and a pink diary found in Cpl Ellement's room had been discovered by the MoD.

However the items have not been found and it is thought they may have been handed to Cpl Ellement's father, who has not been located, the inquest heard.

More than 1,400 files, including 29 which were deemed relevant to the inquest by the MoD, would now be disclosed to Cpl Ellement's family for the first time, the inquest heard.

Nicholas Moss, representing the MoD, said there was "no evidence of a cover-up".

"The MoD has gone to exceptional lengths to seek to provide as fullest disclosure as possible," he said.

Inquest witness denies bullying rape claim soldier

The girlfriend of a soldier accused of raping a Royal Military Police officer who took her own life denied bullying her and "making her life hell".

Yesterday the inquest heard how Corporal Anne-Mare Ellement was branded a liar and bullied by colleagues after making the claims.

Corporal Anne-Mare Ellement was found hanged two years after accusing colleagues of raping her. Credit: Family handout.

The female soldier told the hearing she could not remember calling Cpl Ellement a "f***ing slag" and a "liar" but that she "possibly" said it out of anger.

She said that at the time of the incident she was in a relationship with one of the two accused, Soldier A, but they had since split. She described hearing about the allegation at a funeral for a friend in the UK. As she got drunk in the evening she admitted becoming angry at Cpl Ellement.

She said: "Initially it was at both of them but as the day went on it was more towards Anne-Marie.

"It was such a shock, initially that was where I channelled the anger. I didn't believe Soldier A was capable of doing that."

When asked if she had called Cpl Ellement a slag and that she would "make her life hell", she replied: "It could have been possible, I can't remember it but I can't deny it."

She also asked her if she called her "a slag, a skank, a liar" to which she replied: "I could have but I can't remember so I can't confirm or deny."

Rape claim officer 'bullied by colleagues'

A soldier who died after taking her own life was branded a liar and bullied by her colleagues, after she accused two fellow soldiers of raping her, a new inquest into her death heard.

Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, was found at Bulford Barracks near Salisbury in Wiltshire on October 2011. Her sister Sharon Hardy said she was increasingly traumatised in the final months of her life after military investigators decided not to prosecute the two soldiers she claimed raped her.

Anne-Marie Ellement with her sisters Khristina Swain (left) and Sharon Hardy. Credit: Family handout.

Her sister described how she was bullied by colleagues in Germany and said she was very concerned that a former colleague had been transferred to Bulford, where she was stationed.

Mrs Hardy said her sister alleged another soldier said to her in front of 100 personnel: "There's the girl that cried rape." She said:

"Anne-Marie was absolutely mortified because, as she said, none of the soldiers in her unit knew about this."

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