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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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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."

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