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.

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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.