Army bullying a ‘factor in suicide’ for Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement

In summary, the inquest into her death, found:

  • Bullying and the “lingering” effect of an alleged rape were factors in the suicide of a soldier found hanged in her barracks, a coroner has ruled.
  • Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, from Bournemouth, died in October 2011.
  • The inquest heard she was “absolutely devastated” at a decision by military investigators not to prosecute two soldiers she had accused of raping her.
  • The coroner called for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to review its care for vulnerable soldiers.
  • Nicholas Rheinberg also highlighted “work-related despair” and a relationship break-up as factors in Cpl Ellement’s suicide in his narrative conclusion at the inquest in Salisbury.
  • In a statement read outside court, the family of Cpl Ellement, who was found dead at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire, said they were “delighted” by the coroner’s conclusions and recommendations.
  • The Army has issued an apology to Cpl Ellement’s family.

Source:  3rd March 2014.