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Soldier showed signs of stress disorder - inquest hears
A ROYAL military police officer who hanged herself two years after alleging she had been raped by two soldiers showed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, an inquest heard.
Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement was found hanged from a fire escape at Kiwi Barracks in Bulford on October 9, 2011.
She moved to Bulford in March 2010 after she reported being raped by two soldiers while she was based in Germany in November 2009.
The inquest at Salisbury Coroners Court, which began on February 3, has heard medical evidence from those who were involved in Cpl Ellement’s medical care, including nurse Angela McHale, Dr Jennifer Calder Smith and Warrant Officer Simon Field.
The court has also heard evidence from expert witnesses Professor Robert Poole and Dr Sarah Majid, who gave differing views on the healthcare Cpl Ellement received. Prof Poole told the court the care given by Warrant Officer Field was “exemplary”.
Ms McHale said it was of a “good standard” and the care was described as “appropriate and assertive” by Dr Calder Smith.
Dr Sarah Majid said on Monday that while Cpl Ellement received good care over all, she felt more could have been done to explore the possibility that she was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder following the alleged rape. She said Cpl Ellement’s treatment should have been “stepped up” in the weeks before her death and that psychological treatment and antidepressants should have been discussed more fully with her then.
Dr Majid said the alleged incident remained “unfully processed and unfully resolved”, which “led to her sensitivity”. The inquest has also heard from friends of Cpl Ellement who described her “shaking and crying” when speaking about the alleged rape. One friend said it was “like she had never had anyone to talk the whole thing through with”.
The coroner is expected to give his conclusions on Monday.
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