Colleagues deny bullying soldier who hanged herself

Salisbury Journal: Anne-Marie Ellement Anne-Marie Ellement

THE colleagues of a Royal Military Police officer found dead at her barracks in Bulford after allegedly being raped by two servicemen two years earlier have denied bullying her.

Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, was found hanged at Kiwi Barracks in October 2011.

An inquest into the death being held at Salisbury Coroners Court, heard Cpl Ellement reported she was raped by two colleagues, known as soldiers A and B, while she was based in Germany in 2009.

The girlfriend of soldier A, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied vowing to “make Cpl Ellement’s life hell” or “orchestrating a campaign of bullying”.

The woman first heard about the allegation while in England at the funeral of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. When she returned to Germany a few days later she was told by soldier A that he did have sex with Cpl Ellement, but that it was consensual, and she told the inquest she believed him.

She said she still believed soldier A, who she is no longer in a relationship with, and soldier B were innocent as she “did not think they were capable of rape”.

The woman and another female colleague denied bullying Cpl Ellement, or pointing her out as ‘the girl who cried rape’, in Germany or in Bulford, where she was posted in January 2010.

Cpl Ellement’s sister Sharon Hardy told the hearing she saw moving to Bulford as “the start of a new life” but she began to complain about her workload, sometimes having to work 80 to 90 hours a week, and was finding it difficult to meet deadlines.

She said she was often called in on rest days and when she was signed off with stress, and felt she was being picked on by senior officers.

An inquest in March 2012 concluded Cpl Ellement took her own life. But last August the High Court ordered a fresh hearing, which is expected to last three weeks.

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