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Hanged soldier inquest adjourned
THE emergence of new evidence has delayed a coroner’s ruling on the death of a royal military police officer who had accused two soldiers of rape and reported being bullied by colleagues.
Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement was found hanged at her barracks in Bulford on October 9, 2011.
An inquest into her death, which began at Salisbury Coroners Court on February 3, was expected to finish today.
But new evidence came to light over the weekend which has raised fresh questions for Cpl Ellement’s family.
Nicholas Moss, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, said two discs had been discovered including 1,000 files.
The evidence includes an inventory listing three mobile phones and a diary found in Cpl Ellement’s room after her death, which her family say were never passed to them.
Lawyers for Cpl Ellement’s family said they have been left “devastated and upset” at the revelation and they accused the military police of a gross breach of guidelines on evidence disclosure.
But the MoD said there was no deliberate attempt to conceal documents.
Cpl Ellement moved to Bulford in March 2010 after reporting she was raped by two soldiers while she was stationed in Germany in November 2009. The three-week inquest has heard evidence that Cpl Ellement felt bullied by colleagues and overworked.
The inquest is the second to be held after Cpl Ellement’s family won a judicial review to hear all the evidence with the help of campaign group Liberty.
Coroner Nicholas Rheinburg said it was important to track down the new evidence and he adjourned the inquest until March 3, when he hopes to make his conclusions.