Anne-Marie Ellement death: Inquest to look again at 'suicide'
A new inquest has been ordered into the death of a military police officer found hanged after accusing two colleagues of rape.
Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, originally from Bournemouth, Dorset, was found hanged at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire on October 9 last year, with the words “I’m sorry” written in lipstick on her mirror.
An inquest in March recorded a verdict of suicide, but the High Court has ordered a fresh hearing following an application for judicial review by her sisters, their legal team at Liberty said.
No date has yet been set for the fresh inquest, said to be necessary to examine the context of her death properly.
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Emma Norton, the Liberty lawyer who is representing the family, said: “Anne-Marie had a long family tradition and devoted her life to service in the Armed Forces. They all appear to have been very badly let down.”
Corporal Ellement was branded a liar by colleagues after alleging that she was raped by two fellow Royal Military Police (RMP) soldiers while she was drunk, her sister Sharon Hardy has said. Corporal Ellement’s complaint was investigated by the RMP’s Special Investigations Branch, but prosecutors decided not to bring charges.
Mrs Hardy alleged that the RMP “failed in their duty of care” to her sister.