Inquest into death of Bournemouth soldier due to recommence today after shock delay (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Inquest into death of Bournemouth soldier due to recommence today after shock delay
THE inquest into the death of a Royal Military Police officer who was found hanged in her barracks is set to reconvene today.
Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, from Bournemouth, was found dead at her military base in Wiltshire on October 9, 2011.
She alleged she had been raped by two soldiers in November 2009 while posted in Germany and had been left ‘devastated’ by the decision not to prosecute, the inquest in Salisbury heard.
However, the hearing was dramatically adjourned a week ago after new documents came to light over the preceding weekend.
Wiltshire deputy coroner Nicholas Rheinberg had been expected to deliver his conclusion into Cpl Ellement’s death last Monday.
The decision to adjourn the hearing for a week left Cpl Ellement’s family ‘angry and upset’ and the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) legal team scrambling to deny a cover-up had taken place.
The hearing was postponed after the court heard an inventory listing items, including three mobile phones and a pink diary found in Cpl Ellement’s room, had been discovered by the MoD.
Now more than 1,400 files – including 29 deemed by the MOD as relevant to the inquest – have been disclosed to the family. Kirsten Heaven, who represents Cpl Ellement’s two sisters, told the inquest: “The family are devastated and upset this disclosure has come so late in the day.”
During the inquest, Cpl Ellement’s family alleged she had felt bullied by colleagues.
The MoD insists there was no deliberate attempt to conceal documents.
In 2012, a previous inquest recorded that Cpl Ellement took her own life, but last August the High Court ordered a fresh hearing in the case.
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