Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement inquest: army apologises as coroner finds bullying and "lingering" effects of alleged rape 'factors in suicide'

Bournemouth Echo: Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement

THE Army has apologised for its failures in the case of a Bournemouth soldier who took her own life.

A coroner found the ‘lingering’ effects of an alleged rape were a factor in 30-year-old Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement’s death, along with ‘work-related despair’ and a romantic break-up.

Salisbury coroner Nicholas Rheinberg concluded that Corporal Ellement hanged herself at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire, in October 2011, two years after she alleged that two soldiers raped her while she was stationed in Germany.

Although the care given to Cpl Ellement in the aftermath of the allegation had been of ‘high quality’, the transfer of information when she returned to the UK had been ‘unforgivably bad’.

In a statement read outside court, Cpl Ellement’s sister, Sharon Hardy, from Christchurch, said the coroner had confirmed Cpl Ellement was “treated appallingly and let down by the Army”.

"She was never able to recover from the allegation of rape she made in Germany,” she added.

"She then suffered bullying by the Army and was subjected to unacceptable work practices.”

The three-week inquest heard that Cpl Ellement had been ‘devastated’ by the decision not to prosecute the alleged rapists.

Mr Rheinberg said Cpl Ellement was placed on the army’s sexual vulnerability risk assessment register but this information was not transferred when she was brought to the UK.

He said: "I find the welfare provided in Germany was good but the transfer of information unforgivably bad."

Mr Rheinberg said he believed Cpl Ellement had been bullied twice – once by the girlfriend of one of her alleged rapists in Germany and again in 2011 at Bulford, when Staff Sergreant Julian Clark made a post on Facebook deriding the quality of work he was inspecting.

Mr Rheinberg other factors in Cpl Ellement's suicide were her perception that she was over-worked and a relationship breakdown.

Following the inquest, Brigadier John Donnelly, director of personnel services for the MoD, said: "The Army deeply regrets the tragic death of Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement and although there were aspects of her care that were praised, I want to apologise to her family for the failures that the coroner has identified.

“Our priority is to study the coroner's conclusions and then identify what further steps can be taken, to help prevent a recurrence of this kind of tragedy in the future.”

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, a former army captain, said: “It’s a very tragic case and I think there are many lessons for the army to recognise.

“We pride ourselves on having one of the most professional, committed and best armed forces in the world. It’s for that reason that rare incidents such as this must be exposed to ensure they don’t happen again.”

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12:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

RMP is made up of people that could not get into the genuine police.They should be disbanded after serving for 12 years All I can remember was a bunch of wannabe coppers .relying on bullying.Traffic wardens with bulled boots.sure everything the poor girl reported was misused by some one that had been promoted to incompetence.hope her family as found closure.And laid the blame where it belongs, her fellow soldiers and and corrupt officers
RMP is made up of people that could not get into the genuine police.They should be disbanded after serving for 12 years All I can remember was a bunch of wannabe coppers .relying on bullying.Traffic wardens with bulled boots.sure everything the poor girl reported was misused by some one that had been promoted to incompetence.hope her family as found closure.And laid the blame where it belongs, her fellow soldiers and and corrupt officers kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 10

1:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Rotterdam says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
RMP is made up of people that could not get into the genuine police.They should be disbanded after serving for 12 years All I can remember was a bunch of wannabe coppers .relying on bullying.Traffic wardens with bulled boots.sure everything the poor girl reported was misused by some one that had been promoted to incompetence.hope her family as found closure.And laid the blame where it belongs, her fellow soldiers and and corrupt officers
None of whom will be charged or prosecuted. Just like Deepdale.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: RMP is made up of people that could not get into the genuine police.They should be disbanded after serving for 12 years All I can remember was a bunch of wannabe coppers .relying on bullying.Traffic wardens with bulled boots.sure everything the poor girl reported was misused by some one that had been promoted to incompetence.hope her family as found closure.And laid the blame where it belongs, her fellow soldiers and and corrupt officers[/p][/quote]None of whom will be charged or prosecuted. Just like Deepdale. Rotterdam
  • Score: 18

1:33pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

After the cover up at Deepcut and the proven bullying here there must be many, myself included, who would be concerned if their children decided to join the army.

It's disgraceful that an institution such as the army, which has much to be proud of, has allowed situations like the above to carry on under their noses.

The army has got to clear up its act, but given the continuing frustration of many years after the Deepcut deaths who is going to hold their breath?
After the cover up at Deepcut and the proven bullying here there must be many, myself included, who would be concerned if their children decided to join the army. It's disgraceful that an institution such as the army, which has much to be proud of, has allowed situations like the above to carry on under their noses. The army has got to clear up its act, but given the continuing frustration of many years after the Deepcut deaths who is going to hold their breath? Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 18

1:33pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Minxymum says...

I am pleased your family are happy with this outcome. Anne-Marie you were beautiful inside and out. I remember your kick boxing days and your sheer determination to well. RIP sweetheart.
I am pleased your family are happy with this outcome. Anne-Marie you were beautiful inside and out. I remember your kick boxing days and your sheer determination to well. RIP sweetheart. Minxymum
  • Score: 13

1:37pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Minxymum wrote:
I am pleased your family are happy with this outcome. Anne-Marie you were beautiful inside and out. I remember your kick boxing days and your sheer determination to well. RIP sweetheart.
I should not have been so thoughtless- may I echo your sentiments, though I never knew the lady.
[quote][p][bold]Minxymum[/bold] wrote: I am pleased your family are happy with this outcome. Anne-Marie you were beautiful inside and out. I remember your kick boxing days and your sheer determination to well. RIP sweetheart.[/p][/quote]I should not have been so thoughtless- may I echo your sentiments, though I never knew the lady. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 11

3:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

delta3 says...

We have failed one of our own yet again! RMP's were the biggest load of bullying hypocrites I ever had the misfortune to meet...........but I didn't think that even they would steep so low as to turn on their own.
I never knew Anne-Marie but wish her family all the best and hope they can find peace through truth......Stand Down Soldier your time is Done!
We have failed one of our own yet again! RMP's were the biggest load of bullying hypocrites I ever had the misfortune to meet...........but I didn't think that even they would steep so low as to turn on their own. I never knew Anne-Marie but wish her family all the best and hope they can find peace through truth......Stand Down Soldier your time is Done! delta3
  • Score: 9

4:08pm Mon 3 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

RIP Anne-Marie. Lets hope that something is done from this, and bring those bullying nothings to boot.

An Ex Serviceman.
RIP Anne-Marie. Lets hope that something is done from this, and bring those bullying nothings to boot. An Ex Serviceman. TheDistrict
  • Score: 12

4:33pm Mon 3 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

I am interested in why we have heard nothing about the documents that were presented by the Army at the last minute at the very closing of the Inquest hearing

I wonder what that was about - very very fishy I thought at the time
I am interested in why we have heard nothing about the documents that were presented by the Army at the last minute at the very closing of the Inquest hearing I wonder what that was about - very very fishy I thought at the time billy bumble
  • Score: 10

4:42pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

billy bumble wrote:
I am interested in why we have heard nothing about the documents that were presented by the Army at the last minute at the very closing of the Inquest hearing

I wonder what that was about - very very fishy I thought at the time
Very good point.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: I am interested in why we have heard nothing about the documents that were presented by the Army at the last minute at the very closing of the Inquest hearing I wonder what that was about - very very fishy I thought at the time[/p][/quote]Very good point. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 8

8:31pm Mon 3 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

billy bumble wrote:
I am interested in why we have heard nothing about the documents that were presented by the Army at the last minute at the very closing of the Inquest hearing

I wonder what that was about - very very fishy I thought at the time
As I was told many years ago back in the 60's ....when lodging a complaint: "You can't beat the system.".........how true, and as other posts have alluded to Deepcut, they will always cover their ars*s . God Rest Your Soul young Lady.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: I am interested in why we have heard nothing about the documents that were presented by the Army at the last minute at the very closing of the Inquest hearing I wonder what that was about - very very fishy I thought at the time[/p][/quote]As I was told many years ago back in the 60's ....when lodging a complaint: "You can't beat the system.".........how true, and as other posts have alluded to Deepcut, they will always cover their ars*s . God Rest Your Soul young Lady. O'Reilly
  • Score: 4

11:00pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Is Staff Sergeant Julian Clark still employed by the military? Posting confidential job related comments on a public forum should be grounds for dismissal.

If nothing else, he is a knob for doing that. Not a man. Is he still in the military?
Is Staff Sergeant Julian Clark still employed by the military? Posting confidential job related comments on a public forum should be grounds for dismissal. If nothing else, he is a knob for doing that. Not a man. Is he still in the military? Yankee1
  • Score: 11

9:19am Tue 4 Mar 14

rayc says...

The film The Hill starring Sean Connery depicts how the RMP behave. It appears not much has changed since then. Staff Sergeant Julian Clark is a bully and I cannot understand how posting on facebook regarding military matters is not an offence.
If Tobias Ellwood believes that bullying in the Services is a rare incident then he never served in the same Army that I did.
The film The Hill [1965] starring Sean Connery depicts how the RMP behave. It appears not much has changed since then. Staff Sergeant Julian Clark is a bully and I cannot understand how posting on facebook regarding military matters is not an offence. If Tobias Ellwood believes that bullying in the Services is a rare incident then he never served in the same Army that I did. rayc
  • Score: 8

10:38am Tue 4 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Whenever these cases are bought into the public domain we hear the same old rhetoric, "We will learn lessons from this case",.
The only way to make sure lessons are learned is to prosecute any of the people involved who may have had any contribution towards this poor girls death.
My thoughts are with the family & friends of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.
Whenever these cases are bought into the public domain we hear the same old rhetoric, "We will learn lessons from this case",. The only way to make sure lessons are learned is to prosecute any of the people involved who may have had any contribution towards this poor girls death. My thoughts are with the family & friends of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. Hessenford
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Tue 4 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

A message to all serving military personnel .go to the Police of the nation that you are serving in.The RMP are there as traffic wardens.And have no experience of serious,crime .They have no credibility or respect from the armed forces and even less from police federation .It will have absolutely no Impact on the real Army if this bunch of phseudo copper get swollowed up into infantry units.this was the last straw.
A message to all serving military personnel .go to the Police of the nation that you are serving in.The RMP are there as traffic wardens.And have no experience of serious,crime .They have no credibility or respect from the armed forces and even less from police federation .It will have absolutely no Impact on the real Army if this bunch of phseudo copper get swollowed up into infantry units.this was the last straw. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

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