TWO former soldiers have been acquitted of raping Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, who was found hanged in her barracks two years later.

Cpl Ellement died at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire on October 9, 2011, almost exactly two years after alleging that she was raped by two soldiers while stationed in Germany in November 2009.

Thomas Fulton and Jeremy Jones, both 28, insisted Cpl Ellement had engaged in a consensual threesome after drinking with them in the corporals' mess at the camp in Sennelager.

A seven-strong board of civil servants and senior military officers at Bulford Court Martial Centre found both Fulton and Jones not guilty of two charges of raping Cpl Ellement.

Following the verdicts, Judge Jeff Blackett told the defendants: "Thomas Fulton and Jeremy Jones: your conduct on 20 November was disgraceful.

"This is not a moral judgment and I make no comment upon sexual practices involving more than two people.

"But the way you treated Anne-Marie after your encounter was extremely unpleasant.

"After engaging in sex you effectively discarded her while you decided to go off to town without a thought for how she might be feeling or how she might get back to her accommodation safely.

"For Mr Fulton to call her those very unpleasant names including the word 'slag' was truly dishonourable.

"You may have grown up in the seven years since this incident and I hope you will never act in such an appalling way again.

"When you look back on what happened you must feel very ashamed.

"Having said that, you are now free to go and you are to leave the courtroom now before I clear the court."