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Ellement inquest verdict expected

A coroner is today expected to deliver his conclusion into the death of a Royal Military Police officer found hanging in her barracks after accusing colleagues of rape.

Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, was found at Bulford Barracks near Salisbury in Wiltshire on October 9, 2011.

Corporal Ellement, originally from Bournemouth in Dorset, alleged she had been raped by two soldiers in November 2009, while she was posted in Germany.

An inquest in Salisbury heard Corporal Ellement had been left "absolutely devastated" by the decision by military investigators not to prosecute the soldiers.

Nicholas Rheinberg, deputy coroner for Swindon and Wiltshire, is expected to deliver his conclusion into Corporal Ellement's death, following the three-week inquest.

A previous inquest in March 2012 recorded a conclusion that Corporal Ellement took her own life.

But last August, the High Court ordered a fresh hearing, which began in Salisbury on February 3.

During the inquest, Corporal Ellement's family claimed she had felt bullied by colleagues and without support in the Army.

Her sister, Sharon Hardy, 44, a married mother-of-four from Christchurch, Dorset, told the inquest: "When she died, my immediate thoughts were the Army, the rape, the bullying and the overwork."


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