3 February 2014|
Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement inquest: Officer 'bullied'
A Royal Military Police officer who alleged she was raped by two servicemen said other female soldiers then started to bully her, an inquest heard.
Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, from Bournemouth, was found dead at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire in October 2011.
An inquest in March 2012 recorded a verdict of suicide, but last year the High Court ordered a new inquest.
Cpl Ellement's sister Sharon Hardy told the inquest Anne-Marie had been left "absolutely traumatised" by the rape.
The inquest in Salisbury heard Cpl Ellement was found hanging in her barracks two years after alleging she had been raped by two soldiers.
'Banging on door'
Mrs Hardy said one female soldier supplied a statement to investigators supporting Cpl Ellement's allegations but changed it after befriending the girlfriend of one of the soldiers she was accusing of rape.
"The girls were running up and down the corridor screaming 'there's the girl that cried rape', banging on her door," Mrs Hardy added.
She said her sister was "devastated" by the decision by military investigators not to prosecute the two soldiers.
Mrs Hardy, a married mother-of-four from Christchurch, Dorset, said her sister rang her from Germany to tell her of the allegation in November 2009, while Cpl Ellement was posted in Germany.
"She was absolutely traumatised," the 44-year-old said.
Cpl Ellement returned to the UK on compassionate leave and spent Christmas with her sister and her family.