Human Rights Act delivers new inquest into soldier’s death

08 August 2012

Today Liberty revealed that the High Court has ordered a fresh inquest into the death of Anne Marie Ellement – a military police officer found hanged in her barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, three days after her 30th birthday last year. She said she had been ostracised and bullied following her accusation that two comrades had raped her.

An application for judicial review of the original inquest was issued by Anne-Marie Ellement’s sisters, who are represented by Liberty. Relying on Article 2, the right to life, Liberty argued that a fresh, fuller inquest was necessary to examine the context of her death properly. The trauma of Anne Marie’s rape allegation left her suffering with depression and there are concerns that she received little or no support from the Army. She also complained of bullying by colleagues and overwork. The family were not represented at the original inquest and the inquiry failed to examine all the circumstances surrounding her death.

Emma Norton Liberty’s lawyer who is representing the family, said:

"Anne Marie had a long family tradition and devoted her life to service in the armed forces. They all appear to have been very badly let down.

Whether a soldier or a civilian, your human rights must be protected and upheld. Liberty hopes that the new inquest will finally uncover what happened to Anne Marie – she deserves justice and her family deserves answers.”

Liberty has also invited the Secretary of State to re-investigate the original allegation of rape, which Anne Marie’s sisters say appears to have been fundamentally compromised by poor practice and a lack of independence. The Minister has been in correspondence with Liberty and has assured the family that he is giving consideration to their request.

Contact: Liberty’s press office on 020 7378 3656 or 07973 831 128