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  • 25 February 2014, 2:08

Family Anger Over Soldier Death 'Cover-Up'

The sister of a Royal Military Police officer who was found hanged says she cannot rule out a cover-up after new documents were discovered days before the second inquest into her death was due to conclude.

Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement was found at Bulford Barracks, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was stationed, on October 9, 2011.

The 30-year-old, from Bournemouth, had previously accused two fellow RMP officers of raping her in Germany in 2009.

No one has been charged with rape and the complaint remains unproven. However, a new military investigation has been launched which will be supported by civilian police.

Among the new documents was an inventory of the possessions found in Cpl Ellement's room which included a pink diary and three mobile phones. Her family say they have never seen these items.

Speaking outside the court, Cpl Ellement's sister, Khristina Swain, said: "I am so angry, so upset, after waiting all this time to get to where we are to find out we don't have all the information all the documents we actually need. I am devastated.

"I think we all have concerns really. We just want the truth that's all.

"I've lost faith, I've totally lost faith in the truth of what's being told at the moment. In my eyes it's looking, you know, I feel there could be a cover up."

Almost 1,500 new files were found on a database by Ministry of Defence investigators last week.

They deemed 29 of them to be relevant to the inquest and so notified Nicholas Rheinberg, deputy coroner for Swindon and Wiltshire, who is conducting the inquest.

The whereabouts of the phones and the diary is unknown, likewise their relevance, but one theory is that Cpl Ellement's father, who is estranged from the rest of the family, might have them.

It is also possible they have been destroyed.

Nicholas Moss, the barrister representing the MoD, said there is "no evidence of a cover up" and defence sources reiterated that it was the military not another source, that brought these files to light, albeit belatedly.

A civilian police officer has been asked to look into it.

The inquest will reconvene on Monday, March 3, and the Coroner has made it clear that he won't allow it to drift, telling the court that "there is a danger we will pursue this for ever and a day".

In the meantime the Army and the legal team representing the family, will go over the files to check nothing else has been overlooked.

The initial inquest in March 2012 found that Cpl Ellement had taken her own life but her family sought a judicial review because they were unhappy with the military police investigation.

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