|Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement (pictured left and right, at her passing out parade)|
Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, a woman corporal was found almost naked and crying in an Army barracks corridor on the night she alleged she was raped by two of her male colleagues, a court martial has heard. Cpl Ellement, 30, hanged herself two years after the alleged attack, said to have happened after several service personnel spent the evening drinking together in their mess. Thomas Fulton and Jeremy Jones, both 28, are accused of raping Cpl Ellement in the early hours of November 20, 2009 while she was serving with the Royal Military Police in Germany. Bulford Court Martial Centre in Wiltshire heard the soldiers, who have since left the Army, admit that sexual activity took place. But they insist Cpl Ellement fully consented to what happened.
Prosecuting, Sarah Whitehouse QC, told the court: 'In the early hours of the morning of November 20, 2009, a young woman was found in a corridor in the Army quarters where she lived at the time. 'This young woman was entirely naked apart from a long cardigan that she was carrying. 'She appeared to be extremely drunk. She was struggling to keep her balance. Her feet were muddy and she was crying. 'This young woman was Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.'
Cpl Ellement, aged 28 at the time, had a disagreement with a colleague at work the night before the alleged incident and drank two bottles of beer before heading to the mess, the court martial heard. Fulton - the boyfriend of Cpl Ellement's friend, Cpl Sarah Noteyoung - and Jones were at the bar along with two others when she arrived there at about 10pm.
'There's no doubt that over the next hour or two hours Miss Ellement drank a great deal, as did Mr Fulton and Mr Jones,' Ms Whitehouse said. 'At some stage during the evening Miss Ellement drank a Red Bull cocktail. It was undoubtedly a very potent mix.'
|Cpl Ellement pictured here with her mother|
It is unclear whether Cpl Ellement or Jones poured the drink, which contained four to five shots of vodka, one to two shots of brightly coloured spirits and Red Bull, the court heard. Witnesses described flirting and kissing between Cpl Ellement, Fulton and Jones. Fulton and Jones were heard discussing a threesome, which Fulton later suggested to Cpl Ellement, it was alleged.
Cpl Ellement is said to have declined this because of Fulton's girlfriend, Cpl Noteyoung, who was attending a funeral in England at the time. She left the mess with Fulton and Jones - then headed to Jones's room at about 12.30am on November 20.
'Some things she remembers, other things she doesn't,' Ms Whitehouse said. 'She remembers Thomas Fulton having sex with her and she found it painful. She remembers Jeremy Jones grabbing her breast.'
Jones later said the three had all undressed in his room and both he and Fulton had consensual sex with Cpl Ellement, the court heard. He described them all as 'giggling and being silly' throughout. Cpl Ellement, in her video interview, had no recollection of sex with Jones.
Ms Whitehouse described how a shakey and 'very confused' Cpl Ellement was discovered in her corridor by colleague Cpl Charlene Pritchard at 1.37am that morning.
|Thomas Fulton (left) and Jeremy Jones (right), both 28, are accused of raping Cpl Ellement|
Another colleague, Cpl Kelly Broadhurst, came to help Cpl Ellement and heard her say 'I didn't want it. He tried to have sex with me'. 'She said he had sex with her and she said "stop" but he carried on for 10 minutes,' Ms Whitehouse said.
Fulton and Jones were arrested later that morning and were interviewed. Fulton declined to comment, while Jones insisted both men had consensual sex with Cpl Ellement.
Ms Whitehouse told the panel Cpl Ellement had died in 2011, adding that the 'circumstances of that sad event are not relevant' to their task.
Ex-corporals Fulton, formerly of 174 Provost Company 3 Royal Military Police, and Jones, 28, formerly of Close Protection Unit Royal Military Police Operations Wing, each deny two charges of rape. The rapes are alleged to have taken place between November 18 and 21 2009.
The trial, in front of Judge Jeff Blackett, is expected to last between two and three weeks.
Source: Daily Mail