Soldier in Prince Harry’s regiment was repeatedly passed over for promotion and ‘bullied’ in the months before he hanged himself in barracks, 审讯听到
A soldier in 哈里王子‘s former regiment had been repeatedly passed over for promotion and felt he had been bullied in the months before he hanged himself, a coroner heard today.
Lance Corporal Joel Robinson served with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, also known as the Blues and Royals, based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, 伯克郡.
He was found hanging in the barracks on March 25, 2019.
今天, a coroner heard that the 24-year-old felt he had been repeatedly left behind by the army, despite glowing reports suggesting he should be promoted.
LCpl Joel Robinson had joined the army straight from school in 2010
他的母亲, Angela Robinson, told Senior Berkshire Coroner Heidi Connor, that LCpl Robinson felt he was being bullied while on a posting in Germany.
The coroner said the young man’s cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging
Her barrister, Adam Payter, told the coroner: ‘In messages, he described a number of occasions from 2017 onwards that his boss, LCpl Joyce, was ‘literally bullying’ him and that he would ‘fly off the handle at him’ and threaten him.
‘He made references to “surviving” this process.’
The hearing in Reading, 伯克郡, was told that despite glowing reports which said LCpl Robinson was ‘graded fifth in his squadron overall’ and that he was ‘often seen and judged as if he was a Corporal’, he was never promoted.
The inquest was told he eventually decided to file a service complaint to the regiment about what he felt was bullying that targeted him.
然而, he was worried this could cause him to be further overlooked.
His mother told the inquest: ‘Joel thought that he would have been overlooked if he went through with the service complaint.
‘He did not want to grass on his mates and he thought it would be badly looked upon by his peers. There was one thing that Joel wanted and that was to be promoted.
‘He felt his self-esteem was low when people got promoted over him when he should have been promoted. He felt he was being overlooked because of the service complaint.’
询问, expected to last three days, heard that the young man had repeatedly drafted the service complaint but he felt that his superiors were trying to talk him out of it and that they would not take it seriously.
Mr Payter added: ‘LCpl Robinson said there was a very definite threat that he would never be promoted if there was a service complaint made.
Lance Corporal Joel Robinson (图为) had been serving with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment based at Combermere Barracks
At the opening of his inquest in May, the coroner said the young man’s cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging
‘He felt there was no other choice but to go ahead with the complaint because no one else was listening.’
较早, the inquest heard that Lt Cpl Robinson had joined the army in 2010 straight out of school and his mother, who is herself an army veteran, thought it was a safe place for him to have a career.
Mrs Robinson, who is a retired mental health nurse, told the coroner that she believed her son had not meant to kill himself that evening, 加: ‘I don’t think that he meant to take his life that night.
Prince Harry marches for the presentation of Afghanistan war campaign medals to officers and soldiers of the Household Cavalry Regiment at Combermere Barracks on May 5, 2008
Combermere Barracks at Windsor where both LCpl Robinson and Prince Harry served
‘There were plenty of opportunities in his room to place a ligature, there were all sorts of places he could have used if he wanted to.
‘I think that he did what he did… because he wanted to be helped. He took a dog with him and that dog was noisy and had a collar that clanged.’
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