Sergeant major, 35, who served in Afghanistan killed himself after being accused of sexual assault

Mail Online | 5/24/2019 | Luke Andrews For Mailonline
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A decorated army veteran whose tour of Afghanistan damaged his mental health killed himself after being accused of sexual assault, an inquest has heard.

Sgt Major Bill Bielby, 35, of First Rifles and father of two, was found dead in his flat at Beachley Barracks near Chepstow, Wales, just twelve days after he was arrested by Wiltshire police.

Army - Recommendations - Care - Support - Place

The British Army is acting on 25 recommendations to change its care and support to place officers on the suicide vulnerability register following the sergeant's death, which are due to be implemented by 2021.

Sgt Bielby was discovered by his partner, Fiona Stewart, with a suicide note and five letters to relatives laid out on his bedside table alongside his medals and watches.

Melksham - October - Woman - Allegations - Interview

He was arrested in Melksham in October 2017 after a woman made allegations he had sexually assaulted her in a single interview.

Released on bail, the army veteran was not allowed to enter Wiltshire except for legal appointments, which barred him from seeing his two children.

Conclusion - Suicide - Gloucestershire - Coroner - Katy

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Gloucestershire Coroner Katy Skerrett said he took the action due to fears he wouldn't be able to see his children and of losing his army career.

Summarising his last message, Coroner Katy Skerrett said he felt he 'had to give up everything' and that it felt like his life in the Army was 'being taken away from him'.

Estonia - Partner - Way - Children - Parents

'But he was working hard in Estonia, he was happy, he had a new partner and he was on his way to his children's parents evening in October when he was pulled up by the police.

'He felt humiliated and scared.

Refers - Children

'He refers to ongoing anguish about that. He says he had been seeing the children regularly but is now not allowed to see them.

'He sounds incredibly despairing about this new turn of events. His suicide was...
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