Windsor soldier ‘overlooked’ for promotion and ‘intimidated’ before death, investigation finds
A PRIVATE who served in Windsor was overlooked for promotion and felt he had been bullied in the months leading up to his hanging, a coroner learned today.
Lance Corporal Joel Robinson was serving with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, when he passed away on March 25, 2019.
He was confirmed dead at the scene and a case has been prepared for Berkshire Coroner Heidi Connor, who opened an inquest into the death of LCpl Robinson in Reading today (November 9).
The coroner heard that the 24-year-old felt he was constantly “overlooked” for a promotion.
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His mother, Angela Robinson, told Berkshire Chief Coroner Heidi Connor her son felt “worthless and taking him to heart” when told he would not be promoted despite glowing reports.
Joel Robinson was “ranked fifth in his entire squadron” and was “often seen and judged as if he was a corporal”, but others were promoted above him.
Ms Robinson’s attorney, Adam Payter, told the coroner: “In his messages he repeatedly described from 2017 that his boss, Lance Corporate Joyce, was literally intimidating him.”
The investigation learned that he ultimately decided to file a service complaint with the regiment about what he considered to be intimidation against him.
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During the hearing, it was understood that LCpl Robinson repeatedly drew up service complaints about how elders bully him, but was dissuaded from doing so.
Mr Payter said: “There was a very clear threat that he would never be promoted if there was a service complaint filed. He felt there was no choice but to go ahead with the complaint because no one else was listening. ”
The investigation learned how Robinson joined the military in 2010 and his mother thought it was a good place for him to build a career.
Angela Robinson, who is a retired mental health nurse, examined her room after her death and saw plenty of opportunities in her room to place a ligature.
Adding: “I don’t think he intended to kill himself that night. I think he did what he did in that public place because he wanted to be helped.”
The investigation is continuing.