- Two senior soldiers investigate the death of Officer Cadet Olivia Perks, 21
- Perks took his own life at Sandhurst Military Academy in Berkshire in February 2019
- She was known to be at risk of suicide before having a relationship with an old coach
- All intimate and physical conduct is strictly prohibited in the world renowned academy
- For confidential assistance call Samaritans on 116123 or visit a Samaritan branch
It is alleged that an instructor at the Sandhurst Military Academy had an affair with a female officer cadet before being hanged in her room.
Two senior soldiers have been investigated by Army commanders and designated as the ‘interested side’ before an investigation into the death of Officer Cadet Olivia Perks, mail can reveal.
The 21-year-old was known to be at suicide risk before male trainers, both much older than him, violating Sandhurst rules banning personal relationships with officer cadets.
For staff at the world-renowned academy – attended by Princes William and Harry – it is forbidden to engage in any intimate or physical conduct with the trainees.
Yet a few days before Miss Perks kills herself, a color sergeant invites her to his bedroom after a drink.
He spent the night there, triggering a chain of events that led to his death.
A staff sergeant is also accused of having an affair with Miss Perks.
Officer Cadet Olivia Perks, 21 (pictured) took her own life at Sandhurst Military Academy in Berkshire in February 2019 after ‘an affair with an older male instructor’.
It is forbidden for employees of the world-renowned Sandhurst Academy (pictured above) to engage in any intimate or physical conduct with trainees
According to sources, he admitted to kissing her, but evidence has emerged that their relationship was more serious.
The mail may reveal that the color sergeant was demoted and removed from Sandhurst. The employee sergeant may also face disciplinary action.
The shocking circumstances behind Miss Perks’ death – which is believed to be the only suicide by a female officer cadet in Sandhurst history – are in an Army report to be released this year.
It would be found that the conduct of the trainers violated the ‘Values and Standards’ of the Army and that the welfare provisions for Miss Perks were inadequate.
At the time of her death, she was on Sandhurst’s ‘Suicide Vulnerability Risk Matrix’. It is to be examined in May next year.
Miss Perks from Kingswinford, West Midlands took her own life in February 2019. That morning, he should have been on the range, honing his weapons prowess.
He refuses, telling friends that he had a meeting with his company Sergeant Major, Richard Pask.
Mail is told that no meeting took place and CSM Pask finds him in his room. Suicide notes have also been found.
At the time, the Sandhurst commander was investigating how Miss Perks had spent the night with a colored sergeant after a formal dinner a few days earlier.
In a serious breach of the rules, he had invited her to his bedroom at the sergeant’s mess. Miss Perks, whose erratic behavior on social occasions was known to Sandhurst employees, accepted his invitation.
Princess William and Harry both attended the world-renowned Sandhurst Military Academy
He and the color sergeant both insisted that nothing inappropriate had happened and that they both remained fully clothed.
Miss Perks left her room the next morning in her ball gown. He had to pass through the parade squad where his colleagues had gathered.
A Sandhurst source said: ‘Everyone else stood at attention and Olivia was crossing the parade ground in front of her fellow cadets and instructors. He later told people how terrible it was.
‘The trainers demanded to know where she was. Senior soldiers went to his room. Apparently, he was still sleeping in a chair wearing his formal dress.
‘She was really scared of what would happen to her and thought it was her fault.
‘Olivia was in trouble to miss the parade but the commander was more annoyed than the colored sergeant.
‘It was very stressful, especially because she was convinced she was going to be fired from Sandhurst, which was not the case.’
The incident soon reached a staff sergeant, who is said to have challenged Miss Perks about it.
The Mail is told that Staff Sergeant was close to Miss Perks and admitted to kissing her on several occasions.
There is also evidence that the two spent the weekend together.
A Berkshire coroner designated both trainers as “interested parties” prior to questioning.
Senior officials may have been asked by Miss Perks’ legal representatives why she was not monitored more closely, given that she was considered to be at serious risk of self-harm.
According to sources, senior officials may fail to follow the official guidelines for monitoring those who are most likely to commit suicide.
The Defense Ministry confirmed last night that the Service Prosecuting Authority was considering charges against employees of Sandhurst for failing to fulfill their duties to protect Miss Perks.
The 21-year-old was added to the Suicide Matrix after his behavior on trips to Normandy and the Royal Engineers Base.
A source said: ‘Unfortunately, Olivia was just a fortnight away from completing her course. She succeeded against the odds.’
Miss Perks’ family declined to comment last night.
An army spokesman said: ‘A Royal Military Police investigation has been concluded and the matter has been referred to the Service Prosecution Authority. It would not be appropriate to comment further.
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