Friday June 3, 2016, the parents of soldier Cheryl James have received a coroner's verdict that their daughter killed herself.
They say they are "deeply saddened" by that verdict.
Her father Des James told waiting journalists "We are deeply saddened by the coroner's conclusions, having sat through all of the evidence ourselves, listened carefully to every word, read every statement and re-read every testimony. In short, it's our opinion that it did not lead to this verdict."
"Deepcut was a toxic and horrible environment for a young woman and we have no doubt that this would have had a terrible impact on those that were required to live there."
According to BBC News "The coroner said Pte James had a "preoccupation with death" and would sometimes talk to her friends about what guests she would want at her funeral. He said she was disillusioned with the army and had a troubled adolescence, which included taking an overdose."
Reports however accept there was a sexualised, bullying culture at Deepcut in the 90's.
The coroner's court accepted that Ms James was failed by senior officers at Deepcut.
In 1995 British army recruit Pte Cheryl James, 18 and from Llangollen, Denbighshire, was found dead at Deepcut barracks in Surrey. An inquest that only lasted an hour was held before her parents arrived at the base and concluded an open verdict pointing to suicide.
She had a gunshot wound to the head; vital evidence such as fragments of the bullet and her clothing went missing.
Her father, Des James, has fought for justice for Cheryl.
In 2015 the High Court quashed the original inquest's verdict and announced a new one would be held February 2016. In September 2015 the body of Cheryl James was exhumed and metallic fragments recovered. The exhumation was necessary as the ballistic report was disputed.
There were claims that Cheryl may have been sexually abused or even raped before she died.
With a new full inquest imminent at a pre-inquest hearing earlier this year a lawyer acting on behalf of Cheryl's family said she had new evidence supporting the rape claim.
In January the Guardian reported:
Alison Foster QC told the hearing at Woking coroner’s court she had material suggesting James “may have been sexually coerced or raped the night before, or before the time of her death”.
Deepcut army base was under the spotlight some years ago after the death of four young recruits and claims of a culture of abuse and bullying; the four deaths happened between 1995 and 2002 and all died from gunshot wounds.
Cheryl's father said on TV news earlier this year that he handed over the care of his beloved daughter to the British Army when she joined the military and they failed her.
Deepcut local police's request that the inquest into the death of Cheryl James was heard alongside new inquests into the deaths of the other three victims, Privates Sean Benton, Geoff Gray and James Collinson, was turned down in May 2015.
In May 2015 BBC News reported James' "parents won the right to a new inquest in 2014 after an open verdict was recorded at the previous hearing. Des James said: "After a two-decade battle, we're finally close to gaining justice for Cheryl. "But it's a sad irony that our new government is now intent on axing the Human Rights Act, without which we could never have got this far. "Each of the young people who died at Deepcut deserves the dignity of their death being individually investigated."
Today June 3, 2016, for Mr and Mrs James the quest for justice ends, or does it?
They have vowed to fight on.
[Original post February 1, 2016]