Chaps. I've been away for a few days (work for a living) and this case is STILL dragging on. I bring you the latest gripping details: Soldier 'took overdose as life fell apart over her affair with major' A female soldier who was allegedly "harassed" into a sexual relationship by a major tried to commit suicide as her life fell apart, an employment tribunal heard yesterday. WO2 Angela McConnell, 41, told the Southampton tribunal that her suicide attempt followed "a terrible row" with her husband. George McConnell, who had discovered her relationship with the major by bugging her car, told her: "I can't stand you. I want you out of my life. I am getting a divorce." He then took their two children and left. "I decided to kill myself," she said. "I had been feeling suicidal for some time. I filled the bath. I was sobbing hysterically. I sat in the bath drinking wine and took seven or eight pills. They tranquillised me. Thinking of the children stopped me taking any more." The major, an officer in the King's Royal Hussars, told an industrial tribunal that he did not think he was aware of the suicide attempt. The following day, WO McConnell telephoned the major, who was working in London. "I woke up wishing I was dead," she told the tribunal. "I felt awful." He told her that he was coming down to Salisbury Plain to see her. She said they could not meet but he persisted. WO McConnell, from West Lulworth, Dorset, picked him up from Salisbury station. He then drove out into the country before reversing into a woodland track. When she asked him what he was doing he told her he just wanted to hold her, but almost immediately climbed over to the passenger side of the car. WO2 McConnell said: "Oh, no, please, I don't want to do this." But the major replied: "I just want you." The major "was so persistent and I felt so ill that I could not resist any more", WO McConnell told the tribunal. "I thought, 'This is awful. Why did he come all this way just to have sex with me?'." John Mackenzie, counsel for WO McConnell, put it to the major that she had repeatedly said no to his attempts to have sex at this time. "Did she tell you she had made a suicide attempt the night before?" Mr Mackenzie asked the major. He replied: "I don't think so." Mr Mackenzie asked: "The last thing she wanted to do was have sex with you, wasn't it?" The major replied: "You would have to ask her that." The tribunal also heard how the major sent a female private attached to the King's Royal Hussars a number of text messages culminating in one that asked her to come to his cottage for a drink. The Army strictly forbids sexual relationships between commissioned officers and other ranks, ranging from private to warrant officer. Chantelle Edwards, now a lance-corporal, told the tribunal that she was 21 at the time and the major "seemed more friendly than some of the other officers". When she was sent away on a course, he texted her several times asking how she was getting on, although she had never given him her number. She thought at first that he was just being friendly but then "he sent what I felt was a flirty message asking me round to his cottage for a drink". L/Cpl Edwards said she was "shocked" to receive such an invitation from an officer and "apprehensive" over what might happen if she rebuffed his attentions. After consulting her boyfriend, she told the major she was not interested in meeting and did not want him to text her again. She did not hear from him again. The major admitted "lying intensively" during the investigation into his relationship with WO McConnell and making a number of claims about relationships between her and other soldiers to army investigators. But they "found no evidence" to back up the allegations, he said. He also admitted twice lying to a 1994 SIB investigation into a pornographic video sent to him by a female staff-sergeant with whom he is also alleged to have had sexual relations. Two witnesses to the tribunal said they had seen WO McConnell flirting with and kissing the Regimental Sergeant-Major WO1 Chris Sym, who was not married, in the sergeants' mess. The hearing continues.