A little while back Lancashire Lad had spotted what appeared to be an anomaly, something causing concern, and he made a comment about it on one of my blogposts. In a nutshell LL flagged up that Dr Hunt's evidence included mention of a Barbour cap with blood on it and lying near Dr Kelly's body. This was not included in the list of exhibits that formed part of Dr Hunt's report of the 25th July. However what was included in the list was "NCH/17/5 Flat cap from game pocket", although this second cap didn't feature in Dr Hunt's testimony. Some speculation has arisen about all this, particularly the apparent failure to include the "blooded cap" in the Exhibits List. It would seem from what I have been able to deduce that the reason for the anomaly is very mundane!
I have been trawling through Dr Hunt's Exhibit List in his report and then the penny dropped as they say. It wasn't just the Barbour cap that was missing from the list but the knife, wristwatch and Evian water bottle! However the articles in the Barbour jacket pockets had been included. Whether this would be standard practice I don't know but here there appears to be a demarcation line: any exhibits relating to Dr Kelly's body and anything that he was wearing at the time of the examination (including any pocket contents) would rightly come under Dr Hunt's exhibits. Other objects close to the body even if only inches away would be the province of the SOCOs so far as their numbering was concerned.
This is not to say of course that Dr Hunt didn't look at the knife, wristwatch, water bottle and Barbour cap although he seems to have paid remarkably little attention to them. And again he is at fault in not recording the presence of the cap in the game pocket in his main body of evidence; he did of course describe the contents in the bellows pocket - the mobile phone, spectacles, key fob and blister packs. He was perhaps so excited by the presence of the blister packs that he forgot to record the game cap information at that time! Did he overlook any other pockets in the Barbour jacket?