A particularly fascinating piece of evidence aired at the Hutton Inquiry but not receiving a lot of attention subsequently concerns the bloodstain on the right hand knee of Dr Kelly's jeans. This is what various witnesses said about it:
PC Sawyer examined by Mr Knox
Q. What about on his face, were there any marks or stains on his clothes?
A. His jeans -- he was wearing jeans, they were pulled up slightly, exposing the lower half of his leg or his ankle. It looked as if he had slid down and his trousers had ridden up. I believe on the right-hand knee there was a patch of what I took to be blood, but I do not know what it was, but it had the appearance of blood.
Q. Did he still have his jacket on?
Q. Were there any marks on the jacket, as far as you could see?
A. No, only the blood from his wrist.
Any other blood on the clothing must have been inconsequential I would think from that description. It must be remembered too that PC Sawyer took a number of photographs with his digital camera and that might have given him extra cause to notice any further bloodstaining.
Paramedic Vanessa Hunt examined by Mr Dingemans
Q. And is there anything else that you know of about the circumstances of Dr Kelly's death that you can assist his Lordship with?
A. Only that the amount of blood that was around the scene seemed relatively minimal and there was a small patch on his right knee, but no obvious arterial bleeding. There was no spraying of blood or huge blood loss or any obvious loss on the clothing.
This is close to what PC Sawyer is saying, Ms Hunt though qualifies the patch of blood by calling it 'small'.
Ambulance Technician Dave Bartlett examined by Mr Knox
Q. And were there any stains on the clothes?
A. Not that I could see apart from on the deceased's right knee, there was a bloodstain about 25 mm across.
Q. When you say on the right knee, you mean on the trousers?
A. Yes, on the right knee of the trousers.
Roy Green, forensic biologist, examined by Mr Dingemans
Q. Did you make any other relevant discoveries while you were looking around the area?
A. There was an obvious large contact bloodstain on the knee of the jeans.
Q. What do you mean by a "contact bloodstain"?
A. A contact stain is what you will observe if an item has come into contact with a bloodstained surface, as opposed to blood spots and splashes when blood splashes on to an item.
Q. Which means at some stage his left wrist must have been in contact with his trousers?
A. No, what I am saying, at some stage he has knelt -- I believe he has knelt in a pool of blood at some stage and this obviously is after he has been injured.
I'm critical of Mr Green here. I've covered this part of his evidence before: http://drkellysdeath-suicideormurder.blogspot.com/2011/01/mr-green-little-evidence-he-gave-at.html I will just reiterate a point from that earlier post, by saying that the contact stain was large my impression would be of blood covering the right knee cap of the trousers. Why didn't he give some sort of measurement? Thank goodness for the ambulance crew on this.
As the "expert" on blood splashing etc Mr Green might be expected to proffer an explanation as to how this contact bloodstain originated. In reality what he is saying is speculative and he is relying in my opinion on the "official" explanation as to how Dr Kelly came by his demise. Mr Green should have qualified his evidence at this point - it is not for him to assume that Dr Kelly committed suicide at Harrowdown Hill! I don't regard him as a competent witness.
Dr Hunt, forensic pathologist, examined by Mr Knox
Q. What about the bloodstains on the clothes, did you notice any of them?
A. Yes, there were a number of areas of bloodstaining on the clothes, including over the front of the shirt, over the Barbour jacket itself, including in the sleeve of the Barbour jacket on the left.
Q. And what about around the trousers or the legs?
A. Yes, there was some bloodstaining over the trousers; and, in particular, there was a patch of bloodstaining over the right knee.
It will be noticed that Dr Hunt also fails to give any sort of measurement of the bloodstain on the knee of the jeans. He also fails to indicate that it is a contact bloodstain. In his now published report, which ought to be more definitive, again no measurement just 'a heavier patch of bloodstaining over the right knee area' where he describes "Bloodstaining and contamination on clothing". He also mentions 'Also in this area was greenish material' Was the greenish material sampled and tested by Mr Green or Dr Hickey? If not, why not. Also in the "clothing" part of his report we learn that 'there was a patch of light bloodstaining over the inner aspect of the right knee'.
When the ambulance crew were interviewed in "The Observer" of 12 December 2004 this is one of Vanessa Hunt's comments:
'There was no gaping wound... there wasn't a puddle of blood around. There was a little bit of blood on the nettles to the left of his left arm. But there was no real blood on the body of the shirt. The only other bit of blood I saw was on his clothing. It was the size of a 50p piece above the right knee on his trousers.'
It can be seen that this bears out what Dave Bartlett said at the Inquiry regarding the size of the bloodstain. I've said it before but it's worth repeating; the ambulance crew proved themselves to be very competent and professional witnesses. It seems to me that Mr Green and Dr Hunt left a lot to be desired regarding their testimonies.
One other point from that quote by Vanessa Hunt. She is even more specific - she says it was above the right knee of the trousers. Although the pathologist's report was deficient we must give Dr Hunt his due in recording that the right leg of the jeans was pulled up to just above the ankle. Therefore it is possible that with the trousers hanging normally the bloodstain would have been over the kneecap area. If Dr Kelly had been kneeling in a pool of blood I would have expected that the bloodstain would show up just below the knee. Did Mr Green really perform a critical analysis on the origin of this blood? I suspect that he didn't.
Now I can't suggest how this contact bloodstain happened. But if Dr David Kelly was murdered and his body then brought to Harrowdown Hill it would open the way for all sorts of scenarios that weren't considered by the Inquiry as to its origin. And it was never confirmed that it actually was blood or that it came from Dr Kelly. The same comment applies to all of the "blood" at the scene.