The title of the email to the Attorney General was:
David Kelly - The inability of Dr. Kelly to sharpen the knife
The text of the email was:
This email is intended for the attention of the Attorney General in connection with a possible application to the High Court to seek an Order that an inquest be held into the death of Dr. David Kelly.
In this communication I seek to draw to the attention of the Attorney General what I consider to be "new evidence" in the meaning of Section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988.
In addition, I consider the inquiry made into this matter by Lord Hutton and James Dingemans QC to be insufficient (actually it was non-existent) thereby constituting "insufficiency of inquiry" in the meaning of Section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988.
The Attorney General is already aware of serious concerns regarding the possibility that the knife found at Harrowdown Hill was incapable of being used in the applicable circumstances to inflict the wounds described by Dr. Nicholas Hunt in his postmortem report of 25th July 2003.
I set out illustrative technical concerns on that matter in my communication to the Attorney General of 12th April 2011 entitled "David Kelly - Important Technical Questions about the knife, wounds etc".
The text of that communication is available online at http://chilcotscheatingus.blogspot.com/2011/04/death-of-dr-david-kelly-important.html .
One of those concerns was whether, in principle, it was possible or not to sharpen a knife with a curved blade to the extent that it was capable, in the applicable circumstances, of incising human skin and tissue to cause the described wounds.
However, at that time I was unaware of a statement by Mai Pederson, a close friend of David Kelly's, that Dr. Kelly could not sharpen the knife he used to carry because of the disability of his right arm caused by an old fracture of the right elbow.
Ms. Pederson's statement about David Kelly's inability to sharpen the knife is as follows:
He always wore a Barbour jacket and he kept a knife in his pocket. It had a folding blade and I remember him telling me he couldn’t sharpen it because his right hand didn’t have the strength to hold a sharpener.
Ms. Pederson is quoted as making the above statement here:
Clearly, this further calls into question the sharpness of the knife found at Harrowdown Hill.
According to the Hutton Inquiry narrative the knife found at Harrrowdown Hill was of the order of 40 or 50 years old.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the likelihood of such a knife having a scalpel-sharp blade without sharpening for at least the previous several years is slim to non-existent. The evidence on the Hutton Inquiry web site implies that the elbow injury may have happened early in 1992.
Accordingly, this "new evidence" casts further doubt on the supposed use of the knife found at Harrowdown Hill since the sharpness of the knife is seriously in question.
At the Hutton Inquiry there was a total failure both by Lord Hutton and by counsel to the Inquiry to inquire into this fundamental question of whether or not the knife had a blade of sufficient sharpness to inflict the observed wounds.
The "insufficiency of inquiry" is both overt and deplorable.
The failure of Lord Hutton and James Dingemans QC adequately to inquire into this matter suggests that the lack of sharpness did not apply only to the knife.
I would be grateful if you would confirm receipt of this email and confirm that the information contained in it will be considered by the Attorney General.
(Dr) Andrew Watt