Meantime I'm posting this just to put it in the public domain. I hope to return in a later post to discuss the continuing unresolved matters relating to DC Coe's evidence.
The email was copied to Deputy Chief Constable Francis Hapgood.
The text of the email to Ms Thornton is as follows:
I write to you to report my suspicion that a Thames Valley Police officer may have committed the offence of perverting the course of justice.
Since there are also Professional Standards aspects to the matter, I am copying this email to the DCC and to the Professional Standards Department.
I request that you record this report in accordance with the National Crime Recording Standards and that it appear as a "crime" until such time as there might be found signficant credible evidence to the contrary.
Of the possible elements of the offence of perverting the course of justice outlined on the Crown Prosecution Service website here, http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/perverting_the_course_of_justice/, it seems to me that the offence committed by a Thames Valley Police officer includes (but may not be limited to) concealing evidence.
The officer about whose conduct I have serious concerns is Detective Constable Graham Coe. I am afraid that I do not know his shoulder badge or equivalent number.
My specific concern is that DC Coe lied to the Hutton Inquiry and thereby concealed material evidence with respect to a suspicious death.
Two independent witnesses, Louise Holmes and Paul Chapman, stated to the Hutton Inquiry that they met "three" individuals after finding the body of Dr. David Kelly.
DC Coe testified to the Hutton Inquiry that he was accompanied only by a DC Shields. See Line 25 on Page 1 to Line 3 on Page 2 at http://www.the-hutton-inquiry.org.uk/content/transcripts/hearing-trans33.htm.
DC Coe apparently admitted subsequently to the existence of the "third man" to one or more journalists, see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1301210/Detective-Dr-David-Kellys-body-raises-questions-death.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1302640/Dr-Kelly-investigation-inadequate-Now-NINE-doctors-demand-inquest.html.
The evidence strongly suggests that DC Coe lied to the Hutton Inquiry.
The importance of this lie, at least in part, relates to what the action(s) of the "third man" might or might not have been.
The possibility exists that the "third man" introduced evidence to the scene, removed evidence from the scene or otherwise acted in a way which might undermine confidence in the forensic examination of the scene. Whether, and to what extent, the evidence which DC Coe concealed influenced the conclusion of Lord Hutton is presently unknown.
It is difficult to imagine that a senior judge could casually legitimately discount evidence that a police officer had lied to him.
The death of Dr. David Kelly remains a suspicious death.
You may wish to be aware that I have recently written both to the Attorney General (with respect to Section 13 of the Coroner's Act 1988) and to Nicholas Gardiner, Coroner (with respect to Section 17A of the Coroner's Act 1988) outlining various causes for concern regarding the evidence relating to Dr. Kelly's death and, specifically, drawing attention to new concerns about the evidence arising from the recent public release of the Post Mortem and Toxicology reports.
Ongoing analysis of the toxicology report recently released by the Ministry of Justice, see http://www.justice.gov.uk/kelly-pm-toxicology-reports.htm, raises serious technical questions about the interpretation attached to the toxicology data by Dr. Nicholas Hunt and Dr. Alexander Allan.
My concerns about the toxicology data are so serious that earlier today I reported to Thames Valley Police that I believe that the death of Dr. David Kelly may have been murder. Your Ref: URN514 of 28/10/10.
I would be grateful if Thames Valley Police record the reported crime specified in the present email in accordance with the National Crime Recording Standards and forward to me the relevant reference number.
I am content to provide a full statement to the Police regarding my concerns. My full contact details were given to Thames Valley Police in connection with URN514 of 28/10/10.
(Dr) Andrew Watt