A casual reader of the Hutton Inquiry transcripts could be forgiven for not realising that questions exist about Dr. Kelly having fractured his right elbow in the past, having had an operation on that elbow and possibly being significantly limited in how he could use his right arm.
There is no mention whatsoever of the issue.
Yet the question of the function of Dr. Kelly's right arm is, of course, of pivotal importance.
It is his right arm that the "suicide hypothesis" assumes to have made the cuts in his left wrist.
On 4th March 2011 I wrote to the Attorney General about the matter: The Death of David Kelly - Dr. Malcolm Warner.
In that email I examined the evidence suggesting an old right arm injury.
The material recently released by the Attorney General confirms that Dr. Kelly fractured his right elbow.
In addition to the longstanding statements of Dr. Kelly's friend Mai Pederson, another friend, Dr. Andrew Shuttleworth, wrote to the Attorney General about the functionality of Dr. Kelly's right arm.
Dr. Shuttleworth wrote to the Attorney General on 30th April 2010 (see page 8 of Dr. Shepherd's report).
Dr. Shuttleworth is quoted as saying that an injury to Dr. Kelly's right elbow "led to a severe fracture and residual weakness".
Dr. Shuttleworth's statement corroborates the evidence of Mai Pederson.
It's now confirmed that David Kelly fractured his right elbow in December 1991.
And two friends, Dr. Andrew Shuttleworth and Mai Pederson, have stated that he had residual weakness of the right arm as a result.
Was that weakness of Dr. Kelly's right arm of such a degree that his ability to cut his left wrist is rendered questionable or unlikely?
The Hutton Inquiry neither asked nor answered that pivotal question.
One reason underlying that failure is that nobody told Lord Hutton (at least in oral testimony).
Janice Kelly was silent on the issue.
Dr. Sarah Pape was silent on the issue.
Rachel Kelly was silent on the issue.
Dr. Malcolm Warner was silent on the issue.
None of those "witnesses" told Lord Hutton that David Kelly had fractured his right elbow. And none told Lord Hutton whether that fracture led or didn't lead to residual weakness.
Was there an inexplicable epidemic of amnesia in the Southmoor area of Oxfordshire?
Or did someone advise these witnesses not to talk about Dr. Kelly's possible right arm weakness?
Is there another explanation of this silence on the part of four supposedly credible witnesses?