The next part of the drama of finding Dr Kelly's body in which DC Coe is joined by PCs Sawyer and Franklin and the two ambulance crew was causing me a bit of a headache from a presentational point of view. This was because the evidence from Mr Coe himself continued to be seriously lacking in detail whereas the testimonies of the other four named people (given to Hutton two weeks previously) was fortunately much more informative.
I've been very lucky to have had two regular readers, Felix and Andrew, commenting on my posts because they have supplied me with numerous links and new lines of inquiry. In fact, following my last post "DC Coe alone with Dr Kelly's body" Andrew has quoted some relevant extracts of the testimonies of PC Franklin, PC Sawyer, Vanessa Hunt and David Bartlett. He also notes what the two searchers Louise Holmes and Paul Chapman had to say about meeting DC Coe and his companions. I would suggest backtracking to read Andrew's two comments - I don't particularly want to set all that out again in this posting.
Following Mr Coe's vigil of 25 to 30 minutes (other evidence suggests this length of time is about right) Mr Coe tells Mr Knox that "...two other police officers arrived, I took them to where the body was laying ..." It would seem that when PCs Franklin and Sawyer followed by the two medics arrived at the wood Mr Coe was out on the track. Had he heard voices and knew their arrival was imminent and so walked the 70 metres out to the track? Perhaps one of Mr Coe's companions let out a whistle to know reinforcements had arrived. We just don't know. Anyway there seems no doubt that Mr Coe led the new arrivals to Dr Kelly's body and although taking no further part in the proceedings on Harrowdown Hill did stay a few minutes because he records the fact in his notebook that the ambulance people pronounced death at 10.07.
Mr Knox moves on to the following day (Saturday). He comments "We know the following morning there was a search made of Dr Kelly's premises" and asks "Were you at all involved in that?" Mr Coe replied "Yes, I was. I went to the premises and at that time I had an attachment with me who acted as an exhibits officer at the house and I oversaw what he did. I made no search whatsoever of the premises." This astonishingly is the only question he is asked about the Saturday morning search.
Now follows the standard closing question: And is there anything else you would like to say about the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr Kelly? To which Mr Coe replies with some emphasis "Nothing whatsoever".
I may write a post detailing examples of questions which Mr Knox could and should have asked of DC Coe. For the moment though I'll just make a couple of observations: Mr Coe states that he was called out at 6 in the morning. The only other time he mentions is the 10.07 when Dr Kelly was officially pronounced dead - nothing new here because this latter time was not directly to do with him and already in the public domain. So from the moment he was called out to go to Abingdon Police Station we have no indication at all from him about his personal timetable of activities. This is totally utterly unacceptable in such an Inquiry. The second point for now - when the evidence gets to the point where Mr Coe meets the searchers on Harrowdown Hill he is asked by Mr Knox "Who were you with at this time?" Answer: "Detective Constable Shields" . This is the only occasion that Mr Shields is identified or mentioned in person. Extraordinary.