Anyone looking at the pathologists report now on the internet isn't in for a comfortable read. To put times into perspective we see that Dr Hunt's examination of Dr Kelly on site extended well into the evening and that it wasn't until 19.35 that he was logged out of the police outer cordon at Harrowdown Hill. Having initially arrived at about midday I imagine he was very much in need of sustenance before starting the grisly task of wielding the knife at the mortuary of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. We learn from his report that the post-mortem commenced at 21.20 hours. From a logical point of view it would seem that at some time prior to 21.20 Mrs Kelly would be taken to the mortuary to confirm that the body is indeed that of her husband.
In my naivety I had imagined that any examination of internal organs would be confined to areas below the neck. Not so in this instance as confirmed by what is written on page 8 of the report. I am not going to discuss the anatomical detail revealed in the internal examination some of which I don't understand anyway. Suffice to say what would be visible of Dr Kelly's head for a relative to identify would be much diminished and extremely upsetting.
I don't know if it is ever normal for the identification to be done following the post-mortem but in this instance there must have ample time for Mrs Kelly to complete this onerous task on the previous evening. But, and this is absolutely extraordinary, on page 3 of Norman Baker's book we are told that Mrs Kelly accompanied by one of her daughters is taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital on the following day (Saturday) to formally identify her late husband and that the time of identification was 11.25. I have to assume that the time quoted by NB is a matter of official record.
Here is another interesting fact regarding activities that Saturday: PC Sawyer in his evidence to Hutton relates that he and a search team start a search at the Kelly premises at 11.05 which I imagine is close to the time that Mrs Kelly would have left for Oxford although I would think that her other daughter at least would have been still at the house. It is all very peculiar.