Friday, 3 December 2010

No fingerprints on the co-proxamol blister packs

On the 16th November I made a FOI request to Thames Valley Police.  The questions and their responses are shown below:

On the 18th July 2003 the dead body of Dr David Kelly was found at Harrowdown Hill Oxfordshire.  Three blister packs of the drug co-proxamol were found in a pocket of his jacket at the scene.  My FoI request is as follows:

(a) Were any of the three packs checked for fingerprints?


(b) Were all of the blister packs checked for fingerprints?

No – 1 packet was reserved for DNA (full profile of Dr Kelly obtained).

(c) If a "yes" answer to (a) or (b) were any fingerprints found?

None recovered.

(d) If a "yes" answer to (c) were the fingerprints identified as belonging to Dr Kelly?



  1. Brian,

    If David Kelly's death was "suicide" then it's a particularly odd suicide.

    No fingerprints on the (supposed) knife.

    No fingerprints on the water bottle.

    No fingerprints on the blister packs.

    Oh, yes ... and ...

    No gloves beside the body.

    The "suicide hypothesis", in my view, is literally incredible.

  2. One has to be clear about what "none recovered" means. Fingerprints left on an object are often partial or defaced, and none recovered may not mean there were no fingerprints per se, only that there were no full prints.

  3. Rowena

    I will try and speak to TVP early next week to get clarification on what "none recovered" means - I take your point on this. In the same pocket of the Barbour jacket as the three blister packs Dr Hunt found a mobile phone, bifocal spectacles and a key fob. It wouldn't be too surprising in my view that in a fairly full pocket there was transfer of some of Dr Kelly's DNA between the various articles.

  4. Brian,

    This piece of news made the press:

  5. film shown on national news of Dr Kelly is suggestive of a man who was watching his back