In my last post I had put forward the possibility that DC Coe didn't stay with Dr Kelly's body for anything like the 25 to 30 minutes that his evidence to Hutton suggests. I don't have proof of how long he remained with the corpse but what I find intriguing is how little he evidently noticed about the body he was supposedly guarding and its immediate environs.
From his testimony at the inquiry we learn that DC Coe didn't know whether there was any water left in the Evian bottle and whether Dr Kelly's cap was on or off his head - although he thinks "off" which is correct. He is somewhat vague about the clothing although he does notice the Barbour jacket in particular.
It was in early August last year that Graham Coe had an interview with the Daily Mail, this was the moment that he admitted that there was "The Third Man" accompanying him and DC Shields at Harrowdown Hill (I tried to obtain the name and rank of this person via a FOI request but Thames Valley Police weren't prepared to release it - although they did admit that they knew who it was!). Some of the interview is reported on the Mailonline http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1301210/Detective-Dr-David-Kellys-body-raises-questions-death.html#ixzz0w1BS1KlK. However the previous day evidently the story was presented in greater depth in the newspaper itself as can be seen by going to this particular website http://www.tpuc.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=139126&sid=8e1f55edc51c10007be0e7d3489314e2 In this forum you need to scroll to 8th August 2010 where someone calling themselves "leavemealone" has made a couple of entries. The first of these is a newspaper report about the occasion when Dr Hunt allegedly mixed up the details of two dead servicemen (this needs its own blogpost at some time). The second entry is the Daily Mail piece involving DC Coe (now retired). Here is an extract:
‘I think he was wearing a green Barbour jacket and a bluish checked shirt, both of which I think were rolled up, and dark cords. I think he was wearing his glasses and I think his eyes were closed. I could see his left wrist had been cut.
That he thought that Dr Kelly was wearing his spectacles is extraordinary, particularly as he thinks his eyes were closed. The reference to dark cords is strange too because the jeans he was wearing would presumably be denim in the normal accepted definition of jeans.
Regarding the body position we have Mr Coe saying to the Mail in 2010:
‘As I got closer, I could see Dr Kelly’s body sideways on, with his head and shoulders against a large tree. He wasn’t dead flat along the ground. If you wanted to die, you’d never lie flat out. But neither was he sat upright.’
Go back seven years to 2003 and this is what DC Coe is saying to the Hutton Inquiry:
Q. And how was the body positioned?
A. It was laying on its back -- the body was laying on its back by a large tree, the head towards the trunk of the tree.
I do have a problem reconciling these two statements.