In a comment on my last post, in which I had been discussing Dr Kelly's Barbour jacket, Lancashire Lad remarked on the Barbour cap found near the body. I had previously written about this cap http://drkellysdeath-suicideormurder.blogspot.com/2011/01/blood-and-barbour-cap.html but at that time didn't have the benefit of seeing the report of the forensic biologist Mr Green http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk/Publications/Documents/Roy%20Green%20forensic%20statement%2027%20September%202003.pdf
On 25 July 2003 the cap was one of a substantial number of items received by Mr Green from the police. Reference the ground beneath the cap:
Areas of possible vomit-like staining were observed on both sides of deceased's face coming from the mouth, on the jacket and on the ground partially covered by the cap.
I believe that Mr Green's report was scanned as I am unable to copy it in the normal way. The cap information is on page 17 of 20 of the pdf file and can be accessed from the link already given. The first sentence I will repeat here though:
Item (AMH.6) was the brown, blue, red and white checked "Barbour" cap, which was found near the deceased's left shoulder.
This description took me by surprise as I had just assumed it was a single coloured cap. This shows the danger of making assumptions of course. Lancashire Lad provided a link that shows what such a cap might have looked like http://sartorialmale.com/style/the-hottest-winter-hats/attachment/barbour-mens-classic-wool-tartan-cap/
Enlarging on what Dr Hunt said in his report we learn from Mr Green that the inside of the cap was heavily stained with smears of blood, also that the underside of the peak bore smears of blood. It seems very likely that this was Dr Kelly's blood from tests carried out on one of the bloodstains inside the cap.
DNA tests from a non bloodstained area inside the cap indicated the presence of two sets of DNA, one of which was Dr Kelly. Mr Green also says that the other, minor, contributor to the DNA mix could have been a female.
Dr Hunt dealt with this cap in two sentences in his report:
Lying adjacent to the left shoulder/upper arm was a 'Barbour' cap with the lining side uppermost. There was blood over the lining and also the peak.
It needs to be remembered that a flat cap was present in the game pocket of the Barbour jacket.
Roy Green is a forensic scientist, Dr Hunt is a forensic pathologist, yet neither of them seems to have considered why the blood was present on the cap. This is so typical of the slip shod way the investigation was carried out followed by the totally inadequate Inquiry. It's as if the evidence of blood on the cap can't be made to fit in with the suicide hypothesis so this oddity is then ignored. What a shambles!