Mystery of the Missing F Ingerprints on Dr Kelly's Suicide Knife; David Kelly: Fresh Doubts over Death Blunt: A Gardening Knife Similar to the One Found by the Body

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Mystery of the Missing F Ingerprints on Dr Kelly's Suicide Knife; David Kelly: Fresh Doubts over Death Blunt: A Gardening Knife Similar to the One Found by the Body


Byline: Andy Dolan

FRESH doubts were raised over the suicide of Dr David Kelly yesterdayafter it emerged that no fingerprints were found on the knife he supposedlyused to kill himself.

The Hutton Inquiry into the death of the Ministry of Defence weapons expertruled that he slashed one of his wrists with a blunt garden knife and took anoverdose of pills.

But the campaigning Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has carried out his owninvestigation after forensic experts questioned the official version of events.

He has called for the case to be re-opened after Thames Valley Police revealedthat no fingerprints were found on the knife.

The Lewes MP made the discovery after submitting a Freedom of Informationrequest to the force.

The lack of fingerprints is especially strange as police records also revealedthe germ warfare expert was not wearing any gloves when he died - nor were anyfound at the scene of his death.

Mr Baker said: 'It is one of the things that makes me think Dr Kelly wasmurdered.

'The angle you pick up a knife to kill yourself - there would be fingerprints.Someone who wanted to kill himself wouldn't go to the lengths of wiping theknife clean of fingerprints.

'And wearing gloves would seem very odd when you are about to cut your ownwrists. It is very strange.' Mr Baker is also suspicious about the cut to DrKelly's wrist.

It completely severed a tiny blood vessel called the ulnar [pounds sterling]2.54m was the costof the Hutton Inquiry into Dr Kelly's death artery, which is deep in the wristand protected by nerves and tendons.

It is highly unlikely anyone without a blood-clotting defect would bleed todeath from a single cut to this artery.

It would have required unusual force to cut through the tendons, particularlywith a blunt gardening knife, and it would have been very painful. …

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