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Kelly 'state of mind' examined

2nd September 2003

Details of Dr David Kelly's final movements and state of mind before he took his own life are to be revealed at the Hutton Inquiry today.

The last people to see the Iraq weapons expert alive and police officers involved in the search for his body were amongst witnesses due to appear before the inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Lord Hutton was being assisted by an expert on suicide and a leader of the Baha'i faith, of which Dr Kelly was a member, to gain an insight into his mind and beliefs.

Yesterday the inquiry heard poignant evidence from those who knew Dr Kelly best - his widow Janice, daughter Rachel and sister Sarah Pape.

Mrs Kelly told a packed court 73 how her husband felt "totally let down and betrayed" by the Ministry of Defence for allowing his name to be made public.

Today the inquiry was due to learn more about what was going through Dr Kelly's mind when he chose to take his own life.

Giving evidence were Barney Leith, a personal friend and secretary of the UK National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is, and Professor Keith Hawton, a psychiatrist.


Daughter:
Rachel Kelly

Professor Hawton, director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University's department of psychiatry, was expected to give Lord Hutton expert advice on the minds of those who take their own lives.

Elderly neighbour Ruth Absalom, who spoke to Dr Kelly on his final walk to woods near his home near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on July 18 was amongst those giving evidence.<{ Professor Hawton, director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University's department of psychiatry, was expected to give Lord Hutton expert advice on the minds of those who take their own lives.

Elderly neighbour Ruth Absalom, who spoke to Dr Kelly on his final walk to woods near his home near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on July 18 was amongst those giving evidence.

She was being joined on the witness stand by Louise Holmes and Paul Chapman, volunteers with the search team, and by Dr Kelly's local GP, Dr Malcolm Warner.

Police officers Pc Martyn Sawyer, Pc Andrew Franklin, Dc Peter Coe and Sergeant Geoffrey Webb, who were also involved in the search, were amongst those helping Lord Hutton to piece together the weapons expert's final movements.

Ambulance staff David Bartlett and Vanessa Hunt were also due to appear.

She was being joined on the witness stand by Louise Holmes and Paul Chapman, volunteers with the search team, and by Dr Kelly's local GP, Dr Malcolm Warner.

Police officers Pc Martyn Sawyer, Pc Andrew Franklin, Dc Peter Coe and Sergeant Geoffrey Webb, who were also involved in the search, were amongst those helping Lord Hutton to piece together the weapons expert's final movements.

Ambulance staff David Bartlett and Vanessa Hunt were also due to appear.

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