Decision expected on Kelly inquest

A coroner was due to announce if the inquest into the death of UK government weapons expert Dr David Kelly will be reconvened.

A coroner was due to announce if the inquest into the death of UK government weapons expert Dr David Kelly will be reconvened.

Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Gardiner has said the hearing at Oxford Coroner's Court would be taking into account any relevant matters not covered or submitted in the Hutton Inquiry.

The body of 59-year-old Dr Kelly was found at a beauty spot near his Oxfordshire home in July, just days after he was exposed as the source of a BBC report which alleged the British government had "sexed up" intelligence on Iraq and its reported weapons of mass destruction.

Lord Hutton concluded that Dr Kelly had taken his own life - the result of an incision to the left wrist and after taking an overdose of Co-Proxamol painkillers.

But a number of respected medical experts, including former trauma and orthopaedic medicine consultant Dr David Halpin, have since written to Mr Gardiner expressing their doubts over exactly how Dr Kelly died.

They said the conclusion that Dr Kelly had bled to death from the self-inflicted injury was "highly improbable" and have called for the inquest to be re-opened.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox