A NEW inquiry should be held
into the Dunblane massacre because dozens of questions about the
tragedy remain unanswered, according to two concerned campaigners.
The pair have spent months drawing up a detailed
dossier about the horrific shootings.
And they claim that there are discrepancies between
the official inquiry, presided over by Lord Cullen, and statements
from witnesses at the time.
One woman, Sandra Uttley [top left], was a local
ambulance worker. LINK
The other, Doreen Hagger, gave evidence at the Cullen Inquiry. LINK
They believe there may have been a cover-up. Questions
they now want answered include:
WHO did killer Thomas Hamilton meet and
talk to on the way to Dunblane primary school?
WHO was the off-duty police officer at
the scene and why has his identity been concealed? LINK
WHY have Hamilton's post mortem results
been kept secret?
WHY ambulance service records are not being
made public, and
WHY was there confusion over the number
of guns Hamilton had at the school? LINK
The women - who have drawn
up a 50-point, 5,000-word dossier on the affair - are furious
that many of the official reports are being kept under wraps.
Government ministers have ruled that much of
the evidence about the tragedy should not be made public for 100
Last night Uttley said: "A new inquiry is
urgently needed. There may be other individuals who
should face prosecution."
The horror unfolded on March 13, 1996, when 43-year
old misfit Hamilton gunned down 16 pupils and teacher Gwen Mayor
at the Stirlingshire school. The atrocity shocked the nation
and an official probe was launched under Lord Cullen. But
Uttley and Hagger believe too many mysteries remain.
They point to the statement of Cathleen Boswell
Kerr, who said she'd seen the killer standing beside - or climbing
from - a large grey saloon car before he travelled to the school.
It was parked outside his Stirling home sometime between 8am and
8.40 on the fateful day.
According to Kerr, Hamilton looked cheerful.
He waved as the grey car left, then walked to his white hire van. But
Kerr DIDN'T give evidence at the Cullen Inquiry. And the
two women want to know what steps were taken to trace Hamilton's
Mum-of-six Hagger helped out at a children's
camp organised by the oddball loner who went on to become Scotland's
worst mass murderer. Her daughter Vikki, then seven
years old, was one of the youngsters who attended. Both
were concerned about his behaviour and complained to cops about
him. Though he had already come to the attention of Central
Scotland Police after official complaints about his camps and
the clubs he ran for boys, Hagger believes her warnings about
him went unheeded. LINK
She told us: "I was overwhelmed with a feeling
of guilt that I had not done more to stop Hamilton. We still
have a lot of work to do and a lot of evidence to cover.
But I feel everyone has been robbed of justice."
Vikki later wrote to Lord Cullen about her fear
of not being taken seriously. Her mum also appeared
before the judge at his inquiry in Stirling.
Cullen's intensive probe lasted from May 29 until
July 10, 1996. But according to Hagger, his investigation
FAILED to reveal the identity of the off-duty police officer they
believe to have been first on the scene. LINK
The man followed the primary school's headteacher Ron Taylor into
the gym where the carnage had taken place. He then warned
the headmaster, and the school janitor John Currie, not to touch
a gun which lay next to Hamilton's body on the gym floor.
But despite his key role, the officer's name
has never been released to the public. LINK
And the two campaigners want to know WHY his identity has been
They also want to know why the public hasn't
been given access to the results of a post mortem carried out
on Hamilton. Uttley explained: "We know that a
full dissection was carried out. Pathologist Anthony
Busuttil said the cause of death was gunshot injury. But
this does not explain the manner of Hamilton's death. LINK
Some sources suggest his body was discovered lying close to a
wall in which there were TWO bullet holes, six inches apart.
"But what did the wounds on Hamilton's body
show? The post mortem results would surely clear up this
point and explain whether or not he suffered other gunshot injuries
that were not fatal."
Uttley could have been one of the ambulance staff
who raced to the scene, just minutes after Hamilton's killing
spree ended. She was on a day off from her job at the ambulance
station in nearby Callander and only learned of the horror from
a friend. She was called in to work later that day. The
crew she relieved had raced several of Hamilton's young victims
to hospital, and were traumatised as a result.
But Uttley and Hagger claim the role of the ambulance
service has been obscured. They claimed: "Lord Cullen
said in his report the ambulance service arrived at the school
at 9.57 and the police at 9.50am. Our own sources suggest
ambulancewoman Alison Irvine made a statement indicating that
when she and colleague Leslie Haire arrived at the school at 9.57am
there were NO police cars or police officers there - just the
mystery man who claimed to be an off-duty policeman.
"Ron Taylor met them and said they were
the first to arrive. The ambulance staff then radioed their
control room to say they were dealing with a major incident.
"Police witnesses said at the inquiry they
arrived at the primary school at 9.50am. But the Accident
and Emergency Department at Stirling Royal Infirmary received
notification of a shooting incident at Dunblane at 9.48am.
Who from? We want to know why details about the ambulance
service's role should be hidden for 100 years."
The two women are also puzzled by the confusion
over the number of weapons found at the scene. Uttley
- the former partner of Dr Mick North LINK,
whose daughter Sophie died that day - added: "Some witnesses
suggested Hamilton had two guns at the primary school, others
say he had four.
"Malcolm Chisholm and David Gould, the ammunition
and bomb disposal experts, also differ over their examination
of the guns. Why were these vital issues not properly clarified
at the inquiry?"
Some of the discrepancies, they claim, might
have been cleared up by the Scene of Crime report. But
they added: "It's been hidden away until 2096. Why?"
Uttley and Hagger also want to know why photographs
of the crime scene weren't taken until late afternoon - though
Hamilton ran amok shortly after the school first opened.
Hagger added: "There were concerns that
Hamilton's body might be booby-trapped. Why then was the
bomb disposal centre not alerted until 2.30pm? And why on
earth were there people present in the gym when the bomb disposal
expert arrived? The gym was supposed to have been evacuated
at noon because of concerns about a booby trap."
Among the other queries raised
by the couple's dossier is the question of where Hamilton went
between leaving his home and arriving at Dunblane primary school.
Uttley revealed: "A policeman said CCTV cameras picked up
Hamilton's van leaving Stirling on the morning of March 13, 1996
at 8.44 and 8.46. LINK
The journey to Dunblane school would normally take just 15 minutes.
Yet Hamilton did not arrive there until 9.30. Where did
he go in the half hour that's unaccounted for?"
The pair are also intrigued by the matter of
Hamilton's finances. Hagger told us: "Some sources
suggested he obtained two credit cards and spent freely at the
end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996. But he was unemployed
- and this has never been fully explained."
The duo say they are determined to battle on
until they win a fresh inquiry into the horror.
Uttley, who has written a series of articles
about male violence and guns - began work on her dossier in December
last year. In February, she wrote to Hagger asking
for her help. They claim they have examined and cross-referenced
every word of the Cullen report since then. Uttley
told us: "I will never give up on this until we get to the
truth." And Hagger added: "This has caused us
a lot of stress. Some of what we've discovered makes me
despair. Yet I think it is only right that people should
know about this and decide for themselves whether or not a new
inquiry is merited"
But last night the officer who headed the Dunblane
investigation was adamant that Central Scotland Police left no
stone unturned. LINK
Detective Chief Superintendent John Ogg, who
has now retired from the force, told us: "I can reassure
you that the investigation into the Dunblane incident was absolutely
thorough, and we covered every angle. I don't subscribe
to any of these allegations at all." And he added:
"I have no idea why someone would wish to come up with theories
Speaking from his home in Perthshire, Mick North
told us: "I have been asked by Sandra about what happened
on the day, and have answered her questions. There are areas
that I feel could do with a better explanation, but I am not going
to go into specifics. I think it's most likely that the
conspiracy goes as far as being alleged."
During the investigation, it was claimed that
student teacher David Scott witnessed Hamilton kill himself.
However, Scott did not himself give evidence, and when asked if
he did see the killer commit suicide, he refused to make any comment
at all. He told the News of the World: "I have not
spoken about this before and have no intention of doing so."
~ It can be proved there was a cover-up by the State because the
first person into the gym whileThomas Hamilton was still alive
was a female trainee teacher, NOT the male trainee teacher called
David Scott. He was mentioned in the official transcript
of the Inquiry and also in Sandra Uttley's book Dunblane Unburied
as the Dunblane Primary School trainee teacher.
In her book, Sandra Uttley
refers to a potential cover-up because in the written findings
of Lord Cullen (and this is the sneaky part of it) he mentions
that the first person into the gym was a trainee teacher.
Sandra Uttley says, hah,
this must be a cover-up because "the" trainee teacher
David Scott was reported to have been in another classroom with
his head down and he cannot be in two places at one time, so the
Inquiry has got the narrative wrong, which proves that there has
been a cover up..
Lord Cullen told the truth that "a" trainee teacher
was the first person into the gym. He just does not explain
that the trainee teacher was not affiliated to Dunblane Primary
School, but was a female trainee teacher from another school.
She was meeting with the school's assistant head that day to discuss
her son's disruptive behaviour because he had ADHD (Attention
Deficient Hyperactive Disorder). Her son survived; one of
only three kids to survive. (Unfortunately, he subsequently
attacked an old lady in her home in Dunblane, attempted to have
sex with her and was jailed.)
Be that as it may, Lord
Cullen told the truth, but the trainee teacher did not participate
in the Inquiry. She was excused despite being the only person
to witness Thomas Hamilton alive and shooting at children.
The second person into the gym, the off-duty policeman was also
excused from testifying. LINK
So, it could be argued
that the State chose not to include the trainee teacher's testimony
- This would save her
the anguish of giving testimony and reliving events.
- It would lead to the
graphic description of injuries to the children that the MSM
Press might sensationalise.
- They did not want to
cause further trauma to her and her son because her son had
survived and they had to somehow get over what had happened
and live out their lives
- They did not want to
divulge some parts of the crime scene.
that an off-duty policeman, Grant Mcutcheon, was the second person
to enter the gym after Thomas Hamilton, so one of three things
happened regarding Hamilton's demise: LINK
- he shot himself
prior to the policeman's arrival;
- he shot himself
as the policeman came into the gym; or
- he did not shoot
himself at all - someone else did.
trainee teacher, the first to enter the gym after Thomas Hamilton,
could have cleared the fog by providing an exact account of the
issue. So there had to be an
ulterior motive for preventing both her and Grant McCutcheon.from
giving evidence to the inquiry.
reason for the cover-up was to protect vested interests so they
chose to lie about certain aspects of the crime scene. In
this case the second person into the gym, the off-duty police
officer possibly committed "offences" in terms of his
reaction to Thomas Hamilton or to Thomas Hamilton's body, thereby
interfering with a crime scene.
This brings us to the salient
point. If the State is happy enough to cover up a crime
scene and the prequel and final moments of Thomas Hamilton's life,
and to who witnessed what, in order to placate the feelings of
two state employees (trainee teacher and a police officer) then
who else are they happy to cover up for in terms of State employees?
Similarly, it show's that
the State's Inquiry process is not independent and that official
judge-led Inquiries are influenced by the State. LINK
You can be certain that
it was a female trainee teacher who was the first person to enter
the gym, not as assumed by Sandra Uttley that it must have been
the male trainee teacher David Scott because she knew that David
Scott was the only trainee teacher working at Dunblane Primary.
It did not occur to her, and why should it, that a female trainee
teacher had been visiting Dunblane Primary on that fateful day.
So, there you have it: a cast-iron cover-up by the State.
Where transparent, state-orchestrated
cover-ups dwell, it is not surprising that campaigners for new
inquiries do not always get their details entirely factual, or
in harmony in every respect. Such is the State's centuries-long
expertise in devising cover-ups. But that should not put
campaigners in disharmony, one to the other. They all strive
for justice in the public interest. To allow the State
to derail the well-founded call for a new inquiry and to uncover
the covers-up would be a travesty at its pinnacle.]
[Ed ~ News
of the World article resumes.]
Headmaster Ron Taylor blasted the pair's findings [i.e.,
Sandra Uttley's and Doreen Hagger's] and said he could
not understand why they would wish to open up old wounds." He
added: "It is rubbish. There is no substance to it
at all. Hundreds of statements were given, and only a select
few were actually used for Cullen, to spare those affected by
the incident the trauma of going through it again. Every
single person who was in the school on the day gave a statement
to the police. Only a few gave verbal evidence to the Cullen
Inquiry. [Ed ~ Why only
a few?] The vast majority of the report was about
the police. There is no cover-up."
News of the World article ENDS
[Ed ~ What could
it be that Ron Taylor really knows, that he does not want to impart
to the rest of the world? LINK
Why is he meekly falling into line with the State's concocted
version of events and its conclusion?
How can he claim that "the
pair's findings ... open up old wounds"? The wounds
will never close until a proper inquiry is held, with no restrictive
remit and with ALL witnesses' testimonies included.
Furthermore, why did Lord
Cullen not ask Ron Taylor, and many other witnesses, especially
Central Scotland Police witnesses, under oath, if they were Freeasons?
Particularly when I asked Cullen to pose that particular question
while his farcical inquiry was in progress. LINK
After all, it can be assumed
that all suspect witnesses were not all Freemasons, but it was
a perfect opportunity to put that particular misgiving to bed.
My insistence to Cullen during the inquiry that he poses that
question to witnesses resulted in him putting my correspondence
with him on a nonstatutiory 100-year closure order. LINK]