~ Letter from Sandra Uttley to, first, the
Clerk to the Cullen Inquiry, Glynis
McKeand, and then to the Lord Advocate,
Dear Ms McKeand
be grateful if you could bring this email to the attention of Lord
Cullen. In his report into the Shootings at Dunblane
Primary School, Lord Cullen
writes (page 12) that Thomas Hamilton was
wearing "black corduroy trousers" whereas the off-duty police
officer (who did NOT give evidence at the Inquiry)
who entered the gym immediately after the shootings clearly states that
Hamilton was wearing a "black boiler
suit". I have long believed that Hamilton's
clothes were removed on scene and replaced with other clothes, and this
would seem to confirm it. Could Lord Cullen
Lord Cullen states in his report (page 13)
that the janitor, John Currie, "removed
the revolver from Thomas Hamilton's
hand" when the off-duty police officer
[Ed. ~ Grant McCutcheon]
in his statement clearly states that it was a pistol, NOT
Why did Lord
Cullen write these factual inaccuracies in his report?
I look forward to hearing from Lord Cullen
on this very serious matter as soon as possible.
[Ed. ~ Address removed at the behest of Sandra
Dear Ms McKeand
~ Further letter to the Clerk to the Cullen Inquiry
Thank you for your
email today. I am sorry that Lord Cullen
has no comment to make. This will reflect very badly on him and
his long 'distinguished' career. Please bring the following to
his attention. I will not be letting this matter drop.
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Mr Boyd [Ed.. ~ Letter
by Sandra Uttley to the Lord Advocate,
After making enquiries
with the Freedom of Information Officer at
Central Scotland Police, yesterday I received
a copy of the witness statement of the off-duty police
officer who was the first police officer to
enter the gymnasium on 13 March 1996. For some reason this statement
did not make it into the National Archives of Scotland
and I think this requires an explanation. In Mr Brims accompanying
letter, he writes:
Recently we wrote
to you in relation to a FoI request concerning the identity of an off-duty
police officer who entered DPS gymnasium shortly
after the shootings there on 13th March 2005 (sic) At that
time we understood that the statements of all
those adults who were present at the gym and surrounding
area in the immediate aftermath of the shootings there had been deposited
in the NAS for the public to consult following
redaction to protect personal information. It has now come to
our attention that the statement of the off-duty police
officer who was the subject of your request has not yet been deposited.
I am hoping to arrange with the other parties for the deposit of this
document in the near future, but in the meantime I enclose a redacted
copy in the hope that you will find it of relevance and interest.
There are some interesting
points in this statement:
I further observed
the janitor who was standing to the left side of a black figure lying
on the floor. I knew he was the gunman. I formed this opinion
as he had shot himself in the head and together with other factors in
my mind I took him to be as such. As I took all this in and formed
my opinions I saw two pistols there. I saw that his head
had been blown away and the contents were behind him (how did Professor
Busuttil manage to retain the brain for neuropathological examination
then?) I was focused on this image. I then saw the
janitor bend down at the gunman's left side and saw him retrieve a pistol.
It was dark coloured and was not a revolver. I cannot describe
it further. I also saw a further pistol lying to the left
side of the gunman's body. That was dark coloured as well
and was not a revolver. I also said to the janitor
as he stood up to put the pistol down on the floor. I saw
him place it at his feet (where was the revolver Hamilton
used to kill himself then?)... I also saw, at the same time as
all this, that the gunman was gurgling and breathing heavily.
I formed the opinion that he was still alive but obviously nearing death.
He was wearing a black boiler suit and he had a tan coloured leather
holster around his waist on his left side (note, ONE holster, not 4,
as we were told at the Inquiry). I
saw magazines, black coloured, lying about him. I did see spent
cases of ammunition lying about his body too. I could not put
a number on them. I didn't see ear defenders on the gunman at
all (well who removed them?).
the Crown Office deliberately withhold this
statement because it clearly states that the witness did not see a revolver,
only 2 pistols? And that Hamilton only
had one holster, not 4? If Hamilton
did not have a revolver with him, how
on earth did he kill himself with a Smith & Wesson revolver?
Did the Crown Office deliberately select the
headteacher Ron Taylor to give evidence at
the Inquiry, and not this police
officer, because Ron Taylor didn't know a
pistol from a revolver? In evidence Mr Taylor
simply referred to 2 guns (NOTE, he didn't see 4 guns either - nor did
the janitor John Currie). According
to DCS Ogg, no-one spoke to moving the 4th gun.
So now we know that
the driver of the grey car was NOT Hamilton's
neighbour, as you originally told me. We also know that the CCTV
sightings were altered, and now we discover that there is a witness
statement that conveniently didn't make it into the NAS?
How many other witness statements have you withheld
from the public Mr Boyd?
I hope to hear from
you on the above matter as soon as possible.
~ Address removed at the behest of Sandra Uttley.]