Today, I begin a new page dedicated to the history of PT/35(b) since its alleged discovery on 12 May 1989.
The reader must understand that this is the official timeline reconstructed and wholly accepted by the SCCRC.
12 May 1989
Fragment of circuit board is found in PI/995 by Dr Hayes on 12 May 89, according to
page 51 of Dr Hayes notes. The police production logs for PT/35 record it as having been
found by Dr Hayes at RARDE on 12 May 1989. In his evidence (p2608) Hayes said
he had no memory of finding the timer fragment independent of his notes. In his
chapter 8 Crown precognition (“CP”), Hayes said his recollection was that he worked
alone when carrying out examination of debris, but that he occasionally called Allen
Feraday in when something of interest was found. Feraday in his chapter 8 CP
referred to the discovery of PT/35 and PT/2 and said that he remembered when this was
done. He stated that although Hayes was carrying out the examination, he thought
Hayes invited him in to see the pieces embedded in PI/995 before Hayes removed
them. He stated that Hayes knew he would be interested in what Hayes found, and he
therefore remembered that PT/2 and PT/35 were extracted from PI/995. In his chapter
10 CP Feraday does not specifically mention his memory of PT/35’s extraction. He
states that initially the main concern was with the pieces of cassette recorder manual
that were found in PI/995, as they appeared to support the identification of fragments
discovered earlier, and it was only at a later stage that the potential significance of
PT/35(b) became clear.
To be continued.