[On this date in 2000, Mrs Gwendoline Horton gave evidence at the Lockerbie trial. A report on the South African IOL website, based on news agency reports from Camp Zeist, contains the following:]
An elderly resident of an English farming village told on Wednesday how she found among Pan Am Flight 103 debris strewn outside her home a document that became essential to the Lockerbie investigation - a cassette recorder manual. (...)
Gwendoline Horton, of Morpeth, 100km east of Lockerbie, described the scene around the town the day after the explosion. Air currents had carried a considerable amount of light debris into northern England and deposited it in the Morpeth area.
"All the local farmers were collecting it in the fields," Horton said. "We went out to collect what we could. I remember coming upon a document of some sort that made reference to a radio cassette player."
Police constable Brian Walton confirmed that he accepted Horton's find, which he described as an instruction handbook for a cassette player.
"It had tiny bits of cinder on the edges," he told the court. "At that time, it didn't have significance that it obviously might have now."
But when Horton was handed a plastic bag with fragments of the manual, she did not recognise it.
"I'm sure when I handed it in it was in one piece," she testified.