Channel 4 : New police appeal over MI6 code-breaker's death

Monday, September 06, 2010

New police appeal over MI6 code-breaker's death

By Channel 4 News | September 6, 2010

Detectives investigating the death of the MI6 code breaker Gareth Williams, whose decomposing body was found in a bath, have released new CCTV images and appealed for help to trace two people seen near his London home.

The video and stills photographs show Mr Williams, who was working for the MI6 secret intelligence service, shopping in central London in August.

The Metropolitan Police said they needed the public's help to identify a man and a woman, both of Mediterranean appearance and aged between 20 and 30, who were let into the communal entrance of Mr Willams' flat in Pimlico, central London, late one evening in June or July.

Detectives said they had not found drugs or drugs paraphernalia at the flat and nothing appeared to be missing. Mr Williams had returned to Britain from a holiday in the US on 11 August. The police have established from the CCTV images that he went shopping on a number of occasions in the West End and Knightsbridge.

On 15 August, he visited Harrods dressed in a red T-shirt, beige trousers and white trainers.

Mr Williams' naked body was discovered padlocked in a North Face holdall bag in the bath of his flat on 23 August. There was no sign of any forced entry or disturbance.

A post mortem examination held on 25 August failed to establish any obvious cause of death. Extensive forensic tests at the flat and from the samples taken at the post mortem continue.

The Metropolitan police said they wanted to talk to anyone who had been in contact with 30-year-old Mr Williams between 11 and 23 August.

In a statement shortly after his body was found, Mr Williams' family dismissed rumours suggesting the GCHQ codes expert was involved in risky sexual practices, saying they had been "very distressing".