Mirror : MI6 spy Gareth Williams was 'padlocked' in sport bag

Thursday, September 02, 2010

MI6 spy Gareth Williams was 'padlocked' in sport bag

By Jon Clements | September 2, 2010

An MI6 codebreaker whose decomposed body was found in a holdall in the bath had been padlocked into the bag, it emerged yesterday.

Gareth Williams, 31, was found in his flat half a mile from MI6 nine days ago in Pimlico, West London.

But an inquest yesterday revealed that a cause of death has still not been established despite two postmortems.

Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said police went round after colleagues had not seen him at work. He said: "The holdall was padlocked shut and inside was a lifeless body, and it appeared the body was in an advanced state of decay."

Dr Knapman said further tests are being done to find out how he died. Police are still investigating his death.

Mr Williams' family, of Holyhead, Gwynedd, who have accused MI6 of smearing Gareth's name with false sex slurs, were not in court.

The Westminster coroner's court inquest was adjourned until September 8.