ITV : Spy death inquest shown footage of death scene

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spy death inquest shown footage of death scene

April 24, 2012 | last updated May 3, 2012

The inquest into the death of an Anglesey MI6 spy has been shown dramatic footage of the red holdall containing his body, after it was discovered.

Video was also shown of the immaculately kept apartment in up-market Pimlico in London, as well as a cutting from the Observer newspaper with the headline “top five regrets of the dying”, which was found in the flat.

Gareth Williams’ body was found on August 23, 2010 after he failed to turn up for a number of appointments.

Mr Williams' sister, Ceri Subbe, sat in the hearing without her parents as images showed the scene which greeted detectives when they arrived.

The video took the inquest on a walking tour of his home - showing a red woman's wig, lipstick and make-up - in the condition that it was found.

Footage showed close-up images of the white bathroom suite where Mr Williams's body was found.

The film zoomed in on the red North Face bag, showing bulges from his limbs inside, and a brass padlock locking two zips together from the outside.

Detectives found the Observer article detailing regrets of the dying in the living room near a book by Alan Warner and some of Mr Williams's own paintings.

There was no sign of a break-in at the flat with footage showing Mr Williams had left cash in a cupboard and a mobile phone on the living room table.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire said there was little clutter and mess in the flat except for a dressing gown and quilt discarded on the bedroom floor.

Ms Sebire said: "I also found it difficult to explain because of his general tidiness. In my opinion it was not something that was easily explainable."