Telegraph : Police should still be open to possibility spy in bag died alone, says pathologist

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Police should still be open to possibility spy in bag died alone, says pathologist

Police should not rule out the possibility that MI6 spy Gareth Williams locked himself in the sports bag he was found dead in, a pathologist involved in the case has said.

By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor | May 24, 2012

Earlier this month, a coroner concluded Mr Williams was probably “unlawfully killed” after his decomposing naked body was discovered in a padlocked holdall in the bath of his Pimlico flat.

Part of the conclusion was based on evidence from confined spaces experts who tried, and failed, more than 400 times to lock themselves in a similar bag.

But shortly after the inquest, journalist Claire Hayhurst showed it was possible in a video.

Dr Richard Shepherd, a pathologist who carried out one of three post mortem examinations on Mr Williams, said that suggest “compelling evidence” that it might have been possible for him to do it as well.

The Metropolitan Police are still investigating the death and Dr Shepherd urged them not to rule out such a scenario.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4's The Report programme, the pathologist said: "Now that we have credible evidence that it is possible to lock the bag from the inside, whilst it doesn't rule out homicide, clearly the chances of this as a solitary sexual act have to be considered in any future investigation by the Metropolitan Police."

However, Peter Faulding, one of the experts who tried to lock himself in the bag, said he stood by his evidence to the inquest, when he said even Harry Houdini would have struggled.

Difference also remain between Miss Hayhurst’s attempt and the condition of the bag Mr Williams was found in.

The zip was padlocked in a different way and the inquest was told there was no DNA traces around the bottom of the bath, which experts said would have been there if he had climbed in himself, naked.