Telegraph : 'Gaps in understanding' over death of MI6 worker Gareth Williams

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

'Gaps in understanding' over death of MI6 worker Gareth Williams

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, of the Metropolitan Police, says MI6 worker Gareth Williams was probably alone at the time of his death

November 13, 2013

A British codebreaker for the MI6 foreign intelligence agency, whose naked body was found padlocked in a holdall inside a bathtub three years ago, most likely killed himself by accident, police said on Wednesday.

A fresh review of the mysterious "spy in the bag" case has concluded that 31-year-old intelligence analyst Gareth Williams was not murdered but had climbed into the bag without assistance.

The police findings contradict those of a coroner who concluded at an inquest last year that another person was probably involved in Williams's death.

"My personal view at the end of the investigation is that what happened was an accident," Martin Hewitt, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, told reporters.

"I am convinced that Gareth's death was in no way related to his work."

He admitted that several "odd" factors remained - notably the fact that no DNA was found on the padlock, and there were no handprints on the bathtub.

The decomposed body of the talented mathematician was found locked in a North Face holdall inside the bath of his apartment in London's upmarket Pimlico district in August 2010.

Sources: ITN/AFP

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