Gareth Williams: Was M16 body-in-the-bag spy 'killed by agents who crept into his home through a skylight'?
By Richard Wheatstone | August 16, 2015
The MI6 spook who found dead inside a padlocked holdall could have been killed by agents who broke into his flat through a skylight, detectives believe.
Mystery has surrounded the death of Gareth Williams since the discovery of his body in a sports bag in his bath.
Met Police concluded he most likely died alone after locking himself inside it.
But detectives who probed the 2010 case believe spies may have broken back into Mr Williams’ Central London flat through a skylight to destroy evidence after his body had been removed.
A source said to be at the heart of the probe allegedly claimed footplates placed inside the flat appeared to have been moved after the first day of the investigation.
The forensic equipment allows officers to cross a crime scene without contaminating it.
And detectives concluded someone must have scaled the walls of the building – which was under armed guard – then entered through the skylight to clear up their tracks.
It supports a theory from Mr Williams’ family that a third party was involved in the spy’s death.
Their lawyer Anthony O’Toole told a 2012 pre-inquest hearing at Westminster coroner’s court: “The impression of the family is that the unknown third party was a member of some agency specialising in the dark arts of the secret services, or evidence has been removed postmortem.”
And a coroner’s inquest into the death later said the spy was “unlawfully killed”.
But a Scotland Yard review into the case said Mr Williams, who had a wardrobe full of women’s clothes, was likely to have died alone and may have been taking part in a solo sex game.