London: A British spy found dead in the
bathtub of his London flat last month had been padlocked
inside a bag, an inquest into his death heard on Wednesday.
Gareth Williams, 30, is thought to have been dead for two
weeks when his decomposing remains were found on August 23 at
his home near the headquarters of secret intelligence service
MI6, where he worked.
Coroner Dr Paul Knapman told Westminster Coroners` Court
that Williams was found in a bag that was "padlocked shut",
and that the body was in an advanced state of decay, a court
The cause of death had not yet been established but a
pathologist found Williams had not been stabbed or shot and
there were no obvious signs of strangulation, the spokeswoman
Tests are still underway to determine if he had been
drinking or taking drugs.
The family of Williams, described by friends as a shy
mathematics genius, expressed anger last week over reports
that bondage equipment and sadomasochism paraphernalia were
found at the scene.
He was just days from completing a one-year secondment to
MI6 from his job at GCHQ, Britain`s electronic "listening
post" which monitors communications for intelligence purposes,
located in Cheltenham, western England.