UK ‘spy in bag’ case to remain a mystery?

A coroner on Wednesday said that it was “unlikely” that the details of the UK spy`s death could ever be explained.

Updated: May 03, 2012, 00:51 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

London: The case of a MI6 spy in Britain, whose naked body was found in a bag in his bathtub could remain a mystery as a coroner on Wednesday said that it was “unlikely” that the details could ever be explained.

Gareth Williams, a high-flying codebreaker with the MI6 external intelligence agency, was probably unlawfully killed in 2010, coroner Fiona Wilcox said on the final day of investigation.

"I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that Gareth was killed unlawfully," said Wilcox.

She told the inquest she was "satisfied" that "a third party moved the bag containing Gareth into the bath" in his London flat.

The inquest had heard that experts were unable to agree how Williams had died.

The hearings focused on whether he could have locked himself into the holdall as part of a lone sex act, after examination of his computer showed he had visited bondage websites.

But Wilcox said it was "highly unlikely" that the 31-year-old could have got inside the red North Face holdall alone and observed that the surfaces around the bathtub were strangely clear of any evidence.

"If Gareth had been carrying out some kind of peculiar experiment, he wouldn`t care if he left any foot- or fingerprints," Wilcox concluded.

Williams said she did not have enough evidence to give a definitive verdict of unlawful killing, and instead delivered a two-hour narrative verdict listing all the possibilities.

The inquest heard last week from experts who had failed to padlock themselves into bags identical to Williams`, despite several hundred attempts. One expert said escapologist Harry Houdini "would have struggled" to pull off the feat.
Williams` family said before the inquest they believe secret agents versed in the "dark arts" tried to cover up his death.

With PTI inputs