Mystery: The naked and decomposing body of Gareth Williams, 31, was found locked inside a holdall in the bath of his home in Pimlico, central London, in August 2010
Did MI6 agents 'specialising in dark arts' kill spy in bag? New evidence emerges sparking fresh questions from the victim's family
Gareth Williams's family believe a third party was either present when he died or broke into his home afterwards to destroy evidence
Crime scene forensic scientist’s OWN DNA was found on Mr Williams’s hand
Relatives wanted to know why the alarm was not raised when Mr Williams failed to turn up at work - by then his body was badly decomposed for analysis
It also emerged that a Mediterranean couple police wanted to speak to were irrelevant to Mr Williams’s death
By Chris Greenwood
The MI6 spy whose body was found locked in a sports bag may have been killed by a secret agent, his family said yesterday.
Their barrister suggested a sinister cover-up had left them with no way of knowing how and why Gareth Williams died.
One theory is that he died at the hands of a colleague. Another is that a foreign agent killed him because of his espionage work.
The discovery of the body in his flat near the Secret Service headquarters in London sparked a 20-month police inquiry that has drawn a blank.
At a public hearing yesterday, it emerged that the flat may have been swept clean of evidence, with no fingerprints or DNA anywhere.
It was also revealed that – far from being a back-office worker – Mr Williams had just completed training for deployment on operations.
Other revelations included:
An expert seeking signs of forced entry said he was hampered because the front door had been taken from its hinges and locks removed;
Pathologists still cannot agree on how Mr Williams died. The 31-year-old suffered no visible injuries and could not have locked himself in the bag according to police;
DNA found on his hand that police rated as highly significant was in fact left by a bungling forensic scientist.
The unclothed body of the super-fit maths prodigy was found in a large padlocked North Face bag in the bath of his Government-owned Pimlico flat in August 2010.
The codebreaker from Anglesey, North Wales, had links to London's bondage and gay scene and it had already been suggested a sex game, possibly with a colleague, may have had a tragic end.
But Westminster Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox was told yesterday his grieving family fear whoever is responsible expertly covered up the evidence.
Their barrister Anthony O'Toole rejected the conclusion of an internal MI6 inquiry that Mr Williams's death 'had nothing to do with his work'.
Suspicions: Relatives believe a third party was either present when Gareth Williams died or broke into his home afterwards to destroy evidence, lawyer Anthony O'Toole said
Mr Williams, pictured riding his bike, was found dead inside a body bag similar to the one pictured, right
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