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MI6 spy found naked in bag had visited bondage sites

Duncan Gardham in London

Published 23/12/2010 | 05:00

A British spy whose naked body was found padlocked in a sports bag had been visiting bondage websites and drag clubs and had a £15,000 (€17,600) collection of women's clothing, police have disclosed.

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Officers investigating the death of Gareth Williams, a GCHQ code-breaker who was on secondment to MI6, have released details of his unusual private life and explained the extraordinary riddle that surrounds his death.

While the death is officially described as "suspicious" rather than murder, officers also released e-fits of a Mediterranean couple who visited the flat a few weeks later and let themselves in with a key.

Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, the head of Scotland Yard's murder squad, said he was aware that the details would be "embarrassing, hurtful and distressing" for Mr Williams's family but said they supported the appeal for anyone who had encountered him in the nightclubs, online or at women's clothing shops to come forward.

"We are very sure that someone else was in that flat. We want to know the circumstances when you would leave somebody in that position, by accident or design," he said.

Detective Chief Inspector Jacqueline Sebire, who is leading the inquiry, described Mr Williams (31) from Anglesey in Wales, as an "intensely private person" who kept his way of life hidden.

His body was found in a red North Face holdall on August 23 after he failed to turn up to work at MI6's headquarters at Vauxhall Cross in London.

Clothing

Inside his flat in Pimlico, central London, police found half a dozen boxes with neatly folded, apparently unused, women's designer clothing and shoes, along with a number of wigs. They were in small sizes that would have fitted Mr Williams, who was 5ft 8in tall and weighed around nine stone.

The labels included Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Christian Louboutin shoes, and the collection came to around £15,000 (€17,600).

Mr Williams was not in debt, police said, and there were no signs that unaccounted-for sums of money had been paid in to or left his bank account.

Unknown to his family and colleagues, Mr Williams had attended two short courses in fashion design at the Central St Martin's College of Art and Design in London.

Mr Williams had recently visited the West Coast of the US for his work, which involved working on computers and intercept techniques, and combined the trip with a holiday.

He arrived back in Britain on August 11 and two days later went to the Bistrotheque restaurant and bar in east London to watch Jimmy Woo, a drag artist.

CCTV showed him wearing cream trousers and a blue T-shirt. "He went alone and left alone," Ms Sebire said.

The spy also had two single tickets for two other drag acts at the Vauxhall Tavern in south London, not far from MI6 headquarters, for each of the following weekends.

Examination of his personal laptop and personal mobile phone showed that he had visited five separate bondage websites. Computer and phone records do not show whether he chatted to anyone online, but some of the sites had chat forums, police said.

The sites were said to be primarily pictures of women and "how to" guides and Mr Williams visited them on only four occasions this year. There was no sign that he had visited any pornographic websites. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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