GARETH Williams, the MI6 spy, was discovered tied to his own bed wearing only boxer shorts three years before he was found dead, naked in a sports bag, an inquest heard yesterday.
The maths prodigy was living alone in Cheltenham in 2007 when he had to call for help in the middle of the night. His landlady and landlord, who lived below him, heard his yells and were met with the "shocking" scene, Westminster coroners' court heard.
The incident was disclosed in a written statement from the landlady, Jennifer Elliot, at the inquest into the death of Mr Williams, whose decomposing body was found in a holdall in the bath of his London flat in 2010. One of the theories surrounding his death included suggestions that he had been involved in a sex game that went wrong.
Searches of his home computers showed that he visited "claustrophilia", bondage and sadomasochism websites, the inquest heard.
However, a senior counter-terrorism officer said he could not guarantee that Mr Williams's work computers had not been tampered with after his death.
It also emerged that the spy regularly bought women's clothing at an upmarket store, claiming that they were for his girlfriend. Police found women's clothing, shoes and wigs valued at more than £20,000 in his flat.
The inquest heard that in 2007, Mr Williams was living in an annexe above Jennifer and Brian Elliot's home in Cheltenham, when the couple heard cries for help at about 1.30am one winter night. They let themselves in and discovered Mr Williams lying on his back with both hands tied to the bedposts and wearing only boxer shorts.
The spy did not "appear aroused", Mrs Elliot said.
Mr Elliot cut him free, adding: "Gareth, we cannot have you doing this."
Mr Williams offered to pay more rent but Mrs Elliot refused. The three never spoke about the incident again.
The hearing continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)