'Bondage link' to London spy murder as police hunt clues

27th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

British police hoped Friday that tests on the body of a spy found murdered in his bathtub would shed more light on his mysterious death, amid a report that bondage equipment was found in his flat.

Gareth Williams, 30, is thought to have been dead for two weeks when his decomposing remains were found in a bag in the bath at his home near the London headquarters of secret intelligence service MI6, where he worked.

As friends painted a picture of Williams as a shy mathematics genius who loved cycling, The Times newspaper reported that police had found bondage gear in his flat and possible evidence linking him to a male escort.

Scotland Yard declined to comment in detail on the investigation but said that officers were awaiting the results of tests on Williams's body after a post-mortem examination failed to determine the precise cause of death.

The tests should reveal details including whether he had been drinking or taking drugs.

It is thought that Williams might have known his killer as there was no sign of forced entry at the flat.

He was just days from completing a one-year secondment to MI6 from his job at GCHQ, Britain's "listening post" which monitors communications for intelligence purposes, located in Cheltenham, western England.

A childhood friend of Williams, Dylan Perry, told London's Evening Standard newspaper that he was highly intelligent but could be easily led.

"He was the kind of person who found it difficult to engage with people on a normal level," Perry said.

His former maths teacher, Geraint Williams, added that Williams had "definitely the best brain" he had ever come across.

"If you explained something once to Gareth, he remembered it. You didn't have to explain it a second time," he said.


© 2010 AFP

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