Mystery shrouds UK spy’s death

2010-08-26 14:03

kalahari.com

London - Further tests were being carried out Thursday on the body of a British spy whose remains were found in a bag in the bathtub of his London flat.

Police discovered the remains of Gareth Williams, 30, on Monday in the top-floor flat of an upmarket building within walking distance of the headquarters of the foreign intelligence agency MI6 on the River Thames.

His decomposing remains were found stuffed in a holdall in the bath of the flat in Pimlico. Police believe he may have been killed at least two weeks ago.

A first post-mortem examination on Wednesday failed to establish a cause of death.

No signs of forced entry

Despite speculation he may have been targeted because of his job, police have said the investigation was focusing on the cycling enthusiast's personal life.

Detectives suspect Williams might have known his killer as there was no sign of forced entry at the flat.

Williams was days from completing a one-year secondment to the headquarters of MI6 from his job at Britain's communication monitoring centre GCHQ in Cheltenham, western England.

Police have trawled through his cellphone and financial records as well as CCTV footage from streets and businesses near his home.

His home has been searched extremely carefully amid fears that top-secret material could have gone missing.

Private person

His family have described him as an intensely private man who never talked about his work.

His cousin, William Hughes, said: "The last time I saw Gareth was just a few months ago at a family party and he was fine.

"He was always a quiet person, he was from a young age, but this is a close family and we all see each other quite regularly at family occasions."

The cousin said he never knew Williams to bring home a partner, describing him as a "very, very private person".

Williams started a postgraduate mathematics qualification at Cambridge University in 2000 but dropped out a year later to join the intelligence service.
 

- SAPA

Read more on:    mi6  |  uk  |  espionage
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Monday Bellville - 18:27 PM
    Road name: Strand Road Eastbound
    DELAYS between Old Paarl Road and the R300 Highway
  • Monday Langa - 18:24 PM
    Road name: N2 Outbound
    DELAYS between the M5 Highway and the Bhunga Avenue exit due to an accident on the opposite carriageway
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3795.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong emphasis on relationships. Obsession, emotional disputes, retaliation or competitive actions are highlighted....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.