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Dead British spy was padlocked in bag

A British spy found dead in the bathtub of his London flat last month had been padlocked inside a bag, an inquest into his death heard on Wednesday.

Gareth Williams, 30, is thought to have been dead for two weeks when his decomposing remains were found on August 23 at his home near the headquarters of secret intelligence service MI6, where he worked.

Coroner Dr Paul Knapman told Westminster Coroners’ Court that Williams was found in a bag that was “padlocked shut”, and that the body was in an advanced state of decay, a court spokeswoman said.

The cause of death had not yet been established but a pathologist found Williams had not been stabbed or shot and there were no obvious signs of strangulation, the spokeswoman said.

Tests are still underway to determine if he had been drinking or taking drugs.

The family of Williams, described by friends as a shy mathematics genius, expressed anger last week over reports that bondage equipment and sadomasochism paraphernalia were found at the scene.

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