Daily summary of Gareth Williams inquest

Posted on: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A day-by-day roundup of the main evidence at the inquest into the death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams.


MI6 spy Gareth Williams, 31, was found locked inside a bag at his flat in Pimlico, south London, on August 23, 2010.

Case summary on murdermap - MI6 Spy Mystery: Gareth Williams

The inquest into the death of Gareth Williams began at Westminster Coroners Court (sitting in Marylebone) on April 23, 2012.

Witness List:

1. Barry May - coroner's officer. ID and background.
2. Ceri Subbe - sister. Personal background.
3. PC John Gallagher - first officer on scene.
4. Vanessa Scott - estate agent.
5. DS Paul Colgan.

Start of investigation

6. DCI Jackie Sebire. Lines of command/set scene/photographs/exhibits.
7. Supt Michael Broster

Background - friends
8. Sian Jones.
9. Elizabeth Guthrie

Further background

10. Jennifer Elliot
11. Armelle Blanchard
12. Pierparolo Pittari
13. Carol Kirtin
14. Celia Wain-Heapy
15. Cheryl Eastap
16. Magdalena Kolakowska

Background work

17. Witness K
18. Witness F
19. Witness G
20. Stephen Gale.
21. SIS F
22. Helen Yelland

Cause of death

23. Denise Stanworth. Summary of toxicology.
24. Dr Jennifer Miller. Stomach content analysis.
25. William Mackay. Bag expert.
26 Peter Faulding. Bag expert.
28. Dr Ian Calder. Pathologist - post-mortem hypercapnia.
29. Dr Benjamin Swift. Pathologist - post-mortem.
30. Dr Richard Shepherd. Pathologist - post-mortem.

Scene examination - computers and pyhones.

31. DC SImon Warren.
32. DC Roberts Burrows
33. Mark Hutcheson.


34. Gary Pugh - head of forensics, MET
35. Steve Allen. LGC - managing director.
36. Paul Stafford Allen - LGC.
37. Ros Hammond - LGC.
38. Tony Larkin - LGC.

Conclusions - police investiations and round up of evidential issues

39. DCI Jackie Sebire.

Day One (April 23): The inquest into the death of a spy who was found locked inside a bag at his flat has heard criminal charges are still possible.

Gareth Williams inquest told charges still a 'real possibility' - Guardian

The Daily Telegraph reports that Gareth Williams hated London and wanted to leave London. It also has a timeline of events and a profile of Gareth Williams.

Gareth Williams was scrupulous risk assessor - BBC

Family tell inquest Gareth Williams was unhappy living in London - This is Gloucestershire

Day Two (April 24): Another person's DNA was found on the zip toggle and padlock of the bag containing Gareth Williams' body.

Traces of mystery DNA found on body-in-the-bag spy holdall - Mirror

MI6 held internal investigation into death of spy - Daily Telegraph

Parents walk out as jury shown video footage of body in bag - Evening Standard

Lady's orange wig, lipstick and five regrets of the dying - items found in flat - Mail Online - including a graphic model of the flat and the bag.

Pictures released of the interior of Gareth Williams' flat:

Day Three (April 25): A friend insists Gareth Williams was not a transvestite despite the women's clothes found in his flat.

Williams had no interest in cross-dressing - BBC

MI6 Spy was not a transvestite - Daily Telegraph

Gareth Williams used another name - Independent

Gareth Williams tied himself to bed and had to be freed by landlady - Evening Standard

Day Four (April 26): The death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams 'was unlikely to have been due to his work', the inquest hears. However he did make himself vulnerable by making unauthorised searches of secret files, said an MI6 officer.

Gareth Williams' intelligence work was 'low-risk' - Guardian

No evidence of secret service cover-up - BBC

Gareth Williams had traces of alcohol and GHB in his body - Mail Online

Relatives break down as inquest hears MI6 did not notice Gareth Williams missing - Telegraph

Day Five (April 27): Experts tried and failed 100 times to lock themselves in a bag like MI6 spy Gareth Williams - but insist it is not impossible.

MI6 spy could have shut himself in bag - Guardian

Video footage of expert climbing into bag in bath - BBC

Even Houdini could not have locked himself in the bag - Telegraph

Day 6 (April 30):  A pathologist tells the inquest that poisoning and asphyxiation are the 'foremost contenders' for the cause of Gareth Williams' death.

MI6 officer possibly poisoned or asphyxiated - BBC

DNA from two others found on bag - Mail Online

Day 7 (May 1): It emerges that detectives were not told about all Gareth Williams' possessions - including nine memory sticks and a holdall similar to that at the centre of the case.

Gareth Williams' evidence not shared - Guardian

MI6 kept Gareth Williams' computer memory sticks from police - Telegraph

Coroner criticises MI6 investigation into spy's death - Independent

Day 8 (May 2): The coroner sums up and gives her narrative verdict. No evidence Gareth was killed by an MI6 colleague but it remains a legitimate line of inquiry.

Mystery of his death may never be solved - Guardian

Coroner rules out unlawful killing verdict - Evening Standard

Coroner rules out murder due to lack of evidence - Mail Online

The missing hours before his death - BBC

Gareth Williams: The codebreaker with a secret double life - Telegraph

Gareth Williams' death was criminally mediated - Guardian

Gareth WIlliams 'probably killed unlawfully' - BBC

Gareth Williams verdict: Unanswered Questions - Telegraph

Statement by Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire at the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Gareth Williams:

“We have heard seven days’ worth of evidence pouring over the life and death of Gareth this week. In summary, as I said in my evidence yesterday, he was a brilliant young man who served his country with distinction.

"I have always been satisfied that a third party may have been involved in his death, and the coroner has confirmed that in her findings today.

"The inquest has raised several new lines of enquiry and the investigation will now refocus and actively pursue all the evidence heard and all the new lines of enquiry.

“His naked body was found in the most suspicious of circumstances. It is highly likely that a third party was involved in Gareth's death and I urge anyone who knew Gareth or who had contact with him to search their conscience and come forward with any information about what happened that night, on 16 August 2010.

" I would also ask anybody with any information to please come forward and speak to me or speak to my team to give Gareth's family some peace and allow them to grieve and move on."

Anyone with information can ring the incident room number on 020 8358 0200, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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