The inquest into the death of Gareth Williams, the British spy found dead in a padlocked holdall bag in his own home back in 2010, has concluded — but left just as many questions as it had answered.Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox told a court today that the death was probably “criminally mediated”, the Telegraph reports. However, the inquest could not record a verdict of unlawful killing due to a lack of evidence.
Dr Wilcox did believe, however, that someone had locked the bag that contained Williams, and possibly may have poisoned the spy. She added that she did not believe the death was a result of bondage games, a theory mooted in the past due to Williams’ previous interest in bondage and a wig and woman’s clothing found at the apartment.
The idea that someone killed Williams leaves open many possibilities, not least due to his work with the British intelligence agencies. At the inquest last week a member of MI6, known only as F, denied that his death could be related to his work.
However, recent reports from the BBC suggest that MI6 discovered evidence about the murder but refused to give that evidence to the inquest.
Dr Wilcox admitted at the inquest that between the death and Williams work for MI6 were likely to remain theories forever.
Even after 7 days of inquest and years of investigation “most of the fundamental questions in relation to how Gareth died remain unanswered,” she told the court today.
“It is unlikely this death will ever be satisfactorily explained.”
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