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Spy’s body was found in padlocked holdall

The decomposing body of British code-breaker Gareth Williams (above) was found padlocked shut in a holdall in a bath in his flat, an inquest heard yesterday.

The cause of death is yet to be established after he was discovered in the Government flat on August 23, Westminster Coroner's Court heard. Police broke into the top floor flat in Alderney Street, Pimlico, central London, after Mr Williams failed to turn up at work for several days.

Coroner Dr Paul Knapman revealed he was found in a bag which was “padlocked shut” and the corpse appeared to be in an “advanced state of decay”.

A post-mortem examination on August 25 failed to establish a cause of death and investigations are continuing, the court heard.

The inquest was adjourned to September 8. The 30-year-old was last seen alive eight days before his body was found.

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