An MI6 spy found dead in a padlocked sports bag had been unhappy living in London and complained about “friction” at the intelligence agency, an inquest has heard.
Gareth Williams (31) hated the post-work drinking culture and “flash car competitions” at the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), his sister said.
He was due to move back to the West Country a week after his naked body was discovered padlocked inside a holdall in the bath of his flat in Pimlico, London, on August 23, 2010.
The inquest into Mr Williams's mysterious death began yesterday with evidence that Scotland Yard detectives were not able to speak to his MI6 colleagues directly. Instead specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command had to carry out the interviews.
The spy's sister, Ceri Subbe, told the inquest her brother was excited when he began what was supposed to be a three-year secondment from GCHQ, but became disillusioned with the atmosphere at MI6's Vauxhall Cross headquarters in London.
She said she did not believe Mr Williams would let a potential killer into his upmarket London flat.
The inquest continues today.