Fam­ily of mur­dered spy in shock over lurid claims of dou­ble life

The Scotsman - - Features - aN­guS HowartH

THE fam­ily of a mur­dered Bri­tish spy were re­ported to be in a “state of shock” yes­ter­day as lurid claims emerged about his pri­vate life.

Scot­land Yard de­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate whether GCHQ codes ex­pert Gareth Wil­liams, 30, lived a dou­ble life.

The maths ge­nius, who was on sec­ond­ment to MI6, was found dead in a sports holdall in the bath of his Govern­ment flat on Mon­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have be­gun pick­ing through his pri­vate life, amid claims he has been linked to a male es­cort, and bondage equip­ment was found in his home.

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion sug­gested these lat­est claims were not true, rais­ing ques­tions about where they came from.

Rel­a­tive Wil­liam Hughes, 62, a councillor on An­gle­sey, said there was no ev­i­dence that the al­le­ga­tions were cor­rect.

Mr Hughes, a cousin of Mr Wil­liams’ mother, Ellen, said: “I have spo­ken to Gareth’s par­ents and they are not do­ing well at all. They are in a state of shock and strug­gling to come to terms with what has hap­pened.

“They have seen what has been in the pa­pers and they are very, very up­set about these un­truths. I don’t see any ev­i­dence of it.

“It never crossed my mind that Gareth was that sort of per­son. He left home at a young age and what hap­pened in his pri­vate life was his busi­ness.

“When you have these ru­mours in the pa­pers, it is most dis­tress­ing,” Mr Hughes said.

“It is heart­break­ing that he has died so young and his fam­ily have enough on their plate with­out hav­ing to read these sto­ries.”

Gareth Wil­liams: claims of a link to a male es­cort

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