Session 1. Monday Morning, April 23, 2012
  • Coroner Fiona Wilcox
  • Witness: Barry May, coroner's office manager
  • Statement from: Ceri Subbe, Gareth's sister

Session 2. Monday Afternoon, April 23, 2012
  • Witness: PC John Gallagher, who was on foot patrol and went to Gareth's flat
  • Witness: Vanessa Scott, estate agent who provided keys to police
  • Witness: DS Paul Colgan, who followed John Gallagher into the flat
  • Witness: Det. Chief Supt. Hamish Campbell

Session 3. Tuesday Morning, April 24, 2012
  • Witness: DCI Jackie Sebire, Senior Investigating Officer
  • Video of the scene

Session 4. Tuesday Afternoon, April 24, 2012
  • Witness: DCI Jackie Sebire
  • Witness: Sian Lloyd-Jones: Gareth's friend

Session 5. Wednesday Morning, April 25, 2012
  • Witness: Gareth's friend Elizabeth Guthrie
  • Witness: SO15 Supt. Michael Broster, who led the search at MI6 HQ
  • Statement from: a police officer who was on duty the night the body was found
  • Statement from: Jennifer Elliot: Gareth's Cheltenham landlady
  • Statement from: Carol Kirton: sold Gareth a pair of shoes
  • Statement from: Cheryl Eastap: taught Gareth at Central Saint Martins,
  • Statement from: Magdalena Kolakowska: waitress at Patisserie Valerie

Session 6. Wednesday Afternoon, April 25, 2012
  • Witness: Witness K, who worked with Gareth in Cheltenham
  • Witness: Witness F, who worked at GCHQ
  • Witness: Witness G, who was Gareth's manager at MI6

Session 7. Thursday Morning, April 26, 2012
  • Witness: SIS F, representing MI6
  • Witness:  Helen Yelland from GCHQ, who reported Gareth missing 

Session 8. Thursday Afternoon, April 26, 2012
  • Witness: Stephen Gale, a retired GCHQ officer
  • Witness: Denise Stanworth, forensic scientist from LGC
  • Statement from: Dr. Jennifer Miller, re: stomach contents

Session 9. Friday Morning, April 27, 2012
  • Witness: William MacKay, expert in confined spaces
  • Witness: Peter Fauldin, bag expert

Session 10. Friday Afternoon, April 27, 2012
  • Witness: DC Robert Burrows, who examined Gareth's phones
  • Witness: Gareth's line manager at GCHQ

Session 11. Monday Morning, April 30, 2012
  • Witness: Benjamin Swift, pathologist who performed the first post-mortem
  • Witness: Ian Calder, pathologist who performed the second post-mortem
  • Witness: Richard Shepherd, pathologist representing the coroner's office
  • Witness: Barry May from the coroner's office
  • Statement from: Tony Larkin, forensic scientist from LGC

Session 12. Monday Afternoon, April 30, 2012
  • Witness: Ros Hammond, forensic scientist
  • Witness: Steve Allen, manager from LGC
  • Witness: Gary Pugh, Metro Police forensics 

Session 13. Tuesday Morning, May 1, 2012
  • Witness: DCI Jackie Sebire
  • Witness: DC Colin Hall, who went to MI6 offices after Gareth's body was discovered
  • Witness: Ros Hammon, forensic scientist from LGC

Session 14. Tuesday Afternoon, May 1, 2012
  • Witness: SO15 Supt. Michael Broster, who led the search at MI6 HQ
  • Witness: Witness D, who managed Witness G
  • Witness: Gareth's GCHQ team leader
  • Witness: DCI Jackie Sebire

Session 15. Wednesday, May 2, 2012
  • Coroner Fiona Wilcox

Session 15. Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SESSION 15. Wednesday, May 2, 2012
CORONER: Fiona Wilcox
8:45@skynewsgathererLegal submissions have begun in Gareth Williams inquest
8:46@skynewsgathererBarrister for SIS says that an unlawful killing option is not open to coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox
8:47@skynewsgathererCoroner agrees there is insufficient evidence for unlawful killing verdict and says narrative verdict is most suitable option
8:52@skynewsgathererCoroner says she will be making an assessment of reliability and credibility of the evidence
8:56@skynewsgathererCoroner says she will try to deliver before lunch. It could take up to 2 hours as it runs to "many pages"
8:56@stone_skynewsCoroner in Gareth Williams inquest says she cant see any other option for verdict other than narrative or open verdict
8:56@stone_skynewsThe coroner says that an open verdict would not give weight to the considerable evidence heard in the inquest
8:56@stone_skynewsCoroner says there isnt enough evidence to consider a verdict of unlawful killing. Looks like it will be a narrative verdict
8:56@stone_skynewsA narrative verdict is an option open to a coroner when other verdict options don't fit case. It's a short factual statement outlining facts
8:56@stone_skynewsA narrative verdict does leave open the option to include any failures by any party relevant to circumstances of the death
10:18@skynewsgathererVerdict in inquest into death of Gareth Williams will now not be until at least noon
10:21@stone_skynewsBREAKING NEWS - Spy Death: Unlawful killing verdict ruled out. Video analysis here:
10:57@skynewsgathererPolice and family friends taking their seats in coroner's court ahead of narrative verdict into the death of Gareth Williams
11:03@stone_skynewsFor updates on verdict in the Gareth Williams inquest follow my colleague @skynewsgatherer & look back at her fascinating twitter timeline
11:04@skynewsgathererGareth's family have now arrived in court ahead of verdict
11:08@skynewsgathererCoroner Dr Fiona Wilcox begins summing up the evidence in inquest for death of Gareth Williams
11:08@skynewsgathererCoroner says she is unable to include speculation in her narrative verdict or express opinion or criminal liability
11:09@skynewsgatherer"This not a trial this is an enquiry," says Dr Wilcox
11:10@skynewsgathererCoroner can however comment on the "robustness" of the evidence presented before her
11:12@skynewsgathererCoroner decides which evidence she accepts and does not have to accept evidence from an expert - even if it is unchallenged
11:12@skynewsgathererUnlikely that this death will ever be satisfactorily explained, says coroner
11:13@skynewsgathererCoroner says there has been a lot of speculation but little evidence. Fundamental question as to cause of death still unanswered
11:14@skynewsgathererCoroner going through sequence of events which led to Gareth being found in padlocked bag in bath
11:16@skynewsgathererCoroner says following cordon established there was no unauthorised entry by MI6 or SO15 officers or 3rd party
11:17@skynewsgathererCoroner explaining how Supt Michael Broster of SO15 acted as conduit between SIS and murder squad
11:18@skynewsgathererThe fact that no statements taken from MI6 officers affected quality of evidence at inquest says coroner
11:19@skynewsgathererCoroner accepts that MI6 sealed and protected Gareth's possessions at his workplace
11:20@skynewsgathererCoroner outlining chain of command, and reviews of police investigation
11:24@skynewsgathererCoroner says Supt Broster had either disregarded rules for gathering evidence or events were not as given in court
11:25@skynewsgathererBroster told court he seized Gareth's phone from work cabinet, took it back to Scotland Yard the handed it to another officer
11:27@skynewsgathererBag, memory sticks, leave card and keys were not known to either coroner or lead police officer until last TWO days of evidence
11:27@skynewsgathererCoroner says this questions reliability of the evidence
11:28@skynewsgathererCoroner: no evidence that Gareth died at hands of SIS colleague but still a legitimate line of enquiry as Gareth socialised with so few people
11:30@skynewsgathererCoroner: It was not Broster's role to decide on evidence. How could he act as conduit if he didn't pass info on?
11:31@skynewsgathererCoroner says she had considered adjourning verdict for further investigation
11:32@skynewsgathererCoroner now turning to chronology of last days of Gareth's life
11:36@skynewsgathererCoroner says MI6 should not have been allowed to analyse memory sticks and it wouldn't have happened if it was another agency
11:36@skynewsgathererCoroner remarks how clean and tidy Gareth's flat was - and the heating was on in August
11:38@skynewsgathererNo signs of robbery at Gareth's flat, says coroner as she lists items found at flat
11:39@skynewsgathererItems included CDs, bike gear, and 20k of women's high end clothing. No women's underwear
11:40@skynewsgathererBath robe and duvet on floor were "incongruous" with neatly folded clothes on bed, coroner says
11:41@skynewsgathererCoroner describing bag, padlock and the fact that Gareth's body appeared to be peaceful
11:43@skynewsgathererKey that fitted padlock were found in bag, and another on set of keyrings on bedside cabinet
11:44@skynewsgathererNo trace of semen inside or outside bag Gareth's body found in
11:45@skynewsgathererCoroner says fingerprints that were NOT found are more significant. No prints on bath where expected
11:46@skynewsgathererOver 300 house to house enquires made, court told
11:48@skynewsgathererCoroner outlining how extra time & resources were put into looking for 3rd party after mistake was made in logging DNA evidence
11:49@skynewsgathererCoroner says Gareth was extremely intelligent and close to his family, with a sharp sense of humour. Also keen cyclist
11:50@skynewsgathererGareth was fell runner with passion for the mountains, interested in art, fashion, music and Japanese cartoons
11:51@skynewsgathererCoroner says interest in Manga was important piece of evidence and will come back to it
11:52@skynewsgathererGareth was a clearly private person, he had few friends - no friends visited his flat. He was single at time of death, says coroner
11:53@skynewsgathererEven Gareth's friends and family did not know he had been on fashion courses
11:55@skynewsgathererGareth's sister describes him as cautious risk assessor. Which coroner says is difficult to "square" with suggestion of bondage interest
11:56@skynewsgathererIf Gareth had interest in bondage Coroner says that she would have expected more Internet searching
11:57@skynewsgathererCoroner says she finds it "highly unlikely" that Gareth got into the bag as part of bondage
11:58@skynewsgathererIf Gareth had got into bag he would have taken knife in with him because he was a risk assessor, says coroner
12:00@skynewsgathererThere's no evidence of semen to suggest autoeroticism, says coroner. Also no evidence that Gareth was interested in cross dressing
12:00@skynewsgathererMost of women's clothes would have been too small for Gareth and lack of female underwear was "inconsistent"
12:01@skynewsgathererMake up and website browsing was more likely to be have been due his interest in Manga rather than being transvestite
12:03@skynewsgatherer1000 pound boots found at Gareth's flat would have fitted his sister
12:06@skynewsgathererCoroner questions whether leaks to the media about Gareth cross dressing were attempts to manipulate the evidence
12:08@skynewsgathererCoroner now turning to Gareth's state of mind
12:09@skynewsgathererGareth had asked to go back to GCHQ and move was not initiated by MI6. No one who knew him had worries about him
12:10@skynewsgathererNo evidence that Gareth wanted to leave and set up his own business or that he was being followed
12:14@skynewsgathererCoroner says Gareth had "robust" finances. He spent a lot of money on fashion collection but there's no evidence of debt
12:15@skynewsgathererNo evidence of suicide intent, says coroner
12:16@skynewsgathererCoroner says she is half way through her summing up
12:21@skynewsgathererCoroner going through evidence from MI6 workers and the fact it took a week to report Gareth missing
12:23@skynewsgathererCoroner says credibility of evidence difficult to accept - it not very often that MI6 officers are found in such peculiar circumstances
12:25@skynewsgathererWitness G says he had not seen holiday request card despite it being in a shared cupboard
12:26@skynewsgathererCoroner says Witness G had ample evidence to know Gareth was missing as he had failed to turn up at meetings
12:28@skynewsgathererThe fact that Witness G couldn't remember when he last saw Gareth was 'beginning to stretch the bounds of credibility' says coroner
12:32@skynewsgathererNothing was done to try and find Gareth until Aug 20th says corner. Witness G says it was 17th
12:33@skynewsgathererPhone records shows that no calls were made to Gareth's phone on 17th
12:35@skynewsgathererCoroner now turns to whether any evidence of interference with crime scene
12:37@skynewsgathererDCI Sebire had stated that there was no evidence that the bag had been washed and following 23 Aug crime scene was protected
12:37@skynewsgathererCoroner says its pure speculation that flat was entered by someone between 16th and 23rd Aug 2010
12:41@skynewsgathererCoroner says how Gareth's personal risk was not increased after he and team won award for "world class" project
12:42@skynewsgathererGareth had never worked "operationally" overseas and had never been to Afghanistan
12:43@skynewsgathererThere was no reason to think Gareth's death was connected to his work, says coroner
12:44@skynewsgatherer"Once more, lots of speculation and no evidence," says coroner
12:45@skynewsgathererGareth's body had minor unexplained injuries says coroner. No evidence of strangulation or defensive injuries
12:46@skynewsgathererPathologists agreed that although cause of death was unascertained only 2 possibilities. Suffocation or poisoning
12:46@skynewsgathererCoroner says she accepts that cause of death was unnatural
12:48@skynewsgathererCoroner says it is possible Gareth entered bag voluntarily outside bathroom and moved - but she says unlikely
12:49@skynewsgathererGrazes on elbows could have been caused by attempt by Gareth to reach the lock - however no evidence that he tried to escape
12:50@skynewsgatherer"On balance more likely that Gareth entered the bag alive & died soon afterwards either by hypercapnia or effects of unknown poison"
12:51@skynewsgathererCoroner says she cannot be sure death was unlawful
12:53@skynewsgatherer(Hypercapnia is too much carbon dioxide in blood)
12:54@skynewsgathererCoroner turns to bag expert evidence. Inquest heard from 2 people who tried to lock themselves into similar XL North Face holdall
12:58@skynewsgathererCororer: Either Gareth got in bag and moved to bath by 3rd party or was put in bag by 3rd party
12:59@skynewsgathererCoroner says that she is satisfied that 3rd party moved bag containing Gareth into the bath
13:00@skynewsgathererPoisoning remains a possibility as to how Gareth died says Coroner
13:01@skynewsgathererIt's remotely possible that Gareth was found dead in bag and moved - but why would 3rd party clean up if not involved, asks coroner
13:02@skynewsgathererHow did bag get in bath? It didn't levitate there. Why would the heating be on during a hot time of the year? Asks coroner
13:03@skynewsgathererCoroner says she had not seen any evidence of motive or direct causation of death. Or who 3rd party might be
13:04@skynewsgathererCoroner cannot return unlawful killing as she cannot be sure. She also discounts all other short term verdicts and chooses narrative verdict
13:05@skynewsgathererCoroner says wiped phone also raises questions as to whether it was used to arrange meeting
13:06@skynewsgathererCoroner says that on balance of probabilities Gareth was killed unlawfully
13:07@skynewsgathererCause of Gareth's death was unnatural and likely to have been "criminal" says coroner
13:08@skynewsgathererCoroner says Gareth's death was "criminally mediated"
13:10@skynewsgathererCoroner concludes by thanking barristers and DCI Jackie Sebire, officer in charge of case
13:10@skynewsgathererCoroner also passes sympathy to Gareth's family. "Nothing can be said to bring your son back to you," she says
13:12@skynewsgathererCoroner says death was criminally mediated - as yet death not treated as murder by Met, but as suspicious
13:28@skynewsgathererPhotographers waiting for statement from Gareth Williams family
13:40@skynewsgathererMI6 chief apologises "unreservedly" to Mr Williams's family over way inquiry hampered by his colleagues failing to react
13:44@skynewsgathererFamily statement on @SkyNews
13:45@skynewsgathererFamily disappointed in failures by MI6 to make possible evidence available to police
13:46@skynewsgathererFamily thank DCI Jackie Sebire. Say they miss Gareth every single day
13:54@skynewsgathererDCI Jackie Sebire says police now chasing new lines of enquiry raised during inquest
16:01@skynewsgathererAwaiting statement at New Scotland Yard for Met Police response to criticisms arising from Gareth Williams inquest
16:05@skynewsgathererStatement expected any minute from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt. It will be on @SkyNews
16:08@skynewsgathererMet: review launched into exhibit handling in Gareth Williams investigation
16:40@skynewsgathererPolice appeal for anyone with info relating to death of Gareth Williams to call incident room on 0208 358 0200 or crimestoppers
END OF SESSION 15. Wednesday Morning/Afternoon, May 2, 2012

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Session 14. Tuesday Afternoon, May 1, 2012

SESSION 14. Tuesday Afternoon, May 1, 2012
12:39@skynewsgathererInquest into death of Gareth Williams resumes after lunch break. Not surprisingly Supt Michael Broster is back
WITNESS: Michael Broster
12:42@skynewsgathererSupt led search at MI6 building. He says he didn't search himself but when cabinet was opened iPhone was 'immediately obvious'
12:44@skynewsgathererSupt Broster confirms he seized iPhone from cabinet on Gareth's office at MI6
12:48@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says he can't remember if cabinet was sealed on his first visit to Gareth's office on 26th
12:50@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says he played no part in search. That was done by earlier witness DC Hall
12:52@skynewsgathereriPhone seized by Supt Broster was not put in exhibits bag until it was back at Scotland Yard
12:54@skynewsgathererCoroner: "Did you tell DC Hall you had seized it so it could be noted in log?" Broster: "I can't recall, it maybe that I neglected do that,"
12:57@skynewsgathererThe cabinet was used by Gareth and his colleagues. Gareth's possessions were mainly found on 2nd shelf
12:59@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says he was only told of the black bag after he had returned NSY. He didn't notice it during search of office
13:01@skynewsgathererSupt Broster confirms that no inventory made of Gareth's possessions at office. He says only relevant items should be seized
13:02@skynewsgathererCoroner asking how DC Hall should identify "relevant" items
13:03@skynewsgathererSupt being asked about 9 memory sticks - which murder squad not told about
13:04@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says memory cards were not brought to his attention at time of first search
13:06@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says they were first identified in an inventory created by SIS in Sept 2011
13:07@skynewsgathererA second inventory had list of 30 different sorts of things from Gareth's box folder. One just says misc items
13:08@skynewsgathererSupt Broster admits these inventories were not shared with senior investigating officer. He did not know what misc items were
13:09@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says had he given these to murder squad team it wouldn't have helped investigation
13:12@skynewsgathererCoroner reminds Supt Broster that he had previously given evidence that investigation was not hampered by SO15's involvement
13:13@skynewsgathererCoroner asking why items were not seized when Supt Broster was told about them in 2011
13:14@skynewsgathererSupt says he could not attribute items as having been used by Gareth. Despite inventory listed as "content of Gareth's tray"
13:16@skynewsgatherer"If this had been given to you by any other type of agency you would have seized it," asks coroner
13:17@skynewsgatherer"I am suggesting that you are not being completely impartial in this case" says Coroner. "I am completely impartial" says Broster
13:18@skynewsgatherer"In hindsight it's something that SO15 could have done," says Broster when asked if SO15 should have examined memory sticks
13:19@skynewsgatherer"It seems DCI Sebire has been relying on communications with the agencies on you," says Coroner
13:19@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says that he passed all relevant information on to murder squad team
13:22@skynewsgathererSupt Broster, of Met's counter terror team, says he is impartial despite allowing MI6 to examine memory sticks
13:34@skynewsgathererSupt Broster: "I am not saying a member of SIS isn't involved. I don't know. It might have been SIS, or someone unconnected"
13:40@skynewsgathererSupt Broster says keys found were for the office - he was told this by SIS. He didn't check
13:40@stone_skynewsMore curious evidence this pm from Gareth Williams inquest. Too much to tweet it all but interesting observation now from Police witness..
13:40@stone_skynewsDiscussing why certain items of evidence at MI6 weren't seized, Police officer says Met can't just walk into MI6 & do what they want
13:42@skynewsgathererFamily lawyer:" So if person who killed Gareth is a member if SIS, you don't investigate because SIS is trustworthy?"
13:42@stone_skynewsPolice officer admits that MI6 were left to examine memory sticks to see what was on them. Police never seized the sticks. Gareth Williams
13:46@stone_skynewsCoroner suggests to police witness that he is not an impartial investigator. "an impartial investigator would have seized items themselves"
13:46@skynewsgathererLawyer for SIS says a receipt for hotel bill from Las Vegas was also seized but both Supt Broster and DC Hall had no knowledge of this
13:52@stone_skynewsFamily lawyer asks cop: "so if the person who killed Gareth Williams was a member of SIS (MI6) you would do nothing to investigate because.
13:52@stone_skynews... you believed that organisation to be trustworthy?" Cop says don't put words into my mouth. He insists MI6 have been fully cooperative
13:54@skynewsgathererRT @Stone_SkyNews: Family lawyer asks cop: "so if the person who killed Gareth Williams was a member of SIS (MI6) you would do nothing t ..
13:55@skynewsgathererRT @Stone_SkyNews: ... you believed that organisation to be trustworthy?" Cop says don't put words into my mouth. He insists MI6 have be ..
13:58@skynewsgathererInquest adjourned for screens to be put up in court to shield identity of next witness
14:02@skynewsgathererAnonymous witness is being described a SIS D - no further details of who it is yet
14:20@skynewsgathererInquest resumes SIS D is the manager of Gareth's line manager (witness G)
WITNESS: Witness D
14:22@skynewsgathererSIS D's signature was on Gareth's annual leave card. Witness says he would do this if line manager was away
14:24@skynewsgathererWitness D says other than the card there we no other records of leave booked
14:25@skynewsgathererWitness knew Gareth had not been in work and was told that HR had been informed
14:28@skynewsgathererWitness D says he was not passed any specific information as to how to secure Gareth's possessions - but more tape and a note put on cabinet
14:29@skynewsgathererWitnesses D and G were present during police search of cabinet on aug 26 2010
14:30@skynewsgathererWitness, or his colleague, would have opened cabinet for SO15 officers Broster and Hall, inquest told
14:32@skynewsgathererWitness cannot remember if anything was seized from cabinet - he can't remember if iPhone was taken from shelf
14:34@skynewsgathererWitness can't remember if Supt Broster was in room for whole of 55 minute search
14:35@skynewsgathererWitness cannot remember the black bag shown to the court earlier
14:37@skynewsgathererWitness was also at subsequent search on 27th
14:43@skynewsgathererFamily lawyer now asking questions. Witness says cabinet was locked on Aug 26 but didn't have any additional seals on it
14:44@skynewsgathererFamily lawyer asking whether items from other colleagues were removed. They were not
14:46@skynewsgathererWitness says it's possible cabinet could have been opened by SIS when police were not present
14:48@skynewsgathererMet police lawyer now asking questions. Witness says no notes were taken at time and has only just been asked to recall events
14:49@skynewsgathererWitness was only asked for his account of events yesterday and admits his recollection is "hazy"
14:51@skynewsgathererScreens now being removed. Coroner still expects to complete all evidence today
15:08@skynewsgathererPolice have requested that exhibits presented before coroner are not released to the media as DCI has only just seen them
15:09@skynewsgathererStatement now from GCHQ team leader, who was point of contact for SO15
STATEMENT: GCHQ team leader
15:15@skynewsgathererDCI Jackie Sebire, now recalled. She is the SIO for the murder enquiry into death of Gareth Williams
WITNESS: Jackie Sebire
15:17@skynewsgathererDCI asked if any of Gareth's footprints were found on tiles in bathroom after watching expert witness try to get into bag in bath
15:17@skynewsgathererNo footprints were found other than on the floor, inquest told
15:18@skynewsgatherer2 detectives from SO15 went to Las Vegas to trace Gareth's last movements. Nothing was raised with enquiry team
15:20@skynewsgathererDCI confirms that Gareth's finances were key line of enquiry but no unusual entries to his four accounts
15:20@skynewsgathererReceipts and bank statements showed purchase of expensive women's clothes but no unusual deposits or withdrawals
15:22@skynewsgathererCoroner asks Gareth's sister or shoe size. It is 6.5. (similar to shoes found in Gareth's flat)
15:25@skynewsgathererWhen asked about phone found in Gareth's flat - DCI says no calls were made on phone before Gareth's death
15:25@skynewsgathererThis phone had been restored to factory settings - no data was found with the network provider
15:27@skynewsgathererDCI says in an ideal world she would have liked to have had 'primary access to' all the material gathered from Gareth's work
15:28@skynewsgathererDCI says investigation has never been classified as a murder enquiry - it's a suspicious death
15:29@skynewsgathererDCI says all lines of enquiry will be relooked at following new information which has come out during inquest
15:29@skynewsgathererDCI Sebire says after hearing all the evidence she still regards Gareth Williams' death as suspicious
15:30@skynewsgathererDCI says enquiries are still ongoing and won't stop until answers found
15:32@skynewsgathererDCI looked into how someone could covertly enter Gareth's flat without keys - says someone could put arm through letter box
15:32@skynewsgathererDCI says two bag experts used by police were independent of each other and only met at court last week
15:36@skynewsgathererDCI says SIS officers we always interviewed with a lawyer or HR manager present
15:40@skynewsgathererDCI says she got witness statements from some people but not anonymous witnesses - she thought this was policy decision made by Supt Broster
15:42@skynewsgathererDCI confirms that over a 2 year period there were only 4 days when Gareth looked up bondage sites
15:44@skynewsgathererThere appears to be coincidence of use of bondage sites with application for secondment and course, says family lawyer
15:45@skynewsgathererDCI says she looked at coincidence and asked Supt Broster to look into whether courses included methods of escape
15:46@skynewsgathererDCI couldn't establish if Gareth had visited gay bars in Vauxhall
15:48@skynewsgathererDCI says she has seen first hand distress caused to family and team about leaks of information to media
15:49@skynewsgathererInformation appeared in press that DCI Sebire's team didn't even know about, she tells inquest
15:50@skynewsgathererDCI says her team felt very strongly that they didn't want enquiry prejudiced in any way
15:50@skynewsgathererDCI says practically every line of enquiry from public was followed up
15:52@skynewsgathererDCI says that while exhibits officers were at flat the boiler kicked in 3 times to turn the heating and water on (in August)
15:53@skynewsgathererFamily lawyer asking if heating could have speeded decomposition of body
15:55@skynewsgathererDCI says she can't answer question about whether previous tenants in Gareth's flat did the same work
15:56@skynewsgathererDCI also says she can't say how many employees of GCHQ/SIS have given DNA samples to investigating team
15:57@skynewsgathererDCI: "We have a lot more telephone and computer work, all evidence from inquest will be looked at.. Plus info from work colleagues"
15:58@skynewsgathererDCI says it's a decision for her boss as to whether she will continue to be the SIO on the case
15:59@skynewsgathererDCI says had SIS reported Gareth missing earlier in the day it would have made a difference as more resources available
16:03@skynewsgathererDCI says she strongly believes 3rd party was involved in Gareth's death and urges people to "search their consciences"
16:07@skynewsgathererAll evidence now concluded in inquest into Gareth Williams death. Coroner will deliver verdict tomorrow after legal submissions
END OF SESSION 14. Tuesday Afternoon, May 1, 2012

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Session 13. Tuesday Morning, May 1, 2012

SESSION 13. Tuesday Morning, May 1, 2012
8:42@skynewsgathererBack with @Stone_SkyNews for final stage of inquest into death of Gareth Williams. Today DCI Jackie Sebire will be recalled
8:58@skynewsgathererCoroner has asked to recall Ros Hammond, forensic scientist from LGC. Plus call a DC Hall from Met and an anonymous witness called SIS D
9:05@stone_skynewsBack at what should be the penultimate day in the inquest of MI6 spy Gareth Williams. The coroner should deliver verdict tomorrow
9:07@stone_skynewsThere is now suggestion already that things may slip in Gareth Williams inquest. Coroner is asking for witnesses to be recalled
9:07@stone_skynewsThe forensic scientist who gave evidence yesterday, a police officer and a new anon MI6 witness could be called on to give evidence
9:11@skynewsgathererDCI Jackie Sebire back in the witness box, she is the SIO in Gareth Williams case
WITNESS: Jackie Sebire
9:12@skynewsgathererCoroner asks if detective had ever been provided with a list of Gareth's belongings from SIS or GCHQ. She says no
9:13@skynewsgathererDetective says the first she heard of a North Face holdall being found amongst work things was yesterday
9:14@skynewsgathererDCI says she only learnt this morning that 9 memory sticks were found with Gareth's work belongings
9:16@stone_skynewsThroughout this inquest there has been an awkward desire to balance public interest with national security
9:16@stone_skynewsCoroner grants anonymity to a further MI6 witness and recalls the Forensic Scientist, Ros Hammond later today
9:16@skynewsgathererFamily lawyer asking if DCI had been aware of memory sticks in 2010 if she would have looked at them
9:19@skynewsgathererDCI says that memory sticks would have been checked had she known about them. DCI was only told of emails
9:24@stone_skynewsInteresting developments - cop in charge of investigation says she was not aware of 9 memory sticks found in Gareth Williams work belongings
9:25@skynewsgathererGareth Williams inquest now in chambers. Update when we are allowed back into court
9:37@skynewsgathererNext up is DC Colin Hall, he had not been due to give evidence today
WITNESS: Colin Hall
9:38@skynewsgathererDetective went to MI6 offices on 26 August, 3 days after Gareth was discovered dead
9:40@skynewsgathererDC Hall was taken to the room that Gareth shared with 3 colleagues. He was taken to one of 3 cabinets
9:42@skynewsgathererDetective told certain items were for Gareth's work and he couldn't examine them. No inventory was taken
9:44@skynewsgathererDC Hall works a forensic officer with the Met's counter terrorism team SO15
9:45@skynewsgathererDC says there was no evidence that Gareth's cabinet had been sealed following his death. But it was locked
9:49@skynewsgathererDC Hall says it's not be routine to take an inventory of items. He only recorded a photocopied birth certificate of Gareth and a note pad
9:49@skynewsgathererItems were seized on DC's second visit to MI6
9:51@skynewsgathererDC says that if he had seen a mobile phone in Gareth's office he would have seized it. DC doesn't remember seeing one
9:55@skynewsgathererDC says he found a black North Face back under Gareth's desk. It contained 'personal items'. The bag was not seized
9:56@skynewsgathererDC says he was told by Supt that the bag should be locked and left in place. ' I am a DC I do what I am told'
9:57@skynewsgathererDC admits that the bag should have been seized. The bag was looked through but no inventory was taken
9:58@skynewsgathererDC says he was acting on orders from Supt Michael Broster
10:01@skynewsgathererGareth's work cabinet was sealed on August 26 during So15's 55 minute visit. DC says the search was cut short
10:02@skynewsgathererDC doesn't know why search was cut short but that he had to return the following day to complete it
10:04@skynewsgathererDC Hall also attended search of GCHQ, where Gareth had worked before secondment to SIS in London
10:06@skynewsgathererDC found 3 'entirely' empty draws with the keys found in the top one, inquest told. He says he would have made note if any docs found
10:08@skynewsgathererDC Hall confirms he has security clearance when asked by family lawyer. The DC went into Gareth's flat the day body found
10:10@skynewsgathererDC's job was to look for 'sensitive' items in the flat. He found some but none were seized, he tells inquest
10:14@skynewsgathererUnder questioning from family lawyer DC Hall admits cabinet was not 'sealed' but relocked with same combination lock by MI6
10:16@skynewsgathererDC changes evidence and says the bag was locked and put in cabinet not left in situ under table as he said earlier
10:18@skynewsgathererDC Hall says bag was unlocked by MI6, he can't remember how it was locked and unlocked
10:19@skynewsgathererDC says he can't remember exactly what was in the bag. Family lawyer says 'it's as helpful as a London pea-souper'
10:20@skynewsgathererDC was told by superior officer not to take Gareth's passport. He says he can't remember where it was
10:21@skynewsgathererDC asked if Kray twins were involved rather than SIS if things would have been done differently
10:22@skynewsgathererDC says he was told by MI6 as to what was sensitive and what was not
10:22@skynewsgathererDC Hall: "I was under instructions and as I said I do what I am told."
10:33@stone_skynewsIt emerges that the only items seized by police from Gareth Williams 2 work places were laptop, post-it note pad & birth certificate copy
10:35@skynewsgathererDC saw memory sticks but was told they contained sensitive information
10:37@skynewsgathererMI6 barrister making the point that SO15 was brought in because of security clearance and could have requested to seize items
10:46@skynewsgathererDC Hall asked about a hotel bill and medical note found in cabinet. DC says he did not seize those items
10:48@skynewsgathererSIS barrister now asking DC Hall if he could be wrong that Gareth's pedestal at GCHQ was empty. Asking if 2 H&S certs were there
10:50@skynewsgathererDC Hall saying he is relying on his notes he made at the time. It makes no mention of health and safety certificates
10:57@skynewsgathererBag in question found at MI6 has now been brought into court. Coroner wants to check lock - police taking forensic advice
10:59@skynewsgathererDC Hall showing the court how big Gareth's work cabinet was - looks about six feet tall
11:03@skynewsgathererCoroner pushing whether DC Hall would have known if Supt Broster had discovered phone in cabinet
11:03@skynewsgathererDC hall eventually replies: "I would have thought I would have known"
11:04@skynewsgathererDC Hall now putting on gloves to look at the lock on North Face bag found in Gareth's office
11:05@skynewsgathererThe bag is unlocked and empty, there are no padlocks, or locks of any kind on it
11:07@skynewsgathererDC Hall says he can't be sure it was the bag in question
11:08@skynewsgathererPolice now checking in various carrier bags to see if they can find lock
11:09@skynewsgathererFamily lawyer remarking that whole point of exhibits officer is to record items which could be relevant
11:10@stone_skynewsCourt has now seen the bag said to have been found but not seized at Gareth Williams MI6 office. It is a small black North Face holdall
11:12@skynewsgathererDC Hall has now been released from court to go and look for a padlock after checks made with crime scene manager
11:13@skynewsgathererForensic scientist Ros Hammond from LGC now recalled for a couple of quick questions from coroner
WITNESS: Ros Hammond
11:13@stone_skynewsCrux of morning questioning is why police did not seize certain/all items from Gareth Williams workplace? Were they prevented from doing so?
11:15@stone_skynewsCoroner also examining who locked/unlocked/sealed/unsealed items at Gareth Williams MI6 office. Confusing lines of questioning
11:16@skynewsgathererMs Hammond asked about timing as to when DNA error discovered. Mistake uncovered on Feb 7 and confirmed on 8th
11:19@skynewsgathererInquest adjourned for lunch after an incredible morning of evidence
END OF SESSION 13. Tuesday Morning, May 1, 2012

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