DNA mix-up over spy death

Forensic scientists have apologised to the family of spy Gareth Williams after it emerged a DNA error had dashed a key line of inquiry into his death. It meant Scotland Yard spent more than a year trying to trace a non-existent suspect.

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How bag was locked will be 'at the heart of inquest'

Code-breaker Gareth Williams was found dead at his home last year. Credit: Family Handout.

A Mediterranean couple sought in connection with Williams' death is now considered a "red herring" after further police inquiries.

Organisers of the ladies fashion course Williams' enrolled on in secret will give statements to the inquest too.

The lawyer for MI6 says calling corporate witnesses will "paint a picture and set the scene".

Two experts have tried to reconstruct how Mr Williams could have got into the bag and locked it - The coroner says he wants a live demonstration in court.

The issue of whether or not Mr Williams could have got into the bag and padlocked it from the inside "goes to heart" of inquest the coroner says.

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