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Man jailed for five years over chef's clingfilm sex death

Richard Bowler's defence was that he took all reasonable care for Alun Williams. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A man has been jailed for five years over the death of a P&O Ferries head chef who suffered a heart attack during a "kinky sex game" in which he was wrapped from head to toe in clingfilm and PVC sheeting.

Alun Williams, who had an interest in mummification and bondage, had asked to be hooded and swathed in the tight plastic at the home of 35-year-old Richard Bowler in text messages exchanged by the pair.

Mr Williams, 47, stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack during the incident last August 20 in East Street in Dover in Kent.

Bowler, who has cerebral palsy, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence for failing to monitor or check on Mr Williams after wrapping him up.

Richard Bowler's defence highlighted his disability and vulnerability and said he also suffers from a Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Bowler's informal carer David Connor, 23, - who also stood trial over the death but was cleared - told Canterbury Crown Court he returned to the flat at 1am, when Bowler told him Mr Williams had wanted to be wrapped in clingfilm.

Just before 6am, Bowler dialled the emergency services, telling them Mr Williams had stopped breathing after they had indulged in a "kinky sex game".

Sentencing Bowler at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Adele Williams said his delay in getting help for Mr Williams was "reprehensible".

David Connor, who lived at the address with Richard Bowler and acted as his informal carer, was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Bowler is said to have cut open the clingfilm and plastic sheeting before performing CPR on Mr Williams but could not revive him.

Bowler told the operator: "It's a bit embarrassing. It's my friend, he's called Alun. I have known him for five years. I'm gay, he's gay."

Connor could be heard in the background as Bowler added: "We had a bit of a kinky sex game and he's stopped breathing."

Bowler also told the operator: "I thought he was just sleeping. I am sorry, I should have called before. He takes ketamine and that mongs him out."

He went on: "He's on my bed, he's wrapped in a PVC sheet with tape and that. He's got clingfilm wrapped around his body and I have got a text message on my phone stating that's what he likes."

Police said Alun Williams, who worked on P&O Ferries, was well-liked by his colleagues and friends. Credit: PA Wire

Jurors were told that Mr Williams would often meet men online for sex behind his girlfriend's back.

The court heard sexual acts had taken place between the three men. A post mortem found Mr Williams died following body wrapping while under the influence of drugs.

Prosecutor Ian Hope said police found substances including ketamine, cocaine, methamphetamine and amyl nitrate, also known as poppers, in Mr Williams' rucksack.

They also found a gas mask and ties in his bag. Sex toys, masking tape, duct tape, black plastic sheeting and clingfilm were also found in the flat, the jury heard.