Original article from Kent Live
It was a case that shocked the county.
The pathologist involved said he hadn't seen anything like it during a 37-year career, involving over 50,000 examinations.
Almost eight years ago to the day, a "well-known and well-liked" P&O head chef Alun Williams was found tragically deceased in Dover.
Soon after, the bizarre circumstances surrounding it would start to emerge.
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The 47-year-old had died in a sex game which involved him being wrapped in cling film on August 20, 2013.
He had lived in Coxhill Road in Shepherdswell, a village just north of Dover.
At the time, Mr Williams’ neighbour Michaela Greenstreet, of Coxhill Road, described the news as “mad” while Beattie Lanfear, who had lived in “quiet” Shepherdswell for 18 years, said: “It’s a shock to the village.”
The former Sandwich Technology School student had worked at P&O for around three decades and a spokesman for the company said they were "desperately sad to hear of Alun's death".
Canterbury Crown Court heard how he had exchanged texts agreeing to have consensual sex with defendants Richard Bowler, 35, and David Connor, 23, on August 19.
Jurors were told that the chef would often meet men online for sex and had an interest in mummification and bondage.
At around 10.30pm, Mr Williams turned up at a flat in East Street in Dover which was the previous home of Bowler, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and his friend and informal carer Mr Connor.
But at 5.54am the following morning Kent Police received a call from Bowler saying Mr Williams had stopped breathing.
Mr Connor told the police that he left the flat after Bowler told him he had a man coming round for a sex session, the jury heard.
He said he returned at 1am on August 20 and that Bowler told him that Mr Williams had wanted to be wrapped in clingfilm.
Phone call to the emergency services
Bowler told the emergency services operator that Mr Williams had stopped breathing after they had indulged in a "kinky sex game".
The 35-year-old is said to have cut open the cling film and plastic sheeting before performing CPR on Mr Williams, who lived with his girlfriend in Shepherdswell and had no idea about his secret liaisons.
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."
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Mr Williams was found wrapped tightly from head to toe in the clingfilm and plastic sheeting, with just enough space left around his nose and mouth so he could breathe.
The court heard that sexual acts had taken place between the three men.
Shortly after 6am that morning, Connor walked into the taxi rank where his mother worked and said "Mum, Richard's killed someone", the court was told.
Officers attended the property in East Street and found Mr Williams lying on a bed wrapped in cling film. Ambulance staff confirmed he was dead.
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 cling film were also found in the flat, the jury heard.
A resident of George Street, Dover, where Bowler lived in a second-floor flat until December 2012, told KentLive's sister paper the Dover Express: “He had unusual ways. People in the block didn’t like him.
"They used to complain about the amount of visitors he had and what was going on in his flat.”
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A Home Office pathologist who examined Mr Williams' body said he had seen only one case like it in 37 years of practice.
Dr Peter Jerreat said the kinky sex games were "highly dangerous".
The doctor estimated he had carried out 50,000 post-mortem examinations in his career, but only one other case was similar and had not been for sexual gratification.
Dr Jerreat told Canterbury Crown Court that the combination of clingfilm and black plastic tape stopped sweat forming which would cool the 47-year-old down.
Traces of ketamine and amphetamine were found in the blood which would raise body temperature, coupled with the sexual activity Mr Williams had indulged in.
The pathologist said: “There was a rise in the core temperature of the body.
“If there is a rise of one degree, the body attempts to cool off.
“There is a regulatory centre in the brain which controls body heat and when this is triggered, the body begins to sweat.
“In this case sweating was prevented by the clingfilm and black plastic. This would lead to dehydration, a lowering of blood pressure and pulse.
“There would be an abnormal heart beat and the heart would eventually stop.
“Any physical activity would exacerbate the problem.”
During the post-mortem examination he found the brain and lungs were congested.
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Bowler, of Sturry Road, was found guilty of Mr Williams' manslaughter by gross negligence on Thursday December 18, 2014, by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court.
He was sentenced to five years behind bars.
His co-defendant, Mr Connor, 23, was cleared of the same charge.
Sentencing Bowler at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Adele Williams told him: "In my judgment, you lost sight of the fact that day that Alun Williams was a human being and thought of him as your 'sex buddy', as you put it."
She said the delay in Bowler getting help for Mr Williams was "reprehensible" and that his failure to monitor or check on him led to his death, in her view.
The judge said Bowler was responsible for an act of "gross negligence" by leaving Mr Williams in what was described as a "giant plastic bag".
Bowler and Connor, had denied a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.
Bowler's defence was that he took all reasonable care for Mr Williams.
It was said on his behalf that he could not have foreseen that wrapping Mr Williams up in clingfilm and PVC would have led to his death.
Connor claimed that he only acted on the instructions of Mr Williams and Bowler and could not have foreseen his death.
Part-way through the trial, the judge ruled that a charge of manslaughter against both men be dropped.
Detective Inspector Richard Vickery, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said following the case: "This is a tragic death of a man well-liked by his colleagues and friends.
"Bowler had a responsibility to look after the welfare of Mr Williams when he entered their home and spent the evening with him. Due to the nature in which he was restrained he should never have left him alone for extended periods of time – but he did.
"I'm pleased the courts have recognised this responsibility and found him guilty of manslaughter. I hope this verdict and sentence goes some way to providing those who were close to Mr Williams some closure after what has been a very difficult time."