“It’s a bit embarrassing,” 35-year-old Richard Bowler told the police operator when he called for help in the early morning hours of August 20, 2013. “It’s my friend. … We had a bit of a kinky sex game and he’s stopped breathing.”
“He’s on my bed,” Bowler continued, his voice growing more and more frantic. “He’s wrapped up 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.”
When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found Bowler struggling to perform CPR on Williams in bed.
“I thought he was just sleeping,” Bowler reportedly told them. “I am sorry. I should have called before. He takes ketamine and that mongs him out.”
The mattress was covered in black plastic sheeting. Williams was tightly bound with saran wrap.
“The clingfilm extended from his ankles to his shoulders and it was obvious he had been dead for some time,” prosecutors told the court this week.
Bowler suffers from cerebral palsy. He and his live-in caretaker, 23-year-old David Connor, are now facing manslaughter charges after accidentally killing 47-year-old Alun Williams during a bondage sex session gone wrong last summer.
Williams lived with his girlfriend in Shepherdswell, Kent, England, but would occasionally engage in bondage and “mummification” with men he met online. On August 19, he went over to Bowler and Connor’s flat to have a threesome.
Upon his arrival, Bowler and Connor wrapped Williams in saran wrap then laid him down on the bed. Then Connor proceeded to spank him while Bowler penetrated him with a strap-on. At around 1 a.m., the two men left for a while. When they returned, Williams was dead.
Police found drugs including poppers, ketamine, cocaine, and methamphetamine at the scene of the crime. They also found gas masks, hand ties, masking tape, duct tape, and other sex toys.
A post-mortem examination on Williams’ body confirmed that he had suffered from dehydration which eventually led to a heart attack. At the time of his death, he was under the influence of ketamine and methamphetamine.
Both Bowler and Connor are now facing charges of manslaughter. The charge specifies that wrapping Williams in saran wrap and plastic “subjected him to bodily harm in the form of dehydration, overheating and stress to his cardiovascular system” and was the “substantial cause of his death.” The men also face an alternative charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.
Bowler told police that he and Williams had met on a gay website five years ago and would often get together for bondage sex sessions.
Text messages between he and Williams sent between June and August of last year confirmed his statement. On the afternoon of August 19, Williams texted Bowler about meeting later that night, in which “wrapping” was mentioned. His final message to Bowler was sent at 11:23 p.m. telling him that he was outside of his flat.
Both Bowler and Connor deny the charges against them.