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Man Jailed For Cling Film 'Sex Game' Death

Alun Williams, 47, suffered a heart attack after he allegedly asked to be wrapped from head to foot in cling film and PVC sheeting.

Richard Bowler, 35, was convicted of his manslaughter at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday. His co-defendant, David Connor, 23, was cleared of the same charge.

Sentencing Bowler, Judge Adele Williams said: "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."

The judge said a delay in Bowler getting help for Mr Williams was "reprehensible" and that in her view his failure to check on him led to Mr Williams' death.

The trial heard that Mr Williams arrived at the flat where Bowler and Mr Connor lived in Dover, Kent, after he had exchanged text messages.

Jurors were told that the chef would often meet men for sex and was interested in mummification and bondage.

Mr Connor told police he left the flat after Bowler, who has cerebral palsy, told him he had a man coming round for sex, the court heard.

He said he returned at 1am on 20 August 2013, and that Bowler told him Mr Williams had wanted to be wrapped in cling film.

Bowler called for an ambulance just before 6am, and told the operator Mr Williams had stopped breathing after a "kinky sex game".

During the emergency call, he said: "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.

"We had a bit of a kinky sex game and he's stopped breathing."

Mr Williams was found wrapped tightly from head to toe in cling film and plastic sheeting, with space around his nose and mouth so he could breathe.

A post-mortem examination found he was unable to regulate his body temperature, suffered dehydration which led to a heart attack. He was also under the influence of drugs.

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

Bowler and Mr Connor, of Canterbury, had denied a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.

John O'Higgins, defending Bowler, said: "This was consensual sexual activity. Everything that Mr Bowler did was consented to and indeed encouraged by Mr Williams.

"There was ample evidence that Mr Williams was an enthusiastic participant in these actions and they were at the lesser extreme end of the spectrum."

Detective Inspector Richard Vickery, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "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."

© Sky News, 2014