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UPDATED: Home Secretary orders review of Daniel Morgan case

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A "HILLSBOROUGH-STYLE" review of Croydon's most notorious unsolved murder was announced by the Home Office in a statement today.

South Norwood private investigator Daniel Morgan was found with an axe embedded in his head outside the Golden Lion pub, in Sydenham, in March 1987.

The case has been clouded by allegations of police corruption and the trial of four men charged with the 37-year-old's killing collapsed in 2011.

Now the Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed details of a judge-led inquiry which will look at claims police corruption prevented a conviction despite six criminal investigations. She said she hoped it would "shine a light" on the handling of the case.

Mr Morgan, a father of two, was said to be close to revealing a catalogue of police corruption at the time of his death.

After the 2011 trial, Daniel's brother Alastair said he feared the killers would never be brought to justice.

He said: "It's not the end of the road, but as far as convictions are concerned it is."

An independent review of the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 people, uncovered serious police failures and deceit, and has led to a new criminal investigation.

Mr Morgan, of Warminster Road, ran his business Southern Investigations from Thornton Heath High Street.

Five police inquiries into his death have been conducted and four men were charged with his murder in 2008.

Morgan's former business partner Jonathan Rees, 56, Rees' brothers-in-law Glenn Vian, 52, Garry Vian, 50, and builder James Cook, 56, were at first due to stand trial in April 2009.

But after legal arguments caused delays, the charges were dropped before the case came to trial in 2011.

The Metropolitan Police Service sent a letter of apology to Mr Morgan's family in the wake of the collapse.

Tim Godwin, the Met's acting commissioner at the time, said: "I am deeply sorry that the Met has failed to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Daniel.

"The Met has accepted that police corruption in the original investigation was a significant factor in this failure." Judge Sir Stanley Burnton will chair the independent panel which will examine the police's involvement in the murder as well as allegations of police corruption in their investigations. The connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists will also be looked at. The panel will present its discoveries to the family before releasing a report within a year.

When contacted by the Advertiser this week, Alastair Morgan was unwilling to comment because the family were still in negotiations with the Home Office.

UPDATED: Home Secretary orders review of Daniel Morgan case


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