Axe murder trial postponed by judge again

Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan

all credits: Bromley Times 24
originally published – 20th January 2010

The trial of four men accused of the axe murder of private eye Daniel Morgan in 1987 has been put back until September this year.William Rees, 54, Garry Vian, 48, his brother Glenn, 50, and builder James Cook, 54, allegedly killed the 37 year-old on March 10, 1987. Mr Morgan, who co-ran private detective agency Southern Investigations with Rees, was found dead outside the Golden Lion pub, in Sydenham, with a hatchet embedded in his head.

The trial was originally due to take place in April last year but was delayed until October for legal reasons. At the end of a day-long hearing at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Maddison put it back to September 13, 2010.

Retired Scotland Yard detective Sidney Fillery, 61, is charged with perverting the course of justice while working on the original investigation. Rees, of Village Close, Weybridge, Surrey; Garry Vian, of no fixed address; jobless Glenn Vian, of Orchard Road, South Croydon, Surrey; Cook, of The Glade, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey; have been in prison since 2006.

Fillery, of The Street, Thurne, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is on conditional bail but did not attend court.

Daniel Morgan, a private investigator, was brutally axed to death in the car park of a pub in Sydenham, south east London on 10th March 1987. In April, just weeks after his body had been found; six people were arrested for questioning in connection with the murder, three of them police officers.