Metropolitan Police apology over Daniel Morgan murder

Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan

originally by: BBC News
31st March 2011

Scotland Yard has apologised to the family of a private detective killed in south-east London in 1987, for a corrupt investigation into his death. Daniel Morgan, 37, was found with an axe in his head in Sydenham but nobody has ever been convicted of murder. Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin told a Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) meeting “failings” by officers. The entire legal case collapsed this month.

Mr Morgan’s family has called for a full judicial inquiry. The father-of-two from Monmouthshire was found with an axe in his skull in a car park outside the Golden Lion pub. Five people were arrested in 2008 but none was ever convicted.

The cost of the five police inquiries and subsequent legal hearings was estimated at about £30m.

“I am deeply sorry that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has failed to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Daniel,” Mr Godwin has said in a letter to Mr Morgan’s family.

“The MPS has accepted that police corruption in the original investigation was a significant factor in this failure.” The family was “entitled to an apology” for officers’ “repeated failure” to acknowledge this corruption, he added.

“I am also very sorry that for many years your concerns regarding the failure of the MPS to bring those persons to justice were not properly addressed.”

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