source: Evening Standard
published: 9 December 2016
Scotland Yard may be forced to payout millions of pounds to former suspects following a botched investigation after a man was killed with an axe in south-east London, it has emerged.
Private detective Daniel Morgan was found with the weapon lodged in his head in the car park of a pub, in Sydenham, in 1987 after meeting his business partner Jonathan Rees for a drink.
The 30-year-old case has been plagued by a series of failed inquiries which have reportedly already cost the tax payer over £50 million. In April 2008 a group of men, including Mr Rees, were arrested over Mr Morgan’s murder.
The four men bringing the case against the Met were charged with murder and spent time in jail before the case collapsed in 2011 when a judge dismissed supergrass evidence due to alleged mishandling by Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook.
In the case’s latest twist the now retired officer, who led the most recent investigation into Mr Morgan’s death, refused to give evidence to defend the Metropolitan Police in the civil action brought by four former suspects, according to The Times.