Axe Murder Charges

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Are we finally going to hear the full story behind the Metropolitan Police’s most notoriously unsuccessful murder investigation of Daniel Morgan?

Were members of Catford Police really involved in the murder?
How did an associate of the prime suspect become part of the murder squad?
Was vital evidence tampered with and lost?

Last week 3 men were charged.

James Cook, 53, and Garry Vian, 47 have been charged with Daniel Morgan’s murder.

Former Detective Seargant Sid Fillery, 61, has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the murder he investigated 21 years ago. He later took the place of Daniel Morgan as a Director of Southern Investigations alongside Jonathon Rees.

Jonathon Rees, 53, and Garry Vian’s brother Glenn, 49 were also arrested and held in custody.

The story so far …

Jim Dowd MP, Len Duvall of the MPA, this website and many others have campaigned to find out the truth of what really happened 21 years ago. It is a story of corruption, cover-ups and procrastination by people responsible for fighting crime and protecting our liberties.

When we started the allegations seemed too far fetched to believe. We were careful not to print anything that we couldn’t ourselves verify. But just over a year ago the MPA finally published a devasting document which publicly revealed:

There was a robbery at a car auction at which Morgan’s company Southern Investigations was providing security. Morgan’s partner Jonathan Rees was the prime suspect. Rees had employed three serving police officers including DS Sidney Fillery to provide the security. This caused a break between Morgan and Rees and was believed to be the motive behind the murder.

The first investigation was undertaken by Catford Police. DS Sidney Fillery became part of that investigation without revealing his association with Rees and car auction robbery. In addition he undertook a search of the offices of Southern Investigations, allegedly removing a file relating to the car auctions work that was never seen by the investigation team.

DS Fillery and two other officers were subsequently arrested with involvement in the murder but released without charge. DS Fillery was later discharged on medical grounds and took the place of Daniel Morgan at Southern Investigations.

Had the trail gone cold after four collapsed investigations mired in police corruption allegations?

Yates of the Yard (the same man doggedly pursuiing the ‘Cash for Peerages’ investigation) has taken responsibility and things are beginning to happen. WoS reported that the investigating officer Det Chief Superintendant Dave Cook said in 2007:

“I’ve got five suspects in total, three of whom have been arrested and are on bail. The others will be invited in when the time is right. We are just pulling all the evidence together and then it’ll be down to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine if it is sufficient. I’m pretty confident it will go to trial. We’ve got some really good evidence.”

“We have in excess of 2,500 witness statements but only a small proportion of those have given us relevant evidence. And we have 16,500 exhibits, some of which will form part of our submissions to the CPS. When this investigation started in 1987 this was a hundred-piece jigsaw that had a lot of lost pieces. “Now we’ve a million-piece jigsaw. And we still have pieces missing.”

The BBC and our local ‘NewsShopper’ has taken up the story and add:

“One of the motives that we are investigating is that Daniel was killed because he was about to expose a drugs conspiracy which was potentially linked into police corruption.”

“Two men, aged in their late 40s, were arrested on August 4 in connection with the murder and a third man, also aged in his 40s, was arrested on September 7 last year.”

There is a reward of £50,000 for anyone who has any information that will directly assist in bringing charges to those responsible for Daniel Morgan’s murder. Anyone with information about the murder should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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