Home Office to launch independent review into murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan


The Welshman was found dead in a Sydenham carpark in 1987


By SWLondoner staff

An independent review is to be announced into the death of a private investigator whose body was found in Sydenham more than 25 years ago.

Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe, which was found in his head, in 1987.

Six criminal investigations have since been carried out, but none have led to the identification of his killer.

It is alleged that police corruption prevented the Metropolitan Police from solving the murder of the Welshman, who was originally from Llanfrechfa, near Cwmbran.

Thousands of lines of inquiry have been pursued since 1987 and over a quarter of a million documents examined.

A trial of three men charged with his murder collapsed in 2011 as a result of alleged failures by the police and prosecutors.

Following that trial, the Met Police’s senior homicide officer, Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, acknowledged the impact that police corruption had had on the investigation into the murder.

“This current investigation has identified, ever more clearly, how the initial enquiry failed the family and the wider public. It is quite apparent that police corruption was a debilitating factor in that investigation,” he said.

“On behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service I sincerely apologise to Daniel Morgan’s family and it is with considerable regret that a trial cannot proceed.”

Following the collapsed trial, the family stated on their website Justice for Daniel that they were seeking a judicial inquiry into the police’s handling of the murder, supported by the Met Police Authority and Parliament.

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