“The Met has colonised my life for the last three and a half decades” says brother of Daniel Morgan

The brother of Daniel Morgan has once again condemned the police saying “the Met has colonised my life for the last three and a half decades.”

Speaking to members of General London Assembly’s (GLA) police and crime committee today, Alastair Morgan also revealed that he received death threats after his brother’s murder over three decades ago.

Daniel Morgan was found with an axe embedded in his head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham on 10 March 1987.

A recent report published by an independent panel into the death of the father-of-two has accused the Metropolitan Police of “a form of institutional corruption”.

Mr Morgan was asked by Shaun Bailey, who chaired the meeting, about his experience dealing with the Met police during the multiple investigations into his brothers murder.

He said: “To ask me to encapsulate [my experience] in a sentence is impossible.

“The only way I can describe this whole thing is that the Met have colonised my life for the last three and a half decades.

“It has been extremely difficult. It has been like climbing Mount Everest this whole experience. Even now I feel like my job is still not done.”

Daniel Morgan

Mr Morgan went on to name three police chiefs, Peter Imbert, who served as Commissioner from 1987-1992; John Stevens, who served as Commissioner from 2000-2005; and the current Commissioner Cressida Dick.

“These are the three that stick out in my mind as being reprehensible in their behaviour,” he said.

Both Commissioner Dick and her deputy Stephen House have rejected these accusations, though the Commissioner has apologised for the failure to bring anyone to justice over the murder.

The Commissioner has previously said she does not intend to resign over the matter.

Mr Morgan has appeared in five television documentaries to date about his brothers murder but said he did so as a way of keeping himself and his family in the public eye for their own safety.

“I don’t particularly like being involved in them [documentaries] but I did it as a means of protection for myself,” he said.

“I wanted to keep a high profile of myself because on occasions I have feared reprisals from the people [who murdered Daniel]. I have feared for my family.

“I can remember at one stage I had a death threat on the telephone and it scared me.

“Thinking about what happened to my brother and the people behind, it scared me.

“I can remember going down with my disabled partner to her car every morning feeling like I had to escort her out of the building, to the extent of looking under the car for bombs.”

On the night of his death, March 10 1987, Daniel Morgan was having a drink with his business partner, Jonathan Rees, at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham.

Mr Morgan was said to be on the point of uncovering police corruption, but he was found with an axe lodged in his skull.

His watch had been stolen, but his wallet and £10,000 had not been taken.

His trouser pocket was torn, and notes that witnesses had seen him writing earlier, were missing.

Three men who were charged with murdering Daniel were awarded damages of £414,000 after winning a malicious prosecution claim against the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Rees and brothers Garry and Glenn Vian were charged with his murder in 2008.

But the proceedings collapsed after a key piece of evidence was compromised.

A High Court judge ruled Mr Rees and Glenn Vian should each receive £155,000, and Garry Vian £104,000.

Catford detective Sid Fillery had also been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice but eventually the crown dropped the case against him. Fillery was awarded £25,000 in interim damages.

Mr Morgan’s murder remains unsolved 34 years on.

 


 

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