I have recently become interested in the case of Daniel Morgan, who was killed in March 1987.
Morgan worked as a private investigator. His business partner was Jonathan Rees, who later became one of the main private investigators used by Fleet Street. Rees was first arrested in connection with the murder in 1987; and in March 2011 he was acquitted of the murder when a trial collapsed at the Old Bailey.
The original police investigation into the death of Morgan was worse than desultory; it was undoubtedly corrupt. There were then a number of inquiries and case reviews, none of which ended with a successful prosecution. Over 25 years the case smacked of police corruption and systemic failure. In this way, the case is akin to that of Stephen Lawrence.
Recently the case came back into the news because of an incident in 2002-3 when the police officer commanding the investigation and his wife, a presenter of Crimewatch, were subjected to surveillance by the News of the World, with whom Rees had close connections. The wife was Jacqui Hames, and yesterday she gave sensational evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. She alleged that the News of the World allowed its resources to be used so as to frustrate the murder investigation, which was still then ongoing. This alllegation brings the Morgan case within the remit of module 2 of the Leveson Inquiry, on “press and police”. The Leveson Inquiry may well follow it up.
My first post on the murder of Daniel Morgan was today at the New Statesman, and it deals with that significant allegation of Hames. Also today, Tom Watson MP in an adjournment debate managed to get the government to order a full forensic review and to keep open the prospect of a proper judicial inquiry.