Cops close in on killers

Wales on Sunday - by James McCarthy

29th April 2007

Scotland Yard cops hope this summer to charge the men they believe murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan.

He was found 20 years ago, on March 10, 1987, in a pool of blood in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, south London. He had a cheap, Chinese-made Diamond brand axe stuck in his head. Nobody has ever been convicted of killing the 37-year-old Welshman, who was brought up in the Monmouthshire village of Llanfrechfa.

But Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook - who was behind the arrest of three men last year and has been investigating the case for the last five - is hopeful the investigation could finally be coming to an end.

He said: “I’m getting a report of all the evidence together for the end of May to determine if we have got enough to charge without doing any further interviews, so we will know about the middle of July what is going to happen.

"Nothing has changed for the last five years. I’m not adding any new people. I’ve got the same ones in my sights. It is just a case of gathering evidence. It’s just a matter of time.”

It is believed Mr Morgan was butchered because he was about to expose crooked cops involved in a plot to flood Britain with cocaine.

This is the fifth inquiry into Mr Morgan’s death.

Mr Morgan’s 78-year-old mum Isobel Hulsman, who lives in Hay-on-Wye, said: “I’ve more faith in this investigation than any previous. We have not had closure and that is so important.”

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