More Suspects…

Wales on Sunday - by James McCarthy

3 June 2007

Police investigating the axe murder of private eye Daniel Morgan have another two suspects in the frame.

Three men have already been arrested and bailed in the 20-year-old case, but Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook is considering the possibility others may have been involved in the Welshman’s death.

Mr Morgan, 37, brought up in Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire, was found slumped beside his BMW with an axe in his head outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, South London, on March 10, 1987.

Det Chief Super Cook is leading the fifth inquiry into the killing after the first four collapsed amid police corruption allegations.

He said: “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.”

When Mr Morgan was found, the pocket of his freshly dry-cleaned suit was ripped.

Detectives think a notebook or diary was taken. But they have no idea what was in it.

Detective Chief Superintendent Cook said: “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.”

Mr Morgan’s interpreter brother Alastair, who lives in Finsbury, London, has been campaigning to bring the killers to justice for the last 12 years.

He said: “There may finally be a move toward a conviction in this case”

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