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The key players – from murder suspect to CPS
DCS DAVID COOK
THE detective chief superintendent was in charge of reviewing Mr Morgan’s murder - but went on to face investigation for misusing confidential papers. He claimed he had planned to ‘set the record straight’ about corruption - but yesterday’s report described his actions as the ‘unlawful dissemination of material to journalists and others’.
A police raid on his home in 2014 found a range of documents from the Morgan case and others, including some that were marked ‘secret’.
Baroness O’Loan’s report said: ‘There is no evidence of payment for any of the unauthorised disclosures. However, there is evidence that he hoped to profit from his activities in the future.’
SUSPECT JONATHAN REES
MR MORGAN’S business partner at Southern Investigations was twice charged with his murder. No trial ever took place due to difficulties with evidence.
On the night of the murder, Rees met Mr Morgan in the Golden Lion pub - where his body would later be discovered. Rees claimed he left before Mr Morgan was killed.
Police who visited Rees’s home to question him a few hours later described him as ‘extremely nervous’, while his wife’s behaviour was said to be ‘odd’.
AC JOHN YATES
THE assistant commissioner was strongly censured over the failure to prosecute suspects in 2011. The report found: ‘AC John Yates was responsible for failure to impose a proper management structure and the fact that the Abelard Two investigation [the codename for the inquiry into Mr Morgan’s murder] was not run properly... the absence of any proper functioning oversight process during the period from 2008 to 2011 by AC John Yates was unacceptable.’
THE Crown Prosecution Service ruled in 2015 that it would not bring criminal charges against DCS Cook.
Yesterday’s report accused the organisation of sending an ‘appalling message to officers of all ranks’, adding: ‘It is... surprising that senior lawyers should conclude that… Cook had a public interest defence for his criminal behaviour that was so strong that it could not be challenged.
‘This sends an appalling message to officers of all ranks about how the criminal justice system views such conduct, which is in breach of all the fundamental duties of a police officer.’
THE force not only failed to conduct an independent inquiry in 1989, but also neglected to pursue evidence of potential criminality by serving and former officers.
The report said: ‘It did not pursue, to the fullest extent possible, evidence that serving or former police officers were involved in the murder of Daniel Morgan; had committed crimes not connected to the murder of Daniel Morgan; or had been guilty of disciplinary offences, whether or not connected to the murder of Daniel Morgan. There is some evidence that this was deliberate conduct.’
PRITI Patel brought forward plans to review the ‘effectiveness and efficiency’ of the Independent Office for Police Conduct last night, following yesterday’s revelations.
The Home Secretary said of the IOPC: ‘The issues raised by Daniel Morgan’s independent panel further reinforce the need for a strong police watchdog.’
Envelopes filled with cash
A CULTURE of cash bribes existed within the Met’s Flying Squad, a former officer told the Morgan investigation.
The unnamed detective said new recruits to the specialist crime squad would find brown envelopes stuffed with cash on their desks on their first day.
‘If you didn’t accept it then by lunchtime you were posted back to your old position,’ he told the panel.
In a section on corruption throughout the force, the report said some officers ‘moonlighted’ in other jobs, sold information to criminals and pocketed rewards for information. Detectives were paid not to arrest gang members who controlled their senior officers.
Corrupt officers fearing their careers and pensions were at risk may have scuppered the inquiry, the report said.
The panel heard accounts of corruption from a number of officers and had ‘no reason to doubt their veracity’.
The report said new laws and policies had been introduced to prevent such corruption, but warned it could continue without ‘rigorous control of the ways in which policing is delivered’.
The News of the World link
KEY figures linked to the investigation went on to sell police information to the News of the World, the inquiry found.
Daniel Morgan’s business partner, Jonathan Rees, and an ex-police officer, Sidney Fillery, sold ‘confidential information’ from police sources to the now-defunct tabloid and to titles in the Mirror Group.
Mr Fillery replaced the murdered private detective at Southern Investigations after retiring from the Met in 1989.
The panel said the firm got a ‘substantial proportion’ of its income from selling information to newspapers. Before his murder, Mr Morgan told friends he had been offered £250,000 by a Sunday newspaper for an article, leading to a theory he was killed because he was about to expose corrupt police officers.
Det Chief Supt David Cook, who led the 2002 reinvestigation, was spied on by NOTW which said it was pursuing a story that he was having an affair with Crimewatch’s Jacqui Hames who was, in fact, his wife. The panel said there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to prove Southern Investigations instigated the surveillance but circumstantial evidence ‘suggests very strongly’ that it was arranged by Mr Fillery and a news editor at the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper.