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Tuesday, 25 June, 2002, 00:38 GMT 01:38 UK
Murder hunt resumes after 15 years
Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan was a private investigator
A fresh inquiry is being launched 15 years after the murder of a private investigator in a pub car park.

Daniel Morgan, 37, who grew up in south east Wales, was axed to death in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on 10 March 1987.

The Metropolitan Police has offered a 50,000 reward to catch the killer and will be making a fresh appeal on BBC One's Crimewatch UK programme on Wednesday night at 2100 BST.


I am absolutely certain that I know what happened and who did it but I can't name names because of the libel laws.

Alistair Morgan
brother
Detective Chief Superintendent David Cook said: "The passage of time has not diluted our resolve to catch whoever killed Daniel Morgan.

Fresh approach

"Policing techniques have advanced since 1987 and we plan to re-evaluate the original evidence in the light of these.

"I also genuinely believe there are witnesses out there who have not yet come forward."

Between June and October 2001 the case was examined by the Met Murder Review Group.

It identified new investigative opportunities and recommended the case be re-investigated.

Mr Cook, of the Serious Crime Group West, said in order to bring an entirely fresh approach to the case, officers from another part of London would conduct the investigation.

'Brutal murder'

Crimewatch UK will feature a reconstruction of Mr Morgan's last movements to jog viewers' memories.

He had been drinking in the pub for 90 minutes with his business partner John Rees.

Mr Rees left at about 2100 BST and Mr Morgan left shortly after.

He was attacked with an axe and his body was found at 2140 BST with the weapon still embedded in his head.

Mr Morgan's 900 Rolex watch was missing but 1,100 in cash was not taken - police ruled out robbery as a motive.

Police said that two strips of plaster tape were found on the murder weapon.

Report litigation

Mr Morgan's brother, Alistair, said he and his mother had been campaigning for 15 years to get the case reopened.

"It's been on my mind all these years. I don't think of it every minute of every day but it pops into my mind every time a murder happens.

"I am absolutely certain that I know what happened and who did it but I can't name names because of the libel laws."

Alistair Morgan, a translator living in Islington, said he was currently in litigation over the Metropolitan Police's refusal to hand over a report into the initial investigation by Hampshire Police.

Daniel Morgan, the son of an army officer, was born in Singapore and grew up in south east Wales.

He worked as a salesman in Denmark and a courier for European tourists in England.

Mr Morgan then joined a firm of private detectives in south London before setting up his own company in 1984.


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