Four days after the publication of a report into Britain’s most notorious unsolved murder, the victim’s son has raised the stakes by firmly rejecting an apology from the Metropolitan Police.
Private investigator Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham (south-east London) in March 1987.
It is widely believed corrupt officers at the top of the Met Police were complicit in Morgan’s murder as they wanted to prevent the disclosure of highly sensitive information pointing to a complex nexus bringing together corrupt officers, high-end criminals, sections of the media and politicians.
The independent panel’s report paints a damning picture of “institutional” corruption in the Met Police both in terms of the murder itself and its tortuous aftermath, marked by five police inquiries and an inquest, all of which have proven inconclusive.
The independent panel was able to publish its report last week after weeks of stonewalling and obstructions by Home Secretary, Priti Patel, on ill-defined “national security” grounds.
Son breaks cover
Daniel Morgan’s son – also called Daniel – has broken his silence for the first time by speaking to the state broadcaster, the BBC.
"My dad had an axe embedded in his skull and was left for dead in a murder that was meant to look like a robbery that was actually an execution. That's quite a hard thing to come to terms with really", Morgan junior told the BBC.
Morgan junior – who is now the same age as his late father since he was only four when the murder took place – appeared to call for root and branch reforms by saying: “I think we’ve heard enough apologies [from the Met Police]”.
"What they've [the Met Police] said doesn't give us grounds for confidence that they can approach the follow-up work that's clearly required from a document with such gravity", Morgan junior added.
The independent panel’s 1,200 pages report sets out multiple recommendations as to how the Met can reform its internal culture in the wake of the Morgan scandal.
The hard-hitting report prompted the Met Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, to issue a statement claiming her force will take the “necessary time” to consider the report and the “associated recommendations in their entirety”.
But that response has merely added to Morgan junior’s anger as he maintains that the Met Police has “not accepted” the panel’s key findings of “institutional corruption”.
Consequently, Morgan junior is calling on the Home Office or the Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) to initiate the necessary radical changes to the Met’s culture and operations.
In conclusion, Morgan junior described his father’s murder, and the Met’s enormous and prolonged efforts at obstructing justice, as both a “personal tragedy” and a “national shame”.
Despite giving an interview to the BBC, Morgan junior refuses to supply a picture of himself and steadfastly declines a TV interview.