Scotland Yard launches SIXTH forensic review in bid to crack unsolved 1987 ...

Scotland Yard launches SIXTH forensic review in bid to crack unsolved 1987 ...
Scotland Yard launches SIXTH forensic review in bid to crack unsolved 1987 ...

Scotland Yard will launch its sixth forensic review in a bid to crack the unsolved 1987 axe murder of Daniel Morgan (pictured) after an inquiry branded the Metropolitan as 'institutionally corrupt' earlier this month

Scotland Yard will launch its sixth forensic review in a bid to crack the unsolved 1987 axe murder of Daniel Morgan (pictured) after an inquiry branded the Metropolitan as 'institutionally corrupt' earlier this month

Scotland Yard will launch its sixth forensic review in a bid to crack the unsolved 1987 axe murder of Daniel Morgan after an inquiry branded the Metropolitan as 'institutionally corrupt' earlier this month.

A specialist team will re-examine some of the evidence in the case of the private eye's death in the hope of finally catching those responsible for the father-of-two's murder in the car park of a London pub on March 10, 1987.

The review of the case will use the latest technology and DNA developments, similar to that used that helped bring the killers of Stephen Lawrence to justice in 2012. 

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In the case of Lawrence, who was stabbed to death by a racist gang, two men were found guilty of the 1993 murder almost 20 years after the attack.

The decision to launch a forensic review comes after a £16million inquiry into the murder of the private investigator accused the Met of decades of cover-up, incompetence and corruption – that continues to this day. 

An independent panel spent eight years producing the report, which suggested that the force was more interested in protecting its own reputation that solving the brutal murder of Morgan, who was killed with an axe.  

The murder has been dubbed the 'most investigated unsolved murder in the history of the Metropolitan Police'.

In response to the report Sir Stephen House, the deputy commissioner, rejected the accusations and said that the Met had not given up hope in solving the crime.

'There is still a possibility of solving this murder however remote that may seem. Our work to achieve that will not stop no matter how much time passes,' he told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Wednesday.

He noted that criminal allegiances change over time and that it is not uncommon for people to confess to crimes that happened decades earlier.

'It is never too late to do the right thing,' he said. 

Alastair Morgan, the brother of murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan, speaking to the media following the publication of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report, June 15. Alastair, who has campaigned for justice for his brother for decades, said on Tuesday that he has still not received a written apology from Dame Cressida Dick

Alastair Morgan, the brother of murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan, speaking to the media following the publication of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report, June 15. Alastair, who has campaigned for justice for his brother for decades, said on Tuesday that he has still not received a written apology from Dame Cressida Dick

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He continued: 'We have also commissioned a new forensic review to look at a series of exhibits linked to this case. This is a process we conduct in all unsolved homicides periodically and is something we have considered in this case for sometime. 

'We feel the conclusion of the panel report now marks the right time for this process to take place,' he said.

Sir Stephen also pointed to other cases in which DNA and forensic technology led to new evidence, saying this has the potential to help in the case of Morgan.

Mr Morgan's business partner at Southern Investigations Jonathan Rees (pictured) was twice charged with his murder. No trial ever took place due to difficulties with evidence

Mr Morgan's business partner at Southern Investigations Jonathan Rees (pictured) was twice charged with his murder. No trial ever took place due to difficulties with evidence

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Barbara Grey has been appointed to lead the Met's response to the report. 

The report recommended that the Met ask a handwriting expert to examine a diary found in Mr Morgan's desk to ensure that written entries were made by him.

It also said that the force should take DNA from

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