The mother and brother of Daniel Morgan, a private investigator axed to death in Sydenham in
March 1987 are to join the Metropolitan Police in an appeal for witnesses to come forward. Isobel
Hulsmann and Alastair Morgan will be laying flowers at the Golden Lion in Sydenham High Street, the
scene of the murder, at 1 p.m. on Saturday 10th March 2007.
Alastair Morgan describes the crime:
20 years ago today, my brother was viciously murdered on this spot, probably by a man who was paid to commit this crime. We believe that Daniel lost his life because he had innocently uncovered evidence of serious crime and police corruption. The men behind for this cowardly act have never been brought to justice.
For many years my familys relationship with the police has been characterised by distrust and hostility. In our opinion, the Met leaderships reaction to this situation was pitifully inadequate for many years. It was this that spurred our determination to keep on fighting through what has been a terrible ordeal for all of us. However, thanks to the outstanding work carried out by the team now investigating Daniels murder, this situation has changed radically. We have total trust in this investigation.
The wall of silence that has surrounded this crime has also been breached. We are deeply grateful to a number of witnesses who have recently come forward and given the police vital assistance. They have done my family, the police and the public a great service.
It is in everyone’s interests that the greedy, brutal individuals who planned, paid for and carried out this crime are brought before the courts to answer for their actions in the full light of day. To this end, we urge anyone who has any further information about this murder to contact police on 020 7230 5925.
I would like to reiterate the appeal, and reinforce that we are as committed as ever to catching Daniels murderers.
Historically several men have been previously arrested for the murder, Im not prepared at this time to confirm or deny they are suspects.
Enquiry is continuing, we are however reaching the closing stages and expect a decision re charges in the near future.
Given the extraordinary circumstances of Daniels murder, the family have been briefed throughout of significant developments.
Yes there have been and are continuing allegations of police corruption regarding this investigation. These matters are being treated seriously and will continue to be investigated.
Our primary concern at this time remains the successful prosecution of those responsible for Daniels murder.
Detective Chief Superintendent David Cook said:
Daniels character has been subject of much speculation over the years and from my perspective has been much maligned, perhaps by those seeking to divert attention away from their own role. He was a hard working individual and a loving father of two children. He was killed, we believe, because he was about to expose serious criminality potentially linked to corruption. Those who committed this act were driven by greed and are in my view dangerous to society and need to be brought to justice.
As much as it was Daniels desire to expose them, it is mine to bring them to justice and that can only happen with the continued support from members of the public.
A lot of assistance has been given in recent months by people coming forward to give us both information and evidence. That demonstrates to us that the conspiracy of silence that surrounded his death is coming to an end.
I know that within South London, the identity of those responsible is one of the worst kept secrets but there has been a reluctance to reveal the details to Police. I would however like to think that with the passage of time, having gained the confidence and support of Daniels family, we can do the same with those members of the public who have a desire to assist.
I therefore appeal to any person who may have either information or evidence to come forward and assist further the investigation.
Detective Chief Superintendent
Police incident room: 020 7230 5925