11:20am Saturday 10th May 2014
A YEAR on from the announcement of an independent review into the murder of a Cwmbran private detective, his brother has told of “intense discussions” over who should lead it.
Last November retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Stanley Burnton stepped down due to personal reasons as chairman of the review into how police corruption affected the investigation of the death of Daniel Morgan.
Alastair Morgan, Mr Morgan's brother, told the Argus that there had been problems and unavoidable delays with the review.
The family have been kept involved and consultations are ongoing to find a replacement for Sir Stanley.
Daniel Morgan was found with an axe in his head in a pub car park in south-east London on March 1987.
Despite five police investigations, no one has been brought to justice for the crime.
Alastair Morgan, Daniel’s brother, said of the review: “At the moment I think it’s fair to say that there have been problems; the chairman stepping down for personal reasons which has caused unavoidable delays.
“We are currently in the process of consultation with the Home Office. It’s a mutual decision who will chair the panel.
“We have been in fairly intense discussions over the last few months.”
He added it was hoped an appointment could be made within the next month.
Mr Morgan added: “The family have been kept involved. I had a meeting with the home secretary [Theresa May] early in March about the issues that had arisen. I noticed that she was listening very carefully to what I had to say.”
In May 2013 Ms May announced that an independent panel would be set up to review how police corruption affected the handling of the Daniel Morgan investigation, and how Mr Morgan’s family were treated by the police and criminal justice system.
The independent panel was to be chaired by Sir Stanley, a retired Court of Appeal judge, but he resigned in due to personal reasons last autumn.
Scotland Yard has admitted that corruption was a 'debilitating factor' in the first investigation.
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