Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

New head for murder case inquiry

Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe

The inquiry into the unsolved murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan will now be headed by the former Northern Ireland police ombudsman who investigated police handling of the Omagh bombing.

Baroness Nuala O'Loan of Kirkinriola will now chair Daniel Morgan Independent Panel, which will look at the circumstances of Mr Morgan's murder, its background and the handling of the case.

She replaces Sir Stanley Burnton who resigned in November for personal reasons.

Mr Morgan was found outside a London pub car park with an axe in his skull in March 1987. His death remains unsolved.

In a written ministerial statement, Home Secretary Theresa May said: " Daniel Morgan, a private investigator, was found murdered in a pub car park in south east London on 10 March 1987. It is one of the country's most notorious unsolved murder cases.

"After numerous separate police investigations into the case between 1987 and 2002, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the attempted prosecution against five suspects in 2011.

"The Metropolitan Police admitted that police corruption was a 'debilitating facto' in the original investigation.

"Last May I announced the creation of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel and the appointment of Sir Stanley Burnton as chair of the panel. On 19 November 2013, I reported to the House the decision of Sir Stanley Burnton to resign from this role for personal reasons.

"I am now able to announce the appointment of Baroness Nuala O'Loan of Kirkinriola, DBE, MRIA, as chair of the independent panel.

"Baroness O'Loan was Northern Ireland's first Police Ombudsman from 2000 to 2007, during which time she investigated thousands of cases, including the police handling of the Omagh bombing in 1998 and police collusion with loyalist paramilitaries engaged in the most serious crime between 1990 and 2002.

"The remit of the panel is to shine a light on the circumstances of Daniel Morgan's murder, its background and the handling of the case over the period since 1987. I am very grateful to Baroness O'Loan for accepting this important role and look forward to the panel completing its work."

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