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Nuala O'Loan to head new probe into notorious axe murder

By Arj Singh

The inquiry into the unsolved murder of a private investigator found in a London car park with an axe in his skull will now be headed by former Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O'Loan.

Baroness O'Loan, who investigated police handling of the Omagh bombing, will now chair the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.

It 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 south east London pub car park with an axe in his head in March 1987.

In a written ministerial statement, Home Secretary Theresa May said she hoped Baroness O'Loan could "shine a light" on the circumstances surrounding the murder .

She added: "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."

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