Detective Chief superintendent David Cook (left) was allegedly under surveillance by News of the World during an investigation into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan (right)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

#Hackgate Daniel Morgan a TROPHY killing ? Dan's £800 Rolex watch was missing but £1,100 was in his pocket from which DNA traces have been found.

Andy Coulson did. More in the Guardian from 2008:

"Rees had close contacts with the local police and his colleagues believed he wanted to be a policeman himself. Morgan was unhappy about the closeness of some of those relations and at the direction the work was taking. At the time of his death, it is believed Morgan was about to expose a south London drug network, possibly involving corrupt police officers.

Tension between Morgan and Rees heightened over Southern Investigations' contract with the local Belmont car auction in Charlton whose takings the firm had responsibility for depositing. In early 1987, Rees claimed to have been robbed of £18,000 of the takings but Morgan had doubts about whether such a robbery had taken place. On March 10, Morgan agreed to meet Rees at the Golden Lion in Sydenham, not their normal local but one which happened to be inside the Catford police area where friends of Rees worked.

After the meeting, Morgan went to the pub's car park where he was struck on the back of the head with an axe and killed. The axe, which had been bound with sticking plaster to avoid leaving fingerprints, was left embedded in his head. His £800 Rolex watch was missing but £1,100 was in his pocket from which DNA traces have been found.
At the inquest, Rees suggested Morgan had made passes at the wives of clients and that there might be a motive for murder there. There were also tales that he had been watching Colombian cocaine dealers on behalf of a public figure whose daughter had become addicted."