The 1988 inquest into Daniel Morgan’s death contains damning revelations that resonate today.
The inquest heard that Jonathan Rees was desperate to take control of Southern Investigations and dump Daniel, his business partner.
The company bookkeeper, Kevin Lennon, said the partners’ good working relationship fell apart over a job Morgan did not want but Rees did.
Lennon also told the inquest that Rees said to him: “I’ve got the perfect solution for Daniel’s murder. My mates at Catford nick are going to arrange it.”
Lennon added, “He went on to explain to me that if they didn’t do it themselves the police would arrange for some person over whom they had some criminal charge pending to carry out Daniel’s murder.”
He said, “Jon Rees explained that, when or after Daniel Morgan had been killed, he would be replaced by a friend of his who was a serving policeman, detective sergeant Sid Fillery.”
Fillery was one of the Catford officers who ran the investigation into the murder in the first few days. He conducted the first interview with Rees.
Jonathan Rees was one of three men acquitted of murdering Daniel Morgan earlier this year, when the trial collapsed.
In one year alone, Rees and Fillery received £150,000 from the NotW.
Rees was later jailed for seven years for trying to plant cocaine on a woman.
And Fillery was later convicted of possessing indecent images of children.
Was Daniel Morgan killed because he was about to expose a network of corrupt police?
And what did the News of the World know and when—and why weren’t they investigated?