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Ex-detective faces trial for perverting course of justice’ in axe murder case

PUBLISHED: 18:27 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

AN EX-SCOTLAND Yard detective charged with perverting the course of justice following an Sydenham axe murder 21 years ago was sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Sid Fillery, 61, of Lion End Pub, The Street, Thurne, near Great Yarmouth, appeared with four

AN EX-SCOTLAND Yard detective charged with perverting the course of justice following an Sydenham axe murder 21 years ago was sent for trial at the Old Bailey.

Sid Fillery, 61, of Lion End Pub, The Street, Thurne, near Great Yarmouth, appeared with four other men at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court last Thursday.

Fillery is charged with doing an act to pervert the course of justice between March 10 and December 31, 1987, by making threats against the life of another man, Gary Eaton, and his family.

All five will appear at the Central Criminal Court on for a plea and case management hearing on July 31.

Bail was refused for Fillery and there was no application for the others.

The other accused, who have been charged with the murder of 21-year-old private detective Daniel Morgan in Sydenham in 1987, are James Cook, 53, a builder of The Glade, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey, Garry Vian, 47, unemployed of no fixed abode, his brother Glenn Vian, 49, of 94 Orchard Road, South Croydon; and Jonathon Rees, 53, of 4 Village Close, Weybridge, Surrey.

The latter was Mr Morgan's former business partner in their private detective agency Southern Investigations.

Mr Morgan was found at the car park at the Golden Lion pub, Sydenham Road, Sydenham on March 10, 1987, with an axe in his head..

Fillery was one of six men arrested last Monday in connection with the murder.

Two new "super grasses" reportedly led fresh investigations by the Metropolitan Police, who arrested six men, one of which was a 24-year-old serving police constable, now on police bail until June 2.

Another warrant of further detention has been granted by City of Westminster Magistrates Court in connection with a 49-year-old man and a 53-year-old man.

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