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Six arrests in unsolved axe murder case

PUBLISHED: 16:04 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

Killed: Daniel Morgan

Killed: Daniel Morgan

THE brother of a private investigator whose killer has never been caught said the arrest of five men is a significant move. Daniel Morgan, 38, was found with an axe still embedded in his head in the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham on March 10, 1987 after bei

THE brother of a private investigator whose killer has never been caught said the arrest of five men is a significant move.

Daniel Morgan, 38, was found with an axe still embedded in his head in the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham on March 10, 1987 after being struck multiple times.

It is thought he was killed ecause he was about to blow open a drug cartel involving Metropolitan Police officers.

His brother, Alistair Morgan, 59, said he has never given up hope that the case would be solved.

He said: "These are significant arrests that the police have made and now we are waiting on pins for further developments.

"My family is very hopeful that this could be the beginning of the end of a very, very long and difficult time for my family.

"It would mean over 20 years of struggle would finally be over. We have fought for so long and so hard to get justice for my brother.

He added: "I've always held out hope that the killing of my brother would be solved. I believe the Met are now determined to solve my brother's death."

In the past, the epic case has been marred by allegations of cover-ups within the Met but Mr Morgan said he thought the attitude of the police has since changed and that he has confidence in them.

Two of the most significant arrests are former Met detectives.

A 24-year-old police officer has also been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

Mr Morgan's case is the first use of SOCPA (Serious Organised Crime and Police Act) legislation which permits people to turn Queen's evidence against co-conspirators and other criminals.

Assistant Commissioner John Yates, in overall charge of the re-investigation, said: "The one consistent theme throughout has been the astonishing determination of the Morgan family to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

"The current investigation has shown that there are still people out there who have highly pertinent evidence about this case.

"The arrests demonstrate the Met's continued determination to bring those responsible to justice."

n The five men arrested in connection with the murder of Daniel Morgan remain in custody following a warrant of further detention being granted by City of Westminster Magistrates Court.

Police can now hold them until 4pm Wednesday.

The sixth man, the serving police constable, has been bailed to June 2 pending further investigations.

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