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Ex-cop bailed in murder case

PUBLISHED: 15:49 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

A RETIRED detective charged in connection with the axe murder of private eye Daniel Morgan 21 years ago has been granted bail.  Mr Morgan, 37, was found dead outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham with a hatchet embedded in his head on March 10, 1987.

A RETIRED detective charged in connection with the axe murder of private eye Daniel Morgan 21 years ago has been granted bail.

Mr Morgan, 37, was found dead outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham with a hatchet embedded in his head on March 10, 1987.

He was repeatedly struck with the axe and had his £900 Rolex watch taken, but not the £1,100 in his pocket.

Sidney Fillery, 61, who worked on the original murder investigation when he was a detective sergeant with the Met Police, is charged with perverting the course of

justice.

He now runs a pub in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, but has been in custody since he was charged in April.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Brian Barker QC, granted Fillery bail on August 7 after a two-day hearing at the Old Bailey.

Fillery was not in court for the bail application which was heard in chambers with press and public excluded.

Bail is subject to six conditions, which have not been

revealed.

He will return to court in October with four others accused over the murder to enter pleas.

William Rees, 53, of Village Close, Weybridge, who co-ran private detective agency Southern Investigations with Mr Morgan, Garry Vian, 47, of no fixed address, his brother Glenn, 49, of Orchard Road, South Croydon and builder James Cook, 53, of The Glade, Kingswood are all charged with murder.

A provisional date for the three month trial has been set for April 21, next year. Fillery is now on bail, while the four others remain in custody.

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