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Men deny axe murder of private eye 21 years ago

PUBLISHED: 17:24 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:43 12 August 2010

VICTIM: Daniel Morgan

VICTIM: Daniel Morgan

FOUR men accused of the axe murder of a private eye 21 years ago denied the charge when they appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.  William Rees, 53, of Village Close, Weybridge, Garry Vian, 47, of no fixed address, his brother Glenn, 49, of Orchard Roa

FOUR men accused of the axe murder of a private eye 21 years ago denied the charge when they appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

William Rees, 53, of Village Close, Weybridge, 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, Tadworth, Surrey, allegedly killed 37 year-old Danny Morgan on March 10, 1987.

Mr Morgan, who co-ran private detective agency Southern Investigations with Rees, was found dead outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham with a hatchet embedded in his head.

His £900 Rolex watch was also taken.

The four defendants appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from prison for a plea and case management hearing.

They all entered not guilty pleas to the single charge of murder.

The trial - which is expected to last up to three months - has been set for April 21, 2009, but may have to be delayed until October because of problems finding defence QCs.

Retired Scotland Yard detective Sidney Fillery, 61, is charged with perverting the course of justice while working on the original murder investigation.

Fillery, who now runs a pub in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is on conditional bail and was excused from attending court.

He has already denied the allegation.

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