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Trial date for 21 year old murder case

PUBLISHED: 15:59 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

A TRIAL date has been set for four men accused of murdering a private detective 21 years ago, writes Kate Nelson. Daniel Morgan, 37,

A TRIAL date has been set for four men accused of murdering a private detective 21 years ago, writes Kate Nelson.

Daniel Morgan, 37, was found dead outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, with an axe buried in his head on March 10, 1987.

He had been struck repeatedly and had his £900 Rolex watch taken, but not the £1,100 in his pocket. His former business partner William Rees, 53, of Village Close, Weybridge, Surrey who co-ran private detective agency Southern Investigations, is charged with his murder.

Garry Vian, 47, of no fixed address, his brother, Glenn Vian, 49, of Orchard Road, South Croydon and builder James Cook, 53, of The Glade, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey are also charged with murder.

Retired Metropolitan police detective Sidney Fillery, 61, of The Street, Thurne, Great Yarmouth, is charged with perverting the course of justice.

Last Thursday, four of the men, excluding Garry Vian, appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from prison. Vian was not in court after being delayed on his way from Lewes prison in East Sussex. All four spoke only to confirm their names and did not enter pleas.

Speaking at the time of the five men's arrest in April this year, Alistair Morgan, said: "My family is very hopeful that this could be the beginning of the end of a very very long and difficult time for us.

"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.

"Obviously I'm limited in what I can say legally but let's just say I'm cautiously optimistic. I've always held out hope that the murder of my brother would be solved. I believe the Met are now determined to solve my brother's murder."

Last Thursday, the Recorder of London, Judge Peter Beaumont, Queen's Counsel, set a trial date for April 21 next year. The case is expected to last up to 12 weeks and is likely to be presided over by a High Court judge. A full plea and case management hearing was adjourned until a date to be fixed in late September or early October. All were remanded in custody to appear again on a date to be fixed.

Glenn Vian, , Surrey; Cook, Tadworth, Surrey; and Fillery, Norfolk; were arrested after a secret two year investigation.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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