Former Northern Ireland police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O'Loan appointed chair of inquiry into Daniel Morgan murder

Daniel Morgan was murdered in 1987

Daniel Morgan was murdered in 1987

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Northern Ireland's first police ombudsman, who investigated the handling of the 1998 Omagh bombing, has been appointed chair of the inquiry into the brutal murder of private detective Daniel Morgan.

Baroness Nuala O'Loan, who scrutinised thousands of cases including police collusion with loyalist paramilitaries during her seven-year tenure, will head up the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel's investigation into the role of police corruption the failure to convict suspects in the 1987 axe killing.

Mr Morgan, who lived in South Norwood and ran a private investigation firm in Thornton Heath, was found dead in a pub car park in Sydenham.

Five seperate police investigations failed to bring his killers to justice, with the most Crown Prosecution Service abandoning the attempted prosecution of five suspects in 2011.

Croydon Guardian:

Baroness O'Loan

Home Secretary Theresa May launched an inquiry last year after the Metropolitan Police admitted police corruption was a "debilitating factor" in initial investigation, following tireless campaigning by Mr Morgan's family.

Baroness O'Loan replaces Sir Stanley Burton, who resigned as panel chair in November citing "personal reasons".

Ms May said: "Serious allegations of police corruption have surrounded the investigations into the murder of Daniel Morgan.

"I have previously said that the Independent Panel should leave no stone unturned in pursuing the truth.

“Baroness O’Loan has a wealth of experience in dealing with serious and sensitive cases of alleged police misconduct and corruption."

Baroness O'Loan, who served as Northen Ireland's police watchdog from 2000 to 2007, said: "It is more than 27 years since Daniel Morgan was horrifically killed and his family have endured an agonising wait for the truth to be established. There is a great deal of work to be done.

"I will do everything in my power to ensure that the panel works effectively, engaging fully with all the members of Mr Morgan’s family, to produce a report which will shine a light on what happened to Mr Morgan, and how his case has been handled since 1987."

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3:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Deltablue says...

For anybody thinking that the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation was corrupt, this inquiry will, if carried out correctly, open the biggest can of worms the met have ever seen. I would bet my life that there's lots of high ranking policemen with sweaty palms right now. Having thought that their "old school" practices had been dead and buried decades ago, they will now find themselves right in the middle of their very own "operation Yewtree" just like the Jimmy Savile celebrities.
It may be 27 years late, but at least we can say that the guilty parties involved will be sweating all the way to their graves, dreading that knock on the door rather than living their comfortable lives in retirement.
For anybody thinking that the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation was corrupt, this inquiry will, if carried out correctly, open the biggest can of worms the met have ever seen. I would bet my life that there's lots of high ranking policemen with sweaty palms right now. Having thought that their "old school" practices had been dead and buried decades ago, they will now find themselves right in the middle of their very own "operation Yewtree" just like the Jimmy Savile celebrities. It may be 27 years late, but at least we can say that the guilty parties involved will be sweating all the way to their graves, dreading that knock on the door rather than living their comfortable lives in retirement. Deltablue
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6:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

After all the years, & failed trials, I fear that the evidence is long gone, as are some of those involved. Having said that I wish them well, but as many know certain officers "protected" some of Stephen Lawrence's killers, o they won't now suddenly cooperate with this inquiry. Justice for Mr Morgan is long overdue.
After all the years, & failed trials, I fear that the evidence is long gone, as are some of those involved. Having said that I wish them well, but as many know certain officers "protected" some of Stephen Lawrence's killers, o they won't now suddenly cooperate with this inquiry. Justice for Mr Morgan is long overdue. Hove Ex-Pat
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11:10pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Deltablue says...

Hove Ex-Pat - Sadly I fear you're right. However, every time they think its over, this case keeps coming closer and closer to the surface. Imagine the stress of always praying that NOBODY cracks, or that forensic techniques improve,
The pressure on their marriages, parents, children and so on must also have a huge impact. What woman would want to put up with never knowing if their partner may end up going down for life?
So even if there has been no legal justice, at least we know that they will constantly carry that stress until they go into their box. Not good enough, I know, but its a start, and I for one wish them very poor health as the pressure of the inquiry exposes them for the pond life they are.
Hove Ex-Pat - Sadly I fear you're right. However, every time they think its over, this case keeps coming closer and closer to the surface. Imagine the stress of always praying that NOBODY cracks, or that forensic techniques improve, The pressure on their marriages, parents, children and so on must also have a huge impact. What woman would want to put up with never knowing if their partner may end up going down for life? So even if there has been no legal justice, at least we know that they will constantly carry that stress until they go into their box. Not good enough, I know, but its a start, and I for one wish them very poor health as the pressure of the inquiry exposes them for the pond life they are. Deltablue
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8:27pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Truth man says...

One word for the idiots."Freemasons" lol. When will people wake up and see the rampant corruption in society? Never,go back to sleep zzzzzzzz
One word for the idiots."Freemasons" lol. When will people wake up and see the rampant corruption in society? Never,go back to sleep zzzzzzzz Truth man
  • Score: -1

9:32pm Sat 5 Jul 14

PDonalds says...

DoD study on random polygraphs for personnel. http://t.co/Tr7uafTd


"the polygraph is the single most effective tool for finding information people were

trying to hide." - DIA, NSA.



CBP could require current employees to undergo polygraphs. http://t.co/MpPsmq2p




Make policy that polygraphs for senior hires expire every 2yrs.

http://shar.es/epfm2




Random drug, lie detector tests for Police Officers in Spain. http://www.trinidade
xpress.com/news/Rand
om-drug-lie-detector
-tests-221734651.



LAPD body video cameras.

http://www.latimes.c
om/local/la-me-dodge
rs-lapd-20131002,0,4
237783.story



The honest, brave officers with integrity deserve better.

And so does the public....



Wherever you are in the World, in your own jurisdictions, in your own capacity, you can

do something, anything, just one thing. And make a difference.



Break the code. Break the culture.
DoD study on random polygraphs for personnel. http://t.co/Tr7uafTd "the polygraph is the single most effective tool for finding information people were trying to hide." - DIA, NSA. CBP could require current employees to undergo polygraphs. http://t.co/MpPsmq2p Make policy that polygraphs for senior hires expire every 2yrs. http://shar.es/epfm2 Random drug, lie detector tests for Police Officers in Spain. http://www.trinidade xpress.com/news/Rand om-drug-lie-detector -tests-221734651. LAPD body video cameras. http://www.latimes.c om/local/la-me-dodge rs-lapd-20131002,0,4 237783.story The honest, brave officers with integrity deserve better. And so does the public.... Wherever you are in the World, in your own jurisdictions, in your own capacity, you can do something, anything, just one thing. And make a difference. Break the code. Break the culture. PDonalds
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