Cressida Dick ‘may have violated professional standards’ in Daniel Morgan case


Former London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick may have violated professional conduct standards in connection with the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan, an investigation by the Independent Police Action Service (IOPC) has revealed. rice field.

Morgan’s murder with an ax in the parking lot of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, southeast London, in 1987 remains unsolved after the trial broke down in 2011.

Morgan’s former business partner Jonathan Reese, brothers Garry Vian and Glen Vian, and a fourth man, Jimmy Cook, were all acquitted of murder charges. Former detective Sid Fillery, who had a side job at the company where Morgan and Reese worked, is cleared of suspicion of trying to distort the course of justice.

An independent commission released a report in June 2021, accusing the MET of “a form of institutional corruption” for covering up or denying failures related to the murder and several subsequent investigations. .

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An undated photo of Daniel Morgan, who was murdered in Sydenham, southeast London, in 1987. (Family handout/PA)

Dick resigned in February after losing the trust of London Mayor Sadiq Khan after a string of scandals, including the publication of the Daniel Morgan Commission’s report.

The IOPC released its own assessment this week (pdf) in which it states: It does not justify disciplinary action. ”

“There is no evidence that Dick intended to protect corrupt officials.”

“There is no evidence that Commissioner Dick intended to protect corrupt officials,” it said.

The IOPC said Dick “may have acted in the genuine belief that there was a legitimate police purpose”. [in protecting confidential information] …but in prioritizing these concerns over her duty to promote full and exceptional disclosure to the panel, it could be wrong. ”

However, Watchdog said her actions did not exceed the standard to justify disciplinary proceedings.

Regarding the murder itself, the IOPC said, “There are currently no new investigative avenues that could lead to criminal or disciplinary proceedings.”

Morgan’s family said they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the IOPC’s review, and found it odd that it took more than a year to produce the panel’s assessment, which was “just a pretty bad shadow of the findings”. said. .

They said, “What we find here is a rather shabby move by the IOPC to avoid the consequences of police corruption and crime that the Panel’s report led them to admit.”

In a statement, Dick said he disagreed that she may have violated standards, saying that her team was “professional, flexible, responsive, and capable in a challenging, unprecedented and complex task.” He said he acted diligently and honestly.

She said she deeply regretted that Morgan’s murderers were never brought to justice despite a number of investigations costing over £40m ($48m), saying: “The Met or its members I regret everything I’ve done.The pain of Daniel’s family who lost him in such a horrific situation.

PA Media contributed to this report.

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