The most pertinent feature of the initial Daniel Morgan murder inquiry is how poorly it was handled. Campbell, the senior rank, was drunk on duty, Det Insp Alan Jones merely bungled his way through the case to the detriment of all subsequently implicated. Motives need to be examined, why was Morgan murdered? His trip to Malta looms large, the Bonnici drugs cartel of Gozo may, or may not, have been involved, but how much attention was devoted to the car import fraud that West Yorkshire Police (notoriously corrupt themselves) were investigating? Not much.
Was a Metropolitan Police constable hired by the Maltese to kill Morgan? Campbell and Jones lazily attempted to put Morgan’s partner at “Southern Investigations” in the frame. Jonathan Rees was unhappy with the outcome of the “Belmont” robbery insurance claim, yet as a theory, it is a very weak motive for murder.
Likewise Hampshi*e Police and Morgan having an affair (one of his many) with Margaret Harrison. No serious commentator places any weight on Det Ch Insp Blaker’s wild notions.
It is this flailing around which the “Independent” Panel are not dealing with. Instead they are looking for a scapegoat. Det Sgt Alec Leighton came under suspicion, DMIP overlooked his role in uncovering fraud at FBME, Cyprus. Hardly the profile of a bent cop. Leighton is blameless and if anything, a heroic figure.
Operation Abelard II was infiltrated and sabotaged internally. Step forward serial fantasist Derek G Haslam, who went crying to his MP, Liz Truss, over New Scotland Yard’s waking up to Haslam’s unreliability and untrustworthiness. If Haslam wishes to sue for libel, please do so, add embezzler Jean Hatchet (Vonny Watts, Vonny Radstone) too. Haslam planted child abuse images on Sid Fillery, of “Southern” from Haslam’s own voluminous stash.
Haslam passed on false intelligence to plod, leading to many innocent folk being set up. Haslam also bugged “Southern” and now we come to the Kim James incident. What DMIP are keeping from the tax paying public is the Met’s manipulation of evidence, misquoting of those involved and summarizing of speeches and major issues. Small wonder Sir Stanley Burnton walked away from it, thus keeping clean.