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News Round-Up Week Ending 17.2.17

(Posted on 20/02/17)

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News Round-Up Week Ending 17.2.17

Randox in Hot Water.

Two employees at a forensic science lab have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police.

 

Randox Testing Services analyses blood, saliva and hair samples on behalf of police forces. 

Hundreds of convictions could be unsafe, based on incorrect toxicology test results.

“Randox Testing Services have provided forensic services to police forces, including GMP, for the past two years,” said a police spokeswoman. “The organisation is being fully cooperative [with] the investigation.”

3 Lose Malice Case in 30-year-old Murder Investigation

Three men charged with the 1987 murder of Daniel Morgan have lost their case of malicious prosecution. 

 

The private detective was found with an axe in his head outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south London, on 10th March 1987. 

Jonathan Rees, Morgan’s former business partner, and his brothers-in-law, Garry and Glenn Vian, were tried for the murder but the case collapsed in 2011. Sid Fillery was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice but the case was dropped.

The Guardian describes the Morgan case, led by DCS David Cook, as “mired in claims of police and media corruption”.

The four launched a civil suit against the Metropolitan police but, on Friday, high court judge Mr Justice Mitting ruled against Rees and the Vians. 

Fillery won part of his claim and was awarded £25,000 in interim damages, after the sole witness was found to have been unreliable and mishandled.

The deceased’s brother, Alastair Morgan, said: “Whatever the conclusions of this judgment, we consider that it would be a travesty of justice if David Cook is allowed to become the scapegoat for the failures of the Metropolitan police over the decades in failing to confront the police corruption that lay at the heart of this case.

“Like us, the public at large can see how the sickness of such police corruption has been allowed to fester and spread through the ranks, and that is the real mischief for which the Metropolitan police must be held to account.” 

Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt said: “We strongly believed that it was right and justifiable to pursue these men as part of the investigation into Daniel Morgan’s murder. The judge has found in our favour in relation to the three men that were charged with Daniel’s murder.

“In relation to Sidney Fillery we acknowledge the judge’s findings and what he said about ex-detective chief superintendent Cook. We are considering the appropriate next step to take.

“Whilst we welcome this judgment, I am mindful that the work of the Daniel Morgan independent panel is ongoing, and we continue to work with them as they seek to fully examine the circumstances of Daniel’s murder, and the handling of the case since 1987.”