Scotland Yard may be forced to payout millions of pounds to former suspects following a botched investigation after a man was killed with an axe in south-east London, it has emerged.
Private detective Daniel Morgan was found with the weapon lodged in his head in the car park of a pub, in Sydenham, in 1987 after meeting his business partner Jonathan Rees for a drink.
The 30-year-old case has been plagued by a series of failed inquiries which have reportedly already cost the tax payer over £50 million. In April 2008 a group of men, including Mr Rees, were arrested over Mr Morgan’s murder.
Relatives bereaved by the 1974 terror attacks had asked Home Secretary Amber Rudd to establish a fund similar to that created for the families represented at the Hillsborough stadium disaster inquests.
Ms Rudd has turned down the request, made by nine of the families, but said she supports their application for legal aid funding through the conventional route of the independent Legal Aid Agency (LAA). The families’ lawyers have been working pro bono to date.
Sharmila Ullah was taken into police custody in July 2014 after being arrested for shoplifting. The 30-year-old, of Fourth Avenue, was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital from Bloxwich Police Station after suffering abdominal pain and vomiting.
The mother, known as Millie, was returned to her cell the following morning where a doctor certified her as fit to be detained. But shortly after 11.50am on July 10 she was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at hospital less than an hour later.