THE STORY SO FAR …PRIVATE EYE Jonathan Rees (left) should have been an immediate suspect in the murder of his business partner Daniel Morgan in 1987 — the two men were love rivals and were arguing about a botched security operation.
But Scotland Yard detective sergeant Sid Fillery (right) kept that crucial information — as well as his close friendship with Rees and his own involvement in the ill-fated security operation — from the murder squad for several vital days.
He chose the Daniel Morgan murder as his bargaining tool. He told DCS Cook that the motive for the murder centred on a multi-million pound drug-dealing ring. It was Glenn with the axe, Garry was there and Jimmy with the car.” The claimants’ team argued this prompt meant Ward’s evidence had been “deliberately contaminated by [DCS] Cook”. At that stage, he noted: “Cook was gathering intelligence not evidence.” Ward later agreed to give evidence.In February 2005 he met DCS Cook but made it clear he would not give evidence against Rees and the other suspects: “That will resolve (sic) in someone’s death, my wife, son, grandchildren,” he said. The following exchange took place: Ward: “Where shall I start? Once he was accepted as an “assisting offender” a “sterile corridor” was created between the detectives de-briefing him and the Daniel Morgan murder team.This was to prevent murder squad detectives influencing witnesses.The couple took out a Bank of Scotland mortgage to pay for the new Weybridge property in 2006 and added a second — from Skye Loans Limited — shortly after.understands Rees was arrested in 2006 by Scotland Yard’s Financial Crimes Unit in connection with a mortgage application on this house.