The claimants team argued that DCS Cook also had the opportunity to prompt Ward by phone. it overlooks the fact that Ward was in prison and so the opportunity for unrestricted and unrecorded phone calls either did not exist or was so diminished as to make the possibility highly unlikely.” Mitting accepted that the de-brief of Ward was a “textbook” exercise.
IN JULY 2005 Ward was given a 17 year sentence for the Bedingham offences — Garry Vian was sent down for 14 years.
The prosecution case was that Jonathan Rees ordered the killing, Glenn Vian carried out the execution, his brother Garry was the look-out and Jimmy Cook was the getaway driver. The case finally collapsed in 2011 and all except Jimmy Cook sued the Metropolitan Police.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.But Ward’s willingness to give evidence in the Daniel Morgan case saw his sentence drastically reduced.In March 2007 his 17 year sentence was reduced to five years as a direct consequence of his willingness to give evidence in the Daniel Morgan murder trial.