Daniel Morgan, a private investigator, was murdered in southeast London on 10 March 1987. Despite five criminal investigations focusing on the murder nobody has been successfully prosecuted. This led to calls for an inquiry from Daniel Morgan’s family, who had waged a long campaign for those responsible for his murder to be brought to justice.
On 10 May 2013, in a written statement to Parliament, the then Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, announced that the Government was setting up the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel (DMIP) to review police handling of the murder investigation.
The remit of the Panel was to shine a light on the circumstances of Daniel Morgan’s murder, its background and the handling of the case over the period since 1987. In so doing the Panel sought to address questions arising, in particular those relating to:
- police involvement in Daniel Morgan’s murder;
- the role played by police corruption in protecting those responsible for the murder from being brought to justice and the failure to confront that corruption; and
- the incidence of connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists at the News of the World and other parts of the media, and alleged corruption involved in the linkages between them.