Okay, so the New Of The Screws was wound up two Summers ago. That doesn’t lessen how irritating the then-NOTW Political Editor David Wooding was during the whole Milly Dowler phonehacking shitstorm, popping up on our TV screens outside Fortress Wapping to explain that basically News International single-handedly keep Britain Great, etc.
His whining increased inexorably after the paper’s closure, especially after the backtrack on the ‘false hope’ allegations (because apparently hacking into the voicemail of missing/dead teenagers is fine in and of itself), and like his estimable sticky-fisted colleague
Norbert Spermmousse Neville Thurlbeck seemed to revel in this brief moment in the spotlight, building himself up as some kind of classical music-loving Renaissance Man/saviour of the free press.
Landed on his feet as a Tory flag-waver and Associate Political Editor at The Sun. Who’da thunk it?
On 10 March 1987 after having a drink with Jonathan Rees, his partner in Southern Investigations, at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, Morgan was found dead in the pub car park next to his car, with an axe wound to the back of his head. Although a watch had been stolen his wallet had been left and a large sum of money was still in his jacket pocket. The pocket of his trousers had been torn open and notes he had earlier been seen writing were missing. Subsequently a match to the DNA sample found on Morgan’s trouser pocket was allegedly made. Morgan was alleged to have been investigating drug-related police corruption in south London before his death.
Detective Sergeant Sid Fillery, stationed at Catford police station, was assigned to the case but did not reveal to superiors that he had been working unofficially for Southern Investigations. In April 1987 six individuals including Sid Fillery and Jonathan Rees, the brothers Glenn and Garry Vian and two Metropolitan police officers were arrested on suspicion of murder but all were eventually released without charge.
At the inquest into Morgan’s death in April 1988 it was alleged that Jonathan Rees, who had had disagreements with Morgan, told Kevin Lennon, an accountant at Southern Investigations, that police officers at Catford police station who were friends of his were either going to murder Danny Morgan or would arrange it, and Sid Fillery would replace Morgan as Rees’s partner. When asked, Rees denied murdering Daniel Morgan. Sid Fillery, who had retired from the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds and joined Southern Investigations as Rees’s business partner, was alleged by witnesses to have tampered with evidence and attempted to interfere with witnesses during the inquiry.
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Tagged Alex Marunchak, Andy Coulson, Austin Warnes, axe murder, Bexley Heath, Bexleyheath, Catford, child porn, CIB3, Daniel Morgan, Danny Morgan, Dave Cook, Dave Courtney, Deptford, Dick Fedorcio, Freemason, Garry Vian, Ghost Squad, Glenn Vian, Greg Miskiw, Jimmy Cook, Jonathan Rees, Metropolitan Police, Michael Latham, News Of The World, NOTW, Operation Nigeria, People, Rebekah Brooks, Rebekah Wade, Sid Fillery, Sidney Fillery, Southern Investigations, Stakeknife, Sunday Mirror, Sydenham, Thornton Heath, Tom Kingston, Tommy Mack
You have to check these out – Isabeau Doucet (“freelance journalist, storyteller, visual artist, TV producer, anthropology grad, and hack-of-all trades”) has been attending the Leveson Inquiry, and whilst drinking in the evidence, she has also been sketching portraits of some of the witnesses and other players in the drama.
There is some great work there: I particularly like Onan the Barbarian himself, Neville Thurlbeck (looking magnificently not-of-this-age). I urge you to check the whole lot out yourself.
And there could be more – Isabeau has mentioned on Twitter that she might turn it all into a comic strip…
Posted in Art'N'Stuff, Bacon+Briefs+Banged Up, Corruption & Sleaze, Hackgate & Leveson, News Stand
Tagged @dizzyshambles, Chris Johnson, Christopher Jefferies, David Sherborne, Isabeau Doucet, Leveson Inquiry, Lord Leveson, Matthew Bell, NAPA, National Association of Press Agencies, Neville Thurlbeck, Robert Jay