London Street Gangs: Daniel Morgan murder (Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice and Racism in Scotland Yard)
June Tweedie was their barrister. She arrived at the Southwark Coroner’s Court direct from Gibraltar where she had been involved in another controversial inquest and one with more immediately obvious political remifications – the “Death on the Rock” killing of three IRA members in an SAS ambush, which some argue was part of a shoot-to-kill policy exported from the dirty war in Northern Ireland.
Despite their suspicions, nothing prepared the Morgans for what came out at the inquest. An early and electrifying witness was Kevin Lennon, the bookkeeper and company secretary of Southern Investigations.
Lennon explained he had been friendlier with Rees than with the murdered man; and as a result of this friendship Rees had, he claimed, repeatedly confided in him. Rees had come to hate Daniel, repeatedly referring to him in front of other people as “the little Welsh cripple”, Lennon told the inquest. The two were also rivals over a mistress they shared called Margaret Harrison, a local estate agent.
Lennon claimed Rees repeatedly discussed with him how he intended to get Daniel out of the business. Initially, Lennon told the coroner Rees had confided in him that his plan was to get Daniel breathalysed by his friends at Norbury police station while driving home late one night. This would cost Daniel his driving licence and incapacitate him in the business. Lennon added that to his certain knowledge Rees proceeded to try to make such arrangements on at least three occasions. But the plan never came off for reasons that remain unclear.