In an unsolved axe murder case, Met chiefs are accused of ‘betrayal.’
The country’s largest police force has been accused of disrespecting the public by botching investigations into the 34-year-old unsolved axe murder of a private detective. The Metropolitan Police, according to Baroness O’Loan, failed to respond honestly to concerns about cover-ups and inefficiency.
She stated that senior officers put the force’s reputation ahead of the public’s interest. Dame Cressida Dick, the Met’s leader, characterized it as “bordering on offensive” yesterday.
The Met was described as “institutionally corrupt” in Baroness O’Loan’s investigation on the murder of Daniel Morgan, released last month.
Outside the Golden Lion bar in Sydenham, south London, the father-of-two was slain with an axe.
Four police investigations have yielded no results in the hunt for his assailant.
“Concealing or denying deficiencies for the benefit of the organization’s public image constitutes dishonesty,” the audit stated.
it is a type of institutionalized corruption.”
The peer, who conducted an independent investigation into the affair, described the Met’s response as “very regrettable.”
Dame Cressida and others’ views, she told the London Assembly’s police and crime committee, “illustrate clearly the situation.”
Senior officials “continued to lack candour,” according to Baroness O’Loan, who also said “incompetence and corrupt activities” impeded all inquiries.
“The Met…has not responded honestly to the public and [his]family,” she continued.
“The Metropolitan Police Service has prioritized its own reputation over the public interest. This is a betrayal of the family, as well as the general public and excellent, honest officials. It will erode trust.”