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Phone hacking: axe murder detective to sue

Posted by seumasach on July 13, 2011

Telegraph

13th July, 2011

David Cook is considering legal action against News Group Newspapers, a subsidiary of News International, for making him a target as he investigated the death of Daniel Morgan, who was found with an axe embedded in his head in a car park in south London in 1987.

Jonathan Rees, Mr Morgan’s business partner, was charged with his murder but the case against him collapsed in March. Mr Rees worked as an investigator for the News of the World and other publications between 1993 and 2000, and was reportedly re-hired by Andy Coulson, the former editor of the Sunday tabloid, in 2007.

According to reports, Mr Rees asked the News of the World to carry out surveillance on Mr Cook as a favour.

It has been reported that journalists hired to follow Mr Cook were investigating whether he was having an affair with Jacqui Hames, a Crimewatch presenter, only to discover that she was in fact his wife.

The case against Mr Rees collapsed after prosecutors said important evidence had not been disclosed to the defence.

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