Three weeks ago claims that the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation was affected by a corrupt relationship between a policeman and the father of one of the suspects were 'proved to be unfounded', a police watchdog ruled.
James Davidson 48, a retired detective sergeant, was accused of taking a bribe to shield Stephen's killers from justice in a TV documentary last year.
Talking from his country estate on the outskirts of Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire, Davidson told our reporter at the time,
"I am just glad that at long last my name has been cleared. This has dragged on for over 14 years. Every day has been a living nightmare for my wife and I. Can you imagine what it is like to have such a serious investigation going on around you. You cannot relax for one minute. I feel I have aged over 20 years. At last we can now start to enjoy my retirement without having this hanging over our heads. The suggestion that I was paid to distort the truth is ridiculous. What British police officer would risk doing that nowadays. It's not the 1970's now you know."
When questioned about how a detective sergeant could retire at the relatively young age of 33 and afford to buy an 8 bedroomed house in one of Britain most exclusive neighbourhood's, Mr Davidson replied that he had joined the Met at 16 and that he had, and I quote, 'made some very close friends in the city'. When our reporter asked him about his knowledge of Insider trading laws the ex policeman called an abrupt end to the interview.
Due to the complicated nature of the enquiry, the new case against retired detective sergeant James Davidson is not likely to start until 2010.
His defence lawyer Herbert Cohen said,
"This is desperate bad luck for my client. Unfortunately I could see this case dragging on for some time. At least eventually he will be able to get some peace.....Unless of course they reopen the investigation into the Brinks Mat Robbery."