Barry George loses appeal bid

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, today lost the latest round of his legal battle for compensation as a victim of a "'miscarriage of justice".

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Barry George case a 'matter of public concern'

The prosecution case against Barry George was "not viable and not a case where a reasonable jury could have convicted", Ian Glen QC representing Mr George said today during today's hearing.

The QC said Mr George's case was a "matter of public concern". In arguing for permission to appeal, Mr Glen said:

We seek an opportunity to make out our argument to the Secretary of State that no reasonable jury, properly directed, could have convicted on the evidence that was available to them at the retrial.

Many informed observers see the conviction of Barry George as a classic 'miscarriage of justice' when that phrase is used in common parlance.

George compensation ruling is a 'travesty of justice'

Barry George's sister Michelle Diskin has described the High Court's decision to halt her brother's compensation bid was a "travesty of justice".

There never was any viable evidence against Barry.

This whole case from April 2000 until today has been a smoke and mirrors exercise designed to placate a worried public, and give the impression that justice had been done.

Well neither the Dando family, nor our family, has seen any justice in the past 13 years.

– BARRY GEORGE'S SISTER MICHELLE DISKIN

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Barry George 'not innocent enough to be compensated'

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, has lost his legal battle for compensation as a victim of a "'miscarriage of justice".

TV presenter Jill Dando was killed in 1999. Credit: PA

Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Irwin had rejected his claim that the Justice Secretary unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".

They ruled that the Secretary of State was "entirely justified in the conclusion he reached".

Lord Justice Richards, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London, today rejected an application by Mr George for permission to challenge the January decision.

He announced that the 53-year-old - who was present in court for the ruling - had "no realistic prospects" of success on appeal.

Mr George went to the High Court seeking a reconsideration of his case which could have opened the way for him to claim an award of up to £500,000 for lost earnings and wrongful imprisonment.

Barry George loses latest compensation bid

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, today lost the latest round of his legal battle for compensation as a victim of a "'miscarriage of justice".

Barry George loses latest compensation bid. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Barry George takes compensation bid to appeal court

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando in west London, is due to take his bid for compensation as a victim of a "'miscarriage of justice" to the Court of Appeal.

Barry George who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The latest legal move follows the dismissal of his claim by two High Court judges in January.

Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Irwin rejected his claim that the Justice Secretary unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".

Mr George went to the High Court seeking a reconsideration of his case which could have opened the way for him to claim an award of up to £500,000 for lost earnings and wrongful imprisonment.

Miss Dando was shot dead outside her home in Fulham, west London, in April 1999.

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Barry George's solicitor: 'We are very disappointed'

Barry George's solicitor, Nick Baird, said: "We are very disappointed with the judgement and we shall be applying for permission to leapfrog the Court of Appeal to have the matter heard before the Supreme Court."

Barry George was cleared of murdering TV presenter Jill Dando. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr George, 52, came to court to seek a reconsideration of his case which could have opened the way for him to claim an award of up to £500,000 for lost earnings and wrongful imprisonment. But the judges ruled that he had "failed the legal test" to receive an award.

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Judges rule against Barry George compensation claim

Two judges have rejected Barry George's claim that the Justice Secretary unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".

Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Irwin ruled that the Secretary of State was "entirely justified in the conclusion he reached."

Ian Lawless, who spent eight years behind bars for murder before being freed by the Court of Appeal in 2009, won a similar legal challenge.

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Timeline of the Jill Dando murder case

  • 26 April 1999 – Jill Dando is fatally shot outside her home in Fulham in south west London
  • 25 May 2000 – Police arrest 40 year old Barry George on suspicion of murder and he is charged 4 days later
  • 26 February 2001 – The trial of Barry George begins. He denies murder
  • 2 July 2001 – The accused is found guilty and convicted of Jill Dando’s murder. He is sentenced to life in prison
  • 1 August 2008 – Barry George is found not guilty of Jill Dando’s murder following a retrial
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