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George hopes killer is caught

Barry George outside the Royal Courts of Justice this month Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Barry George, the man who was wrongly jailed and served eight years for Jill -Dando's murder, has spoken of his hope to see her killer face justice.

Mr George, 53, who was this week refused legal permission to continue his appeal for compensation, said: "I hope it's in my -lifetime that the real killer is caught."

He told the Sunday Mirror: "A massive cheer went up at Belmarsh Prison when I was cleared but my first thoughts were of her not getting justice and for her family.

"Although I never met Jill Dando she was an innocent woman who was murdered and no person with any conscience could stand there and say they felt no compassion for her and her family."

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

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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Barry George compensation decision due

Barry George has challenged a decision to deny him compensation Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, will learn today whether he has won a High Court battle for compensation as a victim of a "miscarriage of justice".

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