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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 compensation bid

Barry George's original claim for compensation was rejected in January 2010 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, learns today whether he has won a High Court battle for compensation as a victim of a "miscarriage of justice".

Barry George was acquitted of Jill Dando's murder at a 2008 retrial Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

He argues that - despite his unanimous acquittal by a jury at a retrial - a Ministry of Justice "functionary" unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".

Yet for more than 30 years those acquitted on retrials in similar circumstances had been compensated, said his QC Ian Glen at a recent hearing.

Jill Dando was shot dead outside her home in Fulham in April 1999 Credit: PA Archive

He argued that the decision not to treat Mr George's acquittal as a miscarriage of justice was to go behind the decision of the jury that acquitted him and failed to take account of the fact that no safe conviction could ever be based on the evidence against Mr George.

Mr George is seeking a reconsideration of his case that could open the way for him to claim an award of up to £500,000.

His action is one of five test cases to decide who is now entitled to payments in "miscarriage of justice" cases following a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in May 2011.

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