Barry George loses legal bid

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

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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

Barry George loses bid to claim up to £500,000

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".

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

TV presenter Jill Dando was killed in 1999. Credit: BBC/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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