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Barry George wants justice for Jill Dando's family

Barry George, the man who was wrongly jailed and served eight years for Jill Dando's murder. Credit: PA Wire

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.

He told ITV's Daybreak: "First, as strange as it might seem, for her family because obviously they have been wronged and they've not been, I believe although I can't be positive, that they've not been told all the truth of the matter of what's happened. They've probably been deceived a little."

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

After his conviction in July 2001, Mr George, of Fulham, was acquitted of killing the 37-year-old BBC presenter at a retrial in August 2008.

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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.

Barry George loses latest round of compensation bid

Barry George spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted. Credit: Press Association

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 decision 'defective and contrary to justice'

Jill Dando was shot dead outside her home in Fulham in April 1999. Credit: BBC/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The decision to refuse compensation was "defective and contrary to natural justice", according to Ian Glen QC, who was representing Barry George.

Despite Mr George's unanimous acquittal by a jury at his retrial, a Ministry of Justice "functionary" had unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".

Mr Glen said that for more than 30 years those acquitted on retrials in similar circumstances had been compensated.

He said: "We are not sure when the policy was changed or whether it was affected by the Barry George case."

The position seemed to have changed in 2008, the year Mr George was acquitted, Mr Glen added.

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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.

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.

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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