Court Grants Barry George A Judicial Review
Barry George, the man convicted of murdering Jill Dando in 2001, has won the right to claim compensation from the government for what his legal team calls a “miscarriage of justice”.
Mr George was convicted of shooting dead the CrimeWatch presenter outside her home, but he was freed following a retrial in 2008 after serving seven years behind bars.
The high Court has accepted his application for a judicial review over the government’s decision to deny him compensation for post traumatic stress disorder which his solicitors say is a “consequence of his wrongful conviction and sentence”.
The judge presiding said Mr George could have his judicial review, but it should not take place until the Supreme Court ruled on similar cases in February 2011.
The three hearings scheduled for February will concentrate on what the phrase “miscarriage of justice” means when in relation to compensation claims.
Mr George’s judicial review will establish whether he is allowed to claim compensation, but not how much he can claim. It is thought he is seeking up to £500,000.