Barry George, victim of miscarriage of justice, appeals again for compensation

Barry George (L) who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, is fighting a test case for compensation

Barry George, who was wrongly convicted in 2001 of shooting dead TV personality, Jill Dando, is appealing again to the government for compensation. He spent eight years in prison before he won an appeal and was acquitted at a re-trial. His case had turned on seriously flawed gunshot residue particle evidence. When he applied for compensation however, the government refused, after the definition of ‘miscarriage of justice’ was changed in a Supreme Court ruling in 2011. In order to receive compensation, victims of miscarriages of justice could not ‘merely’ have their conviction quoshed, they had to be able to prove their innocence with new facts, so that a conviction could not possibly be supported by the evidence. This raised the bar for compensation significantly. Barry George is now set to challenge this definition and fight for compensation.  Read more here…. and here….

2 responses to “Barry George, victim of miscarriage of justice, appeals again for compensation

  1. Pingback: “Not innocent enough” victims of miscarriages lose claims for compensation | Wrongful Convictions Blog

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