Compensation claim review granted to Barry George
In August 2008 Barry George was cleared of the murder Jill Dando.
Barry George has won the first part of his legal bid for compensation. After spending eight years in jail before being acquitted of TV presenter, Jill Dando’s murder.
After being convicted in July 2001, Barry George, aged 50, was acquitted of the 1999 murder of the former TV presenter. He was freed in 2008 after being granted a retrial.
The ruling from the High Court will allow a judicial review hearing to go ahead over the government decision to refuse him compensation.
This decision could open the way to a compensation claim award of up to £500,000
Mr George, was refused compensation in March this year by the then, Justice Secretary Jack Straw. He also had a request for a judicial review of that decision in May.
It has been reported that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to his wrongful conviction and sentence.
Ian Glen QC, his barrister says his rehabilitation will depend on his financial circumstances, as he is unlikely to ever obtain paid work.
It is said Mr George is also suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, epilepsy and has learning difficulties.
Barry George must now wait until February 2011 to take any further action, after the judge placed a ‘stay’ on proceedings pending a Supreme Court ruling relating to a number of other similar cases.