Barry George Loses Payout Bid Over Jill Dando Conviction 'For Not Being Innocent Enough'
Barry George, who spent eight years behind bars after being wrongly convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, has lost his High Court bid for compensation on the grounds he was "not innocent enough."
Two judges rejected Barry George's claim that he was victim of a miscarriage of justice.
Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Irwin ruled on Friday that the Secretary of State was entirely justified in his ruling that George was "not innocent enough to be compensated".
Mr George's solicitor, Nick Baird, said: "We are very disappointed with the judgment and we shall be applying for permission to leapfrog the Court of Appeal to have the matter heard before the Supreme Court."
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.
Miss Dando was shot dead outside her home in Fulham in April 1999.
After his conviction in July 2001, Mr George, of Fulham, west London, was acquitted of killing the 37-year-old BBC presenter at a retrial in August 2008.