Jury and George in visit to doorstep of Dando killing

A JURY at the trial of a man accused of murdering TV personality Jill Dando yesterday visited the doorstep where she was shot dead.

Barry George is accused of stalking Dando, along with a host of other television presenters, before shooting her outside her terraced home in Fulham, west London.

The jury of eight women and four men, who have already heard evidence at the Old Bailey, were driven to Dando’s house after visiting George’s flat in Crookham Road, 500 yards from the murder scene.

Passers-by and the media were ushered away from Gowan Avenue as a police cordon blocked off half the street.

The jurors were shown the doorstep where Miss Dando had been shot in the head from close range within 30 seconds of getting out of her car and reaching the front door. She was found in a pool of blood after collapsing in a nearby bush.

George, 48, who was first tried for her killing in 2001, is facing a retrial. He denies murder. The court heard on Monday how he was a celebrity-obsessed stalker who had taken thousands of pictures of women without their knowledge.

George, wearing a blue shirt and tie with a fluorescent yellow vest, was seen stood, surrounded by officers, within a few feet of the jury members as they left Miss Dando’s home and were led down her street. He remained no more than 15ft behind the entourage as they walked toward Doneraile Street.

They had earlier stopped for a toilet break and a member of the public brushed past George as he waited, cuffed to a prison guard, on a street corner.

The defendant, who was sweating profusely, had his head bowed as he was taken back into his prison van while the jury left in the police-escorted coach.

The trial was adjourned until today.

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