Relatives of Jill Dando’s killer Barry George today appealed to the public to come forward with any fresh evidence that might help clear his name.
George’s sister Michelle Diskin vowed to continue fighting despite struggling for funds, after a bid to have his conviction overturned was rejected by the Court of Appeal in London yesterday.
Three judges, led by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf, said they were satisfied the conviction was safe and that George had murdered the television presenter on the steps of her Fulham home in April 1999.
Members of the killer’s family have always disputed the verdict an Old Bailey jury reached at his trial last year and Ms Diskin said yesterday’s decision meant there was ‘‘no justice’’ for anybody.
‘‘Barry’s been left to rot,’’ she said.
She told GMTV that people had come forward with new evidence that helped their cause and urged others to do the same.
Ms Diskin said: ‘‘We know that there are people out there who have information.
‘‘They may not think it’s important information but the people who have come forward have found out that their information is important and there are other people out there too.
‘‘So do come forward if you think you have got information, no matter how small. Come forward, and if you don’t want to go to the police, go to Mojo (Miscarriages Of Justice Organisation). Get that information out.’’
George was jailed for life in July last year for the shooting of the 37-year-old BBC Crimewatch UK presenter in Gowan Avenue, Fulham.
The 42-year-old, of Crookham Road, Fulham, denied murder but a jury returned a majority guilty verdict of 10 to one after more than 30 hours’ deliberations.
His appeal centred on identification, with his lawyers arguing that his trial should have been halted because the majority of the evidence on that issue was inadmissible.
But in a 60-page ruling Lord Woolf said: ‘‘The important thing in this case is the evidence as a whole. Looking at the evidence as a whole we have no doubt as to the correctness of the conviction.’’