The Irish man convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando was today granted the right to a second appeal.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission said it had referred the case of Barry George to the Court of Appeal after “a thorough and intensive review”.
The decision was based on new evidence which calls into question firearms discharge evidence used by the prosecution at George’s original Old Bailey trial “and the significance attached to that evidence”.
George was convicted in July 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The Court of Appeal dismissed his first appeal against conviction in July 2002.
But lawyers acting for George launched a new bid to clear him later that year.