Neighbour saw man with 'Desperate Dan' look before Dando murder

A neighbour of Jill Dando told the Old Bailey court in London today that she saw a man with a "Desperate Dan" look shortly before the television presenter was shot.

A neighbour of Jill Dando told the Old Bailey court in London today that she saw a man with a "Desperate Dan" look shortly before the television presenter was shot.

Charlotte de Rosnay said the man was crossing the road in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, west London, where she and Miss Dando lived.

She said the man appeared to be clean shaven but "there appeared to be a shadow".

"I believe he had a Desperate Dan look. He was jogging," she added.

Ms de Rosnay (aged 36) was looking out of her bedroom window with her then mother-in-law, Stella, at around 9.40am on Monday April 26, 1999, when the man appeared.

She said the man looked "estate agent-smart" rather than "City-smart" because of the way he was dressed.

At a video identification parade in October 2000 she failed to pick out George who, the prosecution say, had grown a goatee beard and moustache.

However, Stella de Rosnay told the court she thought the man they saw was George.

She picked him out of the identity parade saying she "had a gut feeling" it was him, but could not be certain.

She felt frustrated that they were only shown the faces of the men on the video.

Mrs de Rosnay told the court: "I am pretty well certain it is him, but I cannot say positively because of height and skin colour."

George (aged 48) of Fulham, denies murder and is being retried for the killing.

Miss Dando (aged 37) famous for presenting 'Crimewatch' and other BBC television programmes, was shot in the head at close-range as she arrived home just after 11.30am.

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