George: Jill's killer deserves 'rough justice'

Barry George said tonight police would never catch Jill Dando’s killer as he spoke of his “astonishment” at being acquitted of murder.

Barry George said tonight police would never catch Jill Dando’s killer as he spoke of his “astonishment” at being acquitted of murder.

The 48-year-old said he felt like he was in the “Twilight Zone” after being cleared on Friday of the TV presenter’s death following a retrial at the Old Bailey.

Reflecting on his eight-year fight for freedom, Mr George criticised police as being “over-exuberant and obsessive” and said he did not know who Miss Dando was before he heard of her death.

He said he had been singled out by officers because he was “the local oddball” and an easy target.

Insisting he was not responsible for Miss Dando’s death, Mr George said the real killer needed “rough, straight” justice.

He told Sky News: “To be quite honest and practical, I don’t think they’ll ever find who done it.

“Anyone who knows me knows it is not in my make-up at all.

“No-one, but no-one, should do that to a human being.

“I would say they need rough, straight justice.”

He said he felt “sorry” for the Dando family, adding: “I cannot begin to understand what they might be going through. I can only say that I am not the perpetrator, I am not the killer. I just hope they get justice.

“I cannot put myself in their place. I can only say that I am sorry they haven’t got their justice.”

“I was the easiest target on the case. They (police) could just say, ’We’ve got the local oddball’.”

Mr George also indicated he was considering claiming compensation, saying his lawyers were “getting on with the legalities of it”.

He told how he was convinced a jury at the Old Bailey was going to find him guilty.

Remembering the moment they delivered the not-guilty verdict, he said: “I fell back in astonishment. I was just overwhelmed, in shock.

“I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. Is this reality? Is this real?”

He went on to criticise police, before adding: “I had no idea who she (Miss Dando) was. I had no idea, never met her in my life.”

When asked about other alleged stalkings and photos of Miss Dando at his house, he said: “They were trying to make a sinister case.

“I will look anyone in the eye and state, ’I did not kill Jill Dando’.”

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