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Former Jill Dando accused Barry George in compensation battle

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of the TV presenter Jill Dando (below), is to fight a test case for compensation.

Mr George (52), who was cleared after a retrial in 2008, will be one of five lead cases to be heard at the High Court in London this autumn, a judge ruled yesterday.

The five cases include Raymond McCartney and Eamonn McDermott, who were convicted in 1979 of murder and IRA membership but had their convictions quashed in 2007.

The cases will test the law on who is entitled to |payments in ‘miscarriage of justice’ cases after a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in May last year.

Mr George's claim for damages for lost earnings and wrongful imprisonment was rejected by the Ministry of Justice on the grounds that he was not legally entitled to compensation.

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