You what?

BARRY George – the oddball cleared of murdering TV beauty Jill Dando after serving eight years for the crime – has been REFUSED compensation for his time behind bars.

Despite a \”not guilty\” verdict in George\’s retrial, Government law chiefs REJECTED his massive £1.4 million claim with a shock ruling that he has not proven his innocence.

George – known in his London home patch as \”the local weirdo\” with convictions for attempted rape and incecent assault – demanded the huge sum as payback for lost earnings, wrongful imprisonment, stress and destruction of character.

But a source close to him revealed: \”The Ministry of Justice have totally blown Barry out of the water.

\”They wrote and told him he\’ll be getting absolutely NOTHING as he has no reputation to damage and hasn\’t PROVED he\’s totally in the clear.


OK, so it\’s News of the Screws so a pinch of salt is necessary. But is this true? That he\’s being denied compensation for being unrighteously jugged?

I\’ve been known to comment on this subject before:

If we as a society get things wrong and imprison the innocent it is our duty, as that very society, to both say sorry and to compensate them as best we can. What we offer can only ever be inadequate but to deny this moral fact, to save the price of MP’s pork pies?

You fuck Clarke, for shame.

Apparently it\’s now them fucks.

11 thoughts on “You what?”

  1. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    Silly old you, Tim. Of course he’s not entitled to compo. Compo is for ethnics, Muslims and wimmin.

  2. Presumably there are two separate claims possible. There is the wrongful imprisonment claim, for which he would get some amount minus his board and lodging at HRH’s pleasure, then there is a claim for loss of reputation. NotW seems to have conflated them. I can understand the second being rejected, but the first?

  3. Of course, I’d prefer that the compensation were paid by the policemen and lawyers involved in this farrago.

  4. If this is true, the critical part is “hasn’t proved he’s totally in the clear”. What part of “not guilty” don’t they understand? At the very least, compensation for wrongful imprisonment, lost earnings, and not to mention loss of freedom for eight years – might not sound much but the freedom to wander down the road for a pint or a coffee or a movie is underappreciated – should be automatic.

    Ok his claim looks excessive but still.

  5. Come to think of it, the policemen and lawyers misbehaved at the prompting of the media. So how would the News of the Screws like to chip in to the compensation fund?

  6. If it were established that he had made some contribution to his own misfortune, would that provide a legal basis for rejecting his compensation claim?

  7. @Monty: sort of like if a woman went out at night wearing a short skirt, that would be evidence that she had contributed to a later rape?

    But I didn’t come here for this. I came to congratulate Tim, who is apparently an amateur non-journalist. I’ve requested clarification on the talk page: could Tim perhaps be considered a professional non-journo instead? We shall see.

  8. William // Apr 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    @Monty: sort of like if a woman went out at night wearing a short skirt, that would be evidence that she had contributed to a later rape?
    No. Not the same thing at all.
    I am referring to the potential risk of a defendant jeopardising their own defence at trial, and then filing a subsequent action for damages after the resulting conviction is ultimately ruled unsound.

    It is not unknown for defendants to make false confessions, and false declarations under oath. Making that lucrative might not be a smart move.

  9. @Monty: I hardly think a person of sound mind (and if they aren’t of sound mind they should be sectioned, not put in jail) would be tempted to confess to a crime (and manufacture evidence to that end) in order to be convicted, spend ages in jail going through the Appeals process, and hopefully be freed and paid lots of compo. The chances are you might lose your appeals and end up doing the time.

    And regarding whether if he was considered partly responsible for his situation, if that would affect his compensation claim – I’m sure I have read of cases where someone has sued a company for compo and despite being held partly liable for the accident, still got some money out of them.

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