Barry George wins apology

News Group pay 'substantial' damages to man acquitted of Dando murder

A Statement in Open Court was read yesterday on behalf of Barry George in respect of his claims for libel against News Group Newspapers. Mr George was acquitted in August 2008 of murdering Jill Dando, after spending seven years in prison awaiting a retrial.

Mr George had brought claims against articles in both The Sun and the News of the World. Allegations included that there were grounds to suspect him of the murder despite his acquittal, and that he had become obsessed and pestered other women.

Speaking after the short hearing before Mr Justice Eady, Mr George said: “I am pleased that the matter between me and News Group Newspapers has been amicably settled following successful mediation and without the need for litigation.”

5RB‘s Gordon Bishop acted for Mr George and continues to act for him in his claim against Mirror Group Newspapers.

The full Statement in Open Court can be accessed by clicking on the pdf icon below.