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Barry George Wins Libel Case Against Sun And News of The World

by | 16th, December 2009

BARRY George has won his libel trial. MacGuffin observes:

THE Sun and the News of the World have apologised and paid ‘substantial’ libel damages to Barry George the man convicted, and then acquitted, of killing Jill Dando over several articles suggesting he was guilty and was also a stalker.

Here’s one of the key excerpts from the MediaGuardian story :

In his interview with the News of the World, the paper stated that George had told them: “I didn’t kill Jill Dando – I was stalking someone else at the time.”

News Group now accepts that George never made that statement to them. News Group also admitted that any suggestion George stalked Kay Burley was incorrect.

And:

the Sun and News of the World, further apologised for a series of articles in the two tabloids in which various allegations were made that he had become obsessed with the Sky News presenter Kay Burley, had pestered a woman after answering an advertisement she placed about a dog and had become obsessed with Pam Wright, the fiancee of the Ipswich strangler Steve Wright.

George’s lawyer said that:

News Group has now admitted that the articles “would have been understood to mean that there were grounds to suspect Mr George of the murder despite his acquittal. (They) accept

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