Mrs Didactophobe and I are absolutely delighted with the news that Barry George has been acquitted of the Jill Dando murder. It was patently obvious that the 'evidence' against him was flimsy in the extreme and, when even that was discredited, there was only one possible verdict. Because a celebrity had been killed, the police were under pressure from the tabloids to get a result. When the suspect can be stereotyped as 'mad' (Daily Mirror); a 'beast' (Daily Mail) and 'tried to kill Di too' (The Sun), the chance of a fair trial plunges to somewhere sub-zero. Even Nick Ross, who believed George to be guilty, admitted to 'surprise' at George's conviction.
Barry George will undoubtedly be entitled to compensation: I wonder if he will be pursuing further damages through the libel courts.