...but cop says wit­ness is too scared to re­veal name

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A HIT­MAN has claimed he knows who was be­hind the mur­der of BBC Crime­watch pre­sen­ter Jill Dando al­most 18 years ago – but won’t re­veal who it is for fear of be­ing killed him­self. On ITV’s This Morn­ing pro­gramme on Tues­day, the anony­mous gun­man gave his take on the no­to­ri­ous mur­der to in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist and for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer Mark Wil­liams-Thomas. The journo has un­cov­ered new in­for­ma­tion on Jill’s killing and is urg­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice to look again at the un­solved case. Jill Dando was gunned down out­side her home in Ful­ham Lon­don, on April 26, 1999. The 37-year-old’s body was dis­cov­ered by her neigh­bour. She’d been killed by a sin­gle shot to her tem­ple. Lo­cal Barry Ge­orge was con­victed and jailed for her mur­der in 2001 on foren­sic ev­i­dence from gun residue. The ev­i­dence was later found to be wrong and he was ac­quit­ted eight years later.

Speak­ing to Wil­liamsThomas on the show, the hit­man, who is one of 100 sus­pects on a list com­piled by po­lice that was never fol­lowed up, said he had “no doubt in [his] mind” that Jill Dando was mur­dered by a “pro­fes­sional killer”.

He said: “It was a pro­fes­sional. No doubt about it. The per­son still at large is dan­ger­ous.”


When asked about the other sus­pects he said: “One par­tic­u­lar name stands out to me but I won’t iden­tify that per­son be­cause he is very dan­ger­ous. If I said who it was they would come af­ter me.”

Af­ter go­ing through the po­lice files on Jill’s mur­der, Wil­liams-Thomas – who’s ear­lier probe led to the umask­ing of paedo Jimmy Sav­ile – claims there are new pieces of in­for­ma­tion the Met now needs to look at.

He claims that cops or­dered two “of­fender pro­files” dur­ing their ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion to try and put to­gether a pic­ture of who might have done the deed.

But he al­leges po­lice also asked for a third pro­file af­ter charg­ing Barry Ge­orge. When his le­gal team asked to see the pro­files he claims the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice said they “never ex­isted”.

The reporter also says there is a list of 100 po­ten­tial sus­pects that was never prop­erly “fol­lowed up” be­cause Barry Ge­orge was on trial for the mur­der.

Speak­ing to Phillip Schofield and Holly Wil­loughby on Tues­day, Wil­liams-Thomas said the Met Po­lice had thanked him for his re­port and said it would “take on board the new info and act on it”.

A spokesman said: “The MPS would wel­come any new in­for­ma­tion or ev­i­dence that re­lates to the mur­der of Jill Dando, a case which re­mains un­solved.”

NEW INFO: Jour­nal­ist and for­mer po­lice­man Wil­liamsThomas AC­CUSED: Ge­orge and paedo Sav­ile

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