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Detective Superintendent Hamish Campbell
"I am very pleased with the verdict"
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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Police 'delight' at conviction
Detective Chief Inspector Hamish Campbell
Hamish Campbell always believed he would find the killer
The policeman who led the hunt for Jill Dando's murderer has paid tribute to the "unremitting effort" of the staff who brought the killer to justice.

Detective Superintendent Hamish Campbell said he believed that many motives may have driven Barry George to kill.

"He was internally driven, but I cannot say what drove him to kill her," he said.


I believe the right verdict has been reached

Detective Superintendent
Hamish Campbell
"There were dysfunctional qualities about him. He had a history of attacking women in the past.

"It is a blurring and a combination of both obsession and fascination with women together with previous attacks in the past and also Miss Dando's celebrity role and his fascination in that field."

Mr Campbell said his team had always thought they would find Miss Dando's killer and he believed the right verdict had been reached.

There has been some criticism of the way the investigation was handled, but Mr Campbell said it had been pursued in a methodical method.

Difficulties

"As in any investigation there were areas we would look at for possible improvements within the system," he added.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Moore said he was "delighted" with the outcome and spoke of the difficulties of the investigation.

He said: "It was a stranger attack. It was not seen by anybody, the killer was not seen at the time, and very little forensic evidence was left behind. There could be no more difficult environment to investigate a case."

He paid tribute to the team, saying: "The Metropolitan Police is rightly proud of this team of investigators."

He also thanked the Crown Prosecution Service for their help in preparing the evidence, saying they had made it "understandable to the jury".

'Grief'

He said his thoughts were with the Dando family and their friends.

"We hope that this verdict will help them come to terms with their tragic and untimely loss," he said.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, said he welcomed the verdict.

"To describe the cold blooded murder of Jill Dando - and the subsequent inquiry to track down her killer and bring him to justice - as 'high profile' would be an understatement.


There was enormous public interest in every aspect of the Metropolitan Police investigation

Met Police Commissioner
Sir John Stevens
"Jill was famous, popular and the co-presenter of a programme that has given immeasurably help to the police service. She was also a glamorous and lovely person who was engaged to be married.

"The combination of these factors meant that that there was enormous public interest in every aspect of the Metropolitan Police investigation.

"This of course had a real impact on the nature and progress of the inquiry and today's verdict is a credit to professionalism, hard work and determination of Hamish Campbell and his team.

"Although this chapter in the case has now closed, for Jill Dando's family and friends there remains grief and loss.

"Our thoughts are with them and I hope today's verdict will help them to come to terms with her tragic and untimely death."

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