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In quotes: George's psychologist

Barry George's psychologist, Dr Susan Young, gave this statement at the Old Bailey after he was found not guilty of murdering BBC television presenter Jill Dando:

Barry George's psychologist talks about his reaction to the not guilty verdict

Mr George suffers from various medical and psychological conditions.

He has epilepsy, severe cognitive impairment that affects his intellectual and memory functioning, anxiety and panic attacks.

For the first time the courts have recognised the need for a vulnerable defendant to be provided with the support of a clinical psychologist.

In this capacity I sat in the dock by Mr George's side to monitor his mental state and provide him with the necessary support and psychological intervention to help him cope with the trial.

As a team we welcomed this innovation and believed it was important to minimise problems and potential delays to the trial process.

'Deep breath'

This support was also provided at the Royal Courts of Justice during his successful appeal last November.

Mr George feels overwhelmed by the verdict as throughout the trial he didn't dare get his hopes up and he continually said to me in the dock he thought he would be convicted.

His eyes filled with tears and he took a very deep breath.

He now has to make some very important adjustments to his life. He has spent many years in prison and he will need to rebuild his life in the community.

This will not be easy and once the dust has settled we hope that Mr George and his family will be allowed to settle peacefully back into the community after the hardship of the past few years.




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