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I WASN'T BITTER AT BBC, SAYS JILL MAN.

Byline: ADRIAN SHAW

JILL Dando murder suspect Barry George was accused by police of targeting her because he had a grudge against the BBC.

One detective asked him if he had "an attitude problem" against the organisation. But George replied: "I didn't have any difficulty with them whatsoever."

A tape of the exchange was played to an Old Bailey jury yesterday. It was made as police quizzed him after his arrest.

George, 41, is said to have gunned down Crimewatch presenter Jill outside her Fulham home two years ago.

The court had heard that he may have believed she insulted his rock hero Freddie Mercury in an interview.

Det Con Michael Snowden asked former BBC messenger George: "Did you have a problem with Miss Dando because she was a journalist?"

He replied: "Until her death, I didn't know who she was and that's the truth of the matter."

George was quizzed about pictures of presenters taken from his TV.

He replied: "I can't recall having personally taken the pictures."

Mr Snowden said: "You regularly go to the BBC and phone the BBC and Miss Dando was a BBC employee."

George responded: "Mere coincidence, but yes, I agree with what you are saying." He denies murder. The trial continues.
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Date:May 26, 2001
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