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Jill Dando murder suspects

PUBLISHED: 15:01 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 August 2010

A TOP Scotland Yard detective will review the Jill Dando murder inquiry - including interviews with two of north Kent s most feared men. The re-investigation headed by Assistant Commissioner John Yates follows the acquittal of Barry George, 48, who serve

A TOP Scotland Yard detective will review the Jill Dando murder inquiry - including interviews with two of north Kent's most feared men.

The re-investigation headed by Assistant Commissioner John Yates follows the acquittal of Barry George, 48, who served eight years for the 'Golden Girl' of television's murder in 1999.

In October last year the Reporter revealed that Ian 'Lucky' Tucker, 41, of Lewis Road, Istead Rise, was quizzed THREE times by cops investigating the fatal shooting.

He made the sensational revelation in MacIntyre's Underworld and is currently serving six-and-a-half-years in Maidstone Prison for possessing a gun.

Dave Courtney, 49, from Plumstead, who worked closely with Tucker running a debt collecting business, also claimed he was 'pulled in' twice over the murder for having a grudge with Crimewatch. But this week the former villain, who visited Gravesend in December 2006 to sign copies of his book and discuss plans for a new film called White Rolls Royce, protested his innocence. Mr Courtney said: "I had an alibi. I live my life by a calendar. I was doing an audience-with show, where I was speaking."

He slammed the police investigation, claiming that they refuse to admit that her death could be related to BBC's Crimewatch that Dando presented, adding: "Me and Ian Tucker were questioned because I had a connection with guns and ended up putting away a lot of people I know.

"An idiot could work out that it was somebody who had a husband, lover or son that Crimewatch had put away.

"That is the only angle the police didn't look at. They didn't even mention it once that it could be that." During the Channel 5 Macintyre show, Tucker revealed that within seconds of the news of her murder breaking he had a call from an associate warning him to make sure he knew exactly where he was at the time of the killing. The voice said: "Just take time out; just remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. Jill Dando has been shot dead."

Tucker said: "Just because I had the hump with Crimewatch they wanted to interview me about the mysterious shooting of Jill Dando."

He added: "I had a cast iron alibi."

Assistant Commissioner John Yates, speaking about the ongoing murder inquiry, said: "As with all unsolved murders, this case remains open and subject to review. A £50,000 reward from the charity Crimestoppers still remains available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Jill's murderer. We continue to appeal for any new information and keep an open mind in relation to this case."

Barry George, who was convicted of Jill Dando's murder in July 2001, has always protested his innocence. He was cleared at the Old Bailey last Friday following a retrial, telling reporters: "To be quite honest and practical, I don't think they'll ever find who did it."

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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