The sister of the man wrongly convicted of Jill Dando's murder says he was incapable of the killing because "he would have had an epileptic seizure out of shock".

Speaking 20 years on from the shooting of the TV favourite outside her West London home, Michelle Diskin Bates insists her brother "was not capable of doing such a thing".

"He would probably have just fallen down," she says.

At just 37, Jill was gunned down in the middle of the day on her doorstep, in a crime that shocked the nation, on April 26 1999.

A local man with learning difficulties, George was found guilty of her murder in 2001.

He spent seven years in prison before his acquittal in 2008.

Michelle appears alongside her younger brother in a new ITV documentary on the eve of the anniversary.

Despite his acquittal, George’s claim for compensation for wrongful arrest was dismissed by judges.

Speaking to the Mirror, Michelle says George, now 59, has never received compensation because police have never found the real killer.

“It would be lovely to move on, but many people still won’t allow Barry to move on, and until he receives an apology – forget about compensation, compensation should be given to people who are wrongly convicted anyway – the apology is the most important thing," she says.

Michelle can’t see that happening until the real killer is found: “Maybe we will have one if they find the person who really did carry this out.

“It’s not only the police, it’s the whole justice system: it starts with the police, then the CPS, then the court.

"And at any stage along the way these things could have been stopped. And in Barry’s case they were not.

“It’s a double injustice because Jill’s family thought they had at least closure when Barry was convicted, and they have no closure because they – the same as we – still don’t know who killed their loved one.”

Michelle says it’s “very likely” that the police’s pursuit of George meant the real killer slipped through the net.

She says in the ITV documentary being aired tomorrow evening: "If they didn't have the right person, has that person gone on and killed other people?"

Michelle's view is shared by the high-profile lawyer who cleared George’s name at his retrial.

William Clegg QC told the Mirror: “For me it’s a mix of disappointment and anger that a man has been wrongly imprisoned and that the police have gone and effectively abandoned the investigation because they think they have found the right person – but they haven’t.”

George, who now lives in Ireland, did not appear in the recent BBC1 programme about the 20th anniversary of Dando’s death, because producers didn't think it was necessary in order to tell the story.

He says in the ITV show: “There are probably a few people who may think: ‘Ok, he’s been through the case, he’s got off on a technicality probably or whatever.’ But my conscience was clear, I knew I hadn’t done it.

"To be questioned about a murder when you haven't done is somewhat overwhelming and just absolutely ludicrous.

"It just beggars belief.

"I have difficulties, I suffer from epilepsy and I suffer from Asperger's syndrome, that does not mean to say that people should come up and start treating me as a lesser person.

"I find it sad that they've [the justice system] have done what they've done to me and that they didn't have no sound evidence, the proof of the real killer who is somewhere out there."

Before he was charged for Jill's murder, George had previous convictions for indecent assault and attempted rape.

When questioned about his past, Michelle says: "I said: 'How on earth could you do such a thing, you have a mother, you have a sister? How could you think that that was acceptable?' It was not acceptable. And he just knew

"He couldn't go to each person and say it to them, but he did apologise. There was no way he was going to apologise for Jill Dando's murder because he didn't do it."

She adds: "Both myself and Barry want to see the person who killed Jill brought to justice. We're on the same side."

• Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery is on ITV1 tomorrow at 9pm.

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