The brother of murdered BBC presenter Jill Dando shares theory on her death

Chris Edwards

The brother of murdered BBC presenter Jill Dando has revealed what he thinks happened to his sister, 20 years after her death.

Appearing on Lorraine on Tuesday, Nigel Dando shared his view on who may have killed his sister, after she was shot dead outside her home in 1999.

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One of the popular theories at the time was that she was killed by a professional hitman, with a man named Barry George being charged for her murder. However, he was released in 2008 after being cleared of the charges.

Speaking to host Lorraine Kelly, Nigel Dando said: “I tend to think it wasn’t a professional hit. I think you can rule out the Serbian hitman.”  

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Dando instead suggested that she was killed by a “misguided individual on the street on the day”.

“For what it’s worth, my belief is that it was just a misguided individual on the street on the day, with a firearm, who knew where Jill lived, and who just ‘struck lucky’. For whatever reason, that person was in that street and did what that person did. I doubt we will ever know now because of the passage of time.

Nigel Dando reveals who he thinks killed his BBC presenter sister Jill

He continued: “I think it was a relatively random act [given] Jill’s lifestyle at the time, as she wasn’t regularly at home. You couldn’t say that every ‘Monday morning at 11 ‘o’ clock she would be there’.

“On the day in question, she had left her fiancé Alan’s home in Chiswick and had briefly gone to her home in Fulham to pick something up. Then I think she was off somewhere else in London for a fitting for her wedding dress, of course they were going to get married shortly. So it was that random.”

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Dando also revealed his fears that the police will never catch his sister’s killer as he shared details of the investigation.

“The police carried out an exhaustive check of CCTV, as it existed then. They plotted Jill’s journey. There were photographs, she wasn’t obviously being followed or anything like that,” he said. “They were able to monitor thousands of phone calls being made in the area at the time at that area and there was nothing that jumped out on that day.

“Neighbours talk of a strange man in the street… whether it was that man who pulled the trigger, I guess we will never know now. All avenues have to be investigated by police.