Astounding claims in French court filings reportedly state that French fashion mogul Gerald Marie hired a Russian hitman to assassinate BBC journalist Lisa Brinkworth after she went undercover to expose his agency
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Jill Dando may have been accidentally killed when her killer was about to target another BBC journalist, reports of documents presented to a Paris court suggest.
Stunning claims in the court filings reportedly say a Russian hitman was hired by French fashion mogul Gerald Marie, who was accused of multiple sexual assaults, to assassinate BBC journalist Lisa Brinkworth after she went undercover to expose his agency.
But the killer may have confused Jill Dando with the actual target, reports say.
Lawyers are reportedly arguing that the mix-up could be due to the similarities in the two journalists’ looks, their profession and the fact that they both lived in the same area of London.
It was also said that Jill’s fiancé, Alan Farthing, was Lisa’s doctor.
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Lawyers in the documents refer to a conversation witnessed by former elite executive Omar Harfouch, in which Marie ordered a member of the Russian mafia to “deal with an issue,” he reports Daily Mail.
The documents from the French law firm Bourdon Associes allegedly state: “Shortly afterwards … a BBC journalist, Jill Dando, was shot dead in April 1999.
“In fact, these two journalists were in their 30s, blonde, with the same facial features, of the same height and similar build.
“They lived close together and had people in common, including Jill Dando’s husband.”
In a crime that shocked the nation, TV darling Jill was shot dead on April 26, 1999 in the middle of the day on her doorstep in Fulham, London.
The brutal murder of the Crimewatch presenter remains one of the UK’s most notorious unsolved crimes of the last 20 years.
One of Jill’s neighbors found her lifeless body outside her home in London around midday on the day she was shot.
Barry George was found guilty of Jill’s murder in 2001. He spent seven years in prison before being acquitted in 2008.
Now, more than two decades later, the case is still unsolved.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jill-dando-been-shot-hitman-27333859 Jill Dando may have been shot by a hitman who 'got the wrong blonde', a French court hears