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French court hears Russian hitman was dispatched to kill blonde reporter before Jill Dando was shot

Added 06-27-22 02:36:02am EST - “Jill Dando's murder could have been a case of mistaken identity as French court documents claim the real target was Lisa Brinkworth - and that the killing was ordered by a French fashion mogul.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Did a Russian hitman kill Jill Dando by mistake?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Jill Dando’s killer may have mistaken her for another BBC journalist who was the real target of an assassination plot, astonishing documents submitted to a Paris court suggest.

A French fashion mogul accused of multiple counts of sexual assault hired a Russian hitman to murder Lisa Brinkworth after she went undercover to expose his agency, according to extraordinary claims in the papers.

And the assassin may have mistaken Miss Dando for the real target given striking similarities in their appearance and occupation, as well as the fact that they lived in the same part of London, lawyers argue.

Miss Dando was gunned down on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, west London, in 1999 and though stalker Barry George was convicted in 2001, he was later acquitted and the investigation remains open.

Gerald Marie, 72, the former boss of the Elite modelling agency, is being investigated over alleged sexual assaults and rapes involving at least 11 women.

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