Australia Gordon Wood to get no compensation from NSW over Caroline Byrne murder case

10:36  10 august  2018
10:36  10 august  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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As Gordon Wood takes the stand in his case against the state of NSW , take a look back at the main events which led to his conviction and later acquittal of the murder of Caroline Byrne .

Caroline Byrne (1970–1995), an Australian model, was found at the bottom of a cliff at The Gap in Sydney in the early hours of 8 June 1995. Her then boyfriend Gordon Eric Wood (b. 1962), who at the time of her death was chauffeur and personal assistant to businessman Rene Rivkin

Gordon Wood claimed the murder case was © AAP: Paul Miller Gordon Wood claimed the murder case was "flawed and ridiculous". Gordon Wood will not receive any compensation from the state of New South Wales, after a judge ruled he was not maliciously prosecuted for the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne.

Mr Wood, who had been seeking millions in damages, has been ordered to pay the costs of the state of NSW.

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Ms Byrne's body was discovered at the base of notorious Sydney suicide spot The Gap in June 1995.

Mr Wood, the former chauffeur of flamboyant stockbroker Rene Rivkin, was found guilty of Ms Byrne's murder, but later acquitted.

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Sydney man Gordon Wood has won his appeal against his conviction for murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne , so how did the case play out?

A retired NSW coroner says he would have taken alternative action if information surrounding the 1995 death of Caroline Byrne had been given to him at the time. Gord Wood Trial and Error 4 Corners - Продолжительность: 45:41 Richard Stanley 4 397 просмотров.

He was not in court today as Justice Elizabeth Fullerton dismissed his case.

However, Justice Fullerton was critical of the prosecution case against Wood, in particular the role of the state's most senior prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC.

She found Mr Tedeschi acted "in the absence of reasonable and probable cause" in prosecuting Mr Wood and that Mr Tedeschi's conduct was "questionable and disingenuous in a number of respects". In February last year, Mr Wood took the state of NSW to court alleging the case against him had been "hopelessly corrupted" and the prosecutor was prepared to "bend the rules" in his submissions to the jury.

The long-running saga has captivated Sydneysiders for more than two decades and included two coronial inquests, an extradition, an aborted trial, a conviction and an appeal.

In 2008, a jury found Mr Wood guilty of murder. He was acquitted in 2012, serving just three years of his minimum 13-year sentence.

In quashing the conviction, the NSW Court of Appeal found there was insufficient evidence to provide beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Wood killed Ms Byrne.

Mr Wood has always maintained his innocence and that Ms Byrne had died by suicide.

The Crown case at trial was that Mr Wood was possessive and murdered the model when she wanted to end their relationship.

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