Australia: NSW sued for AU$2.3m after corrupt detective causes wrongful conviction

bb95a26ee14c034862da4d470cde6779Roseanne Beckett, wrongly convicted for conspiracy to kill her husband in 1991, served 10 years of her 12 year sentence. She finally overturned her conviction in 2005. This month, 26 years later, she successfully sued the New South Wales (Australia) government for AU$2.3m for malicious prosecution after proving that it was the corrupt detective, Peter Thomas and his obsession with Beckett, that led to her wrongful conviction. In a lengthy ruling, the judge stated;

“Ms Beckett says that if she had not been prosecuted by Detective Thomas, tried and imprisoned for over ten years, her future might have been “like any other normal woman, mother, or member of a community,..The fact that the State has managed successfully to defend a substantial proportion of Ms Beckett’s claims in these proceedings ought not be permitted to disguise the fact that Detective Thomas’ determination to get square sullied his objectivity. In the ten years of her incarceration, Ms Beckett was denied the basic human right of liberty and she was separated from her family, her friends and her community. She was deprived of her role as a mother. She lost the opportunity to engage in social and romantic relationships. She was denied a valuable working life that may have brought with it not only pecuniary profits but also the intangible benefits of doing well in one’s occupation.The enormity of this loss is made still more staggering by the significant period of time for which that loss was suffered.”

For media coverage see here: Roseanne Beckett awarded $2.3 million for wrongful conviction over soliciting murder of husband

For a comprehensive review of the case with lots of links – see here: Roseanne Beckett: A Miscarriage of Justice

One response to “Australia: NSW sued for AU$2.3m after corrupt detective causes wrongful conviction

  1. Reblogged this on FORENSICS in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends and commented:
    In Australia, the road for compensation of being wrongfully convicted is just like the US regarding a judiciary who lacks the tools to counteract bad actors in its own system.

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