Wrongly convicted woman to sue NSW Govt for damages

AN INNOCENT woman who was wrongfully jailed over the poisoning of her husband on the NSW Mid North Coast has won the right to sue to the State Government for damages.

Roseanne Beckett was convicted of attempting to murder her husband Barry Catt and served 10 years behind bars before it was revealed she had been set up.

The Director of Public Prosecutions chose not to go ahead with a retrial but in 2008 the Supreme Court ruled that if Ms Beckett wished to launch action against the NSW Government, she would have to first prove her innocence.

On Wednesday, a joyous Ms Beckett, who is now an aged pensioner, left the High Court in Canberra with a green light to sue for malicious prosecution.

According to News.com the court found that a plaintiff "is not required to prove his or her innocence in an action for damages for malicious prosecution in any case in which the prosecution has terminated favourably to the plaintiff".

Ms Beckett's lawyer Terry Goldberg said his client had spent "over half of her adult life" fighting for justice and was now the sole carer of her quadriplegic daughter.

He called on the State Government to "rethink" its approach to her claim and finally bring the saga to a close.


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