Driver Gordon Wood loses his lawsuit against the state six years after he was acquitted of murder

Former driver Gordon Wood (pictured) lost a lawsuit against the state of New South Wales. Mr. Wood persecuted the state for millions of dollars in damages in the Supreme Court of NSW for malicious prosecution

Gordon Wood has lost a $ 20 million lawsuit against the state of New South Wales more than six years after he was acquitted of murdering his model girlfriend, Caroline Byrne, by forcing her down a precipice.

The 55-year-old former chauffeur of extravagant stockbroker Rene Rivkin pursued the state for millions of dollars in damages in the New South Wales Supreme Court for malicious prosecution.

But Friday's ruling means you will not receive any compensation.

Mr. Wood served more than three years of his 13-year sentence after being convicted of killing his 24-year-old girlfriend at The Gap, a notorious suicide site in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, in 1995.

Former driver Gordon Wood (pictured) lost a lawsuit against the state of New South Wales. Mr. Wood persecuted the state for millions of dollars in damages in the Supreme Court of NSW for malicious prosecution

Former driver Gordon Wood (pictured) lost a lawsuit against the state of New South Wales. Mr. Wood persecuted the state for millions of dollars in damages in the Supreme Court of NSW for malicious prosecution

Mr. Wood served more than three years of his 13-year sentence after being convicted of killing his model girlfriend, Caroline Byrne (pictured). His conviction was annulled in 2012

Mr. Wood served more than three years of his 13-year sentence after being convicted of killing his model girlfriend, Caroline Byrne (pictured). His conviction was annulled in 2012

Mr. Wood served more than three years of his 13-year sentence after being convicted of killing his model girlfriend, Caroline Byrne (pictured). His conviction was annulled in 2012

His conviction was overturned in 2012, and the New South Wales Court of Appeal found that committing suicide could not be ruled out as one of the causes of the model's death.

The three appellate judges strongly criticized prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC and associate professor Rod Cross, a physicist who told the jury that Mrs. Byrne must have been thrown over the cliff.

Wood's attorney in 2017 said that the investigation into the death of the model was partial and imperfect.

"It was always the intention to find my client guilty of murder, not to get the real truth," Bruce McClintock SC said at a hearing on the lawsuit.

The lawyer said the police relied on Professor Cross's evidence when he was not qualified to talk about how a body could have left the cliff. A photo of the alleged murder scene used in Wood's trial was taken seven years later than stated.

A statement that he asked to see his girlfriend's breasts while she lay in a morgue was also "totally false," they told the court.

Mr. Wood was found guilty of killing Ms. Byrne in The Gap (pictured), in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, one night in 1995. Her sentence was overturned in 2012.

Mr. Wood was found guilty of killing Ms. Byrne in The Gap (pictured), in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, one night in 1995. Her sentence was overturned in 2012.

Mr. Wood was found guilty of killing Ms. Byrne in The Gap (pictured), in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, one night in 1995. Her sentence was overturned in 2012.

But Tedeschi argued that his conduct was "fair and detached" and aimed to serve justice.

He said that during Mr. Wood's trial he considered that the evidence was not "a simple case" against Mr. Wood, but that "a very powerful and forceful case" implied it.

The former prosecutor listed Mr. Wood's inability to explain why he went to The Gap on the night of Ms. Byrne's death among the evidence supporting a murder trial.

While Professor Cross "surpassed the mark" when reporting on matters unrelated to his experience, Mr. Tedeschi said that "his main findings were absolutely reliable."

In a witness statement, Wood said the ongoing battle to clear his name continued to wreak havoc and that he had not worked since his arrest in 2006.

He described his prison years as a "death in life" during which he was attacked by a guard and a king run over by a notorious murderer.

"The prison must be unbearably difficult even if one is guilty, but as an innocent man it was unimaginable," he said.

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