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NSW CAROLINE BYRNE: Australian model found at bottom of cliff in Sydney - 1995

Discussion in 'Australia: Cold Cases' started by Lily, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member


    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 successful businessman Rene Rivkin, was convicted of her murder on 21 November 2008 and spent three years in Goulburn jail. He was acquitted of the conviction in February 2012.[1][2]

    Wood left Australia after his release from prison and spent time in the United States and Britain. In 2014 he brought defamation actions against the Sydney radio stations 2GB and 2UE, Channel Seven Sydney, and The Daily Telegraph [36]which were all settled out of court in his favour for undisclosed sums.[37]

    In 2016 Wood sued the state of NSW for millions of dollars plus costs for malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment, based on a number of grounds including a "hopelessly corrupted" and "ridiculous" police case against him.[38]


    A "devious" physics professor, a vengeful ex-boyfriend, a prominent businesswoman "playing Miss Marple", and a Crown prosecutor prepared to bend the rules.

    Those are just some of the things that led to Gordon Wood being wrongly convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne, his barrister says.

    Prosecutors accused Mr Wood of throwing Ms Byrne off the cliff, and a jury found him guilty of her murder after a high-profile trial in 2008.

    He spent three years in jail before he was acquitted by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2012.


    Did Gordon Wood kill Caroline Byrne?

    In 1995, model Caroline Byrne’s body was found on the jagged rocks at the bottom of an ocean cliff known as The Gap in Sydney.

    She was just 24.

    Now her then-boyfriend has launched what is believed to be the largest claim for malicious prosecution ever brought to the courts — more than $20 million.

    The former self-employed financial consultant, gym junkie and chauffeur Gordon Wood was convicted of her murder in 2008 and then, in 2012, acquitted by the Court of Criminal Appeal after serving three years in jail.

    He is now suing the State of NSW for legal costs, damages and lost income.

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  2. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Grief may have been behind Gordon Wood’s notorious statement that his dead girlfriend’s spirit led him to her body, a court has heard.

    Wood’s barrister put the suggestion to senior Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC, who was giving evidence on Friday.

    Tedeschi lists Wood’s inability to explain why he went to notorious Sydney suicide spot The Gap the night his girlfriend Caroline Byrne died there among the evidence that supported bringing a murder prosecution.

    Wood told police in 1996: “I think there was some kind of spiritual communication to me that was occurring to me subliminally to go there [The Gap]”.

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  4. misssasska

    misssasska Active Member

    Oh!! so glad to see this, this was one of the first court transcripts of a case that I ever read. I became fascinated - I didn't know there was a 4 corners episode about it!

    The physicist who testified was .. interesting .. I think he botched his job really. It sounded to me like he was a great physicist, and a not-so-great forensic investigator (and not very experienced, though I haven't checked that).
  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm not sure that it's a good idea to set precedents for such a large lawsuit. Many jurisdictions will be afraid to prosecute anybody. I fear more bad guys walking around our streets if that happens.
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