Woman wrongly jailed wins right to appeal for compo

Source: Illawarra Mercury

A former Illawarra woman wrongly jailed for trying to murder her husband more than two decades ago has vowed to ‘‘fight to the end’’ after winning the right to appeal for compensation.

Roseanne Beckett, formerly Roseanne Catt, spent 10 years behind bars after being convicted in 1991 of eight charges, but was released after a judicial inquiry found she had been set up.

Outside the High Court in Canberra on Wednesday, Ms Beckett said she was ‘‘elated’’ and believed justice would finally be served.

"I’m overjoyed, words fail me at the moment,’’ she said.

The next step would be ‘‘fighting on right until the end’’, she said.

Her supporters chanted ‘‘we shout with a voice of triumph’’ and claimed Ms Beckett had made legal history by setting an important precedent.

NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said Ms Beckett’s case for malicious prosecution would now resume.

He described the case as ‘‘substantive’’ and said it would likely be heard some time next year.

‘‘Since this matter is before the court, it is inappropriate to comment further,’’ he said.

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