Wollongong woman Roseanne Beckett has successfully won her High Court bid for compensation after being wrongfully imprisoned for ten years.
“I’m over the moon, I’m numb and it’s 25 years in the making, a very hard slog,” Ms Beckett said upon leaving the court.
Ms Beckett, formerly Roseanne Catt, was jailed in 1991 for nine offences against her husband Barry Catt, including attempted murder.
She served 3 652 days of the 12-year jail term before a judicial inquiry ruled she had been set up and quashed four of her convictions, ordering a retrial on the other five counts.
The Crown decided not to proceed with a retrial on the remaining charges, and Ms Beckett attempted to sue the state of NSW for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.
This case was rejected by the NSW Supreme Court, citing a 1924 precedent that a person launching a case for malicious prosecution must first prove their innocence.
Ms Beckett asked the High Court to review the law, and it found today that she can seek compensation from the state of NSW.
“Thank God I’ve achieved it, what people thought was unachievable,” Ms Beckett said.
“It just speaks volumes to every Australian out there, if you’re passionate about something just don’t leave it.”
Words: HARRISON VESEY