Rayney pursues second defamation case

Lloyd Rayney. Photo: AAP
Lloyd Rayney. Photo: AAP

FORMER prominent prosecutor Lloyd Rayney, who was cleared of murdering his wife, is pursuing a second defamation case – this time against a West Australian police forensic investigator.

Mr Rayney is suing Mark Reynolds over comments allegedly made at a 2014 forensic conference.

A three-day trial is scheduled to begin on January 28.

In 2012, Mr Rayney was acquitted of murdering mother-of-two Corryn Rayney, who was found buried in a bush grave at Perth’s popular Kings Park in August 2007, and an appeal was dismissed in 2013.

He also had a phone interception case thrown out in 2015.

Mr Rayney was subsequently awarded a $2.6 million payout for being defamed by police when he was named the “prime” and “only” suspect in the Supreme Court registrar’s murder, but he later lodged an appeal, seeking more money.

In August, Mr Rayney’s lawyer Martin Bennett said a cloud remained over Mr Rayney’s future career after an appeal against a tribunal recommendation that he be struck off the WA roll for “professional misconduct” was thrown out.

Mr Bennett said at the time that it was up to the full court of the WA Supreme Court to determine whether Mr Rayney could keep his job.

AAP is seeking comment from Mr Bennett.