WA Police considering cross appeal after Lloyd Rayney launches legal action

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

WA Police Force is considering filing a cross-appeal after prominent barrister Lloyd Rayney was awarded more than $2.6 million in defamation damages.

Mr Rayney won a defamation lawsuit in December last year, brought on after he was named the “prime” and “only” suspect in his wife’s murder.

Despite winning the case, Mr Rayney – who was not charged with his wife’s 2007 murder until years after the defamatory comment was made and was acquitted of the crime in 2012 – lodged an appeal late on Wednesday and is seeking more money.

“In light of the appeal filed by Mr Rayney, the state will consider a cross-appeal and that is currently under consideration,” a spokeswoman for the police commissioner told AAP on Thursday.

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