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  • Andrew Mallard offered $3.25 Million!

    A reasonable payment for 12 years of your life I guess, plus two dodgy coppers given the arse. I heard he's a rider as well!

    Actually NO! Thinking about it, if Cornelia Rau got a coupla million for 10 months incorrect detention, then AM should be getting a damn-sight more than that....and the coppers who were complicit in the case should be charged with perjury!

    Andrew Mallard gets $3.25m for wrongful 12 years jail | PerthNow

    BREAKING NEWS: ANDREW Mallard has been offered $3.25m compensation for more than 12 years in jail following his wrongful conviction for murder.
    Mr Mallard was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of Mosman Park jeweller Pamela Lawrence, but later acquitted by the High Court.

    Mr Porter announced the compensation offer to Mr Mallard, the highest of its kind in the State’s history.

    Mr Mallard served 12 years of a 20-year jail sentence before his conviction was quashed by the High Court in 2005.

    He walked free from jail in 2006.

    The murder investigation and his wrongful conviction was the subject of a Corruption and Crime Commission inquiry into whether police officers had engaged in misconduct.

    Two assistant police commissioners, Mal Shervill and David Caporn, were forced to step down from their top jobs in the wake of the CCC's findings.

    Mr Mallard had demanded $7.5 million on advice from his lawyers and on the weekend opposition legal spokesman John Quigley claimed he was injected with drugs as part of efforts to make him confess to the crime.

    Mr Quigley, who has championed Mr Mallard's case and lobbied for his release, said he knew the final settlement would be ``miserable''.

    ``One thing I can say with absolute confidence about this offer - Premier Barnett and Christian Porter wouldn't accept this in return for 12 years jail and the destruction of their life,'' Mr Quigley told AAP.

    ``Why should Andrew's life be valued at a lesser rate than Colin Barnett's or Christian Porter's?

    ``In fact this sum equates to approximately what Colin Barnett will get from the parliamentary super scheme when he retires.''

    Police consider Mrs Lawrence's likely murderer was British backpacker Simon Rochford, whose palm print was found during a cold case review of the matter.

    He committed suicide in an Albany jail after a news organisation reported he had been identified as a suspect by police.
    The government's $3.25m offer comes on top of the ex-gratia payment of $200,000 made by the previous State Government in December 2006.

    Mr Porter said while the payment would not prevent Mr Mallard from pursuing further legal action against the State or any of its officers, the figure must be taken into account and deducted from any further compensation.

    “There is no limit whatsoever on Mr Mallard by the giving of that money to his proceeding to any litigation that he may wish to proceed with against the State or any of its agents,” Mr Porter said.

    “If Mr Mallard were successful at any point in future times in any litigious action against the State, the money that he has now been given by the State Government would need to be deducted from any award of damages he may receive.”
    Last edited by Fat Pat; 05-05-2009, 01:29 PM.
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  • #2
    Exacly like the show ''life''. Can't imaging losing 12 years of my life, scary stuff.

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    • #3
      $5-6M sounds about fair to me... hopefully he gets a bit more than the 3... - this kind of thing is unacceptable and can/does destroy lives and families

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      • #4
        It was interesting reading in the Sunday Times on the weekend. It basically said that he has already been offered $3m, was knocking that back and going for $7.5m

        The tone of this article suggests that he's accepting the $3.25m, while still taking action (for the balance)? It was also suggested in the article that he wouldn't hesitate going after the (ex) police officers in his litigation, which somehow meant the police union would have to pick up the tab. Doesn't sound fair to me.

        I wouldn't have a clue what amount of compensation could make up for 12 years inside, but whatever it is, it's a lot of money that we have to foot the bill for. I suppose the government depts and corporate australia aren't that much different after all - short term decisions and actions end up costing much more in the long run.

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        • #5
          It should be more like 10. You can't imagine the continuing impact this has had on the life of one of the best people I've had the pleasure of meeting.
          The Twitter

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          • #6
            He certainly deserves what he's looking for, and I wish him every luck in receiving it. When you consider that it's not just the lost time, but what you actually go through in prison, the cost definitely adds up. The payment should be enough for him to fix his family up and sit back and relax for the rest of his life.

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            • #7
              Sell all the assets of the police who were involved. Clearly proceeds of crime.

              Seriously though, about $10m would seem fair to me.

              D'Art

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              • #8
                It's pretty hard to pop a $ figure on it that's for sure, but a million a year would seem like a starting point.

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                • #9
                  Damn near impossible to put a figure on twelve years in gaol. Give him what he asks for. Surely we should be going after the dodgy coppers?
                  They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

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                  • #10
                    Surely we should be going after the dodgy coppers?

                    But would you really wish bankruptcy on all of Perth's hardworking purveyors of doughnuts?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PatB View Post
                      But would you really wish bankruptcy on all of Perth's hardworking purveyors of doughnuts?
                      O.K. I'll clarify by saying the dodgy coppers who verbal people to make their own job easier and get accolades for doing so.
                      They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

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                      • #12
                        Give him whatever he wants, ffs.
                        His whole life is a wreck because of it.
                        Imagine if you were thrown into Jail for 12 years for something you didn't do?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Satan1 View Post
                          It's pretty hard to pop a $ figure on it that's for sure, but a million a year would seem like a starting point.

                          agree 100% - a mill a year he was in jail - and all legal fees that have been paid to get him out of jail reimbursed by the state.

                          The cops should now be in jail for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
                          "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." - Oscar Wilde

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                          • #14
                            Even if the guy was an unemployed vagrant at the time of his arrest... you take 12 years off the prime of his life, I feel strongly that he is worth every cent of $12m for this.

                            $3m is an insult, lame, and puts a very low price on someones rights to live his life as a free person in this country I say.

                            Give him $20m. Its a shame he has no right to a civil suit directly against the coppas and prosecuters who tried to have him wrongfully convicted.

                            So on the eight day, after wasting time faffing about with unimportant guff like heaven & earth & the waters & sky & creatures [& having a wee kip] & man.... God created PSB (GenesiSX-R1000)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Deej View Post

                              Give him $20m. Its a shame he has no right to a civil suit directly against the coppas and prosecuters who tried to have him wrongfully convicted.
                              D, Christian Porter said that the money is a "gift" from the government and will not preclude AM from any civil action he may take. The ABC indicated at least two cops and a prosecutor are in his sights.

                              IF he gets a judgement LESS that this payment, then he will have to pay back any difference.

                              Surely this should be a case of "proceeds of crime" and the cops when/if found guilty should have all their assets/super/cars/whatever stripped and sold to pay any outstanding balances. If it's good enough for Bikers and drug dealers, then perhaps it should be made for Police and "Captains of Industry" as well!

                              Good luck Andrew.
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