He's now out of jail and free to talk, speaking out for a hefty price in a TV interview last night.
None of that has done anything to change the mind of Caroline Byrne's father Tony on what he believes happened to his daughter.
In February this year, Wood's conviction for the murder of his girlfriend, Caroline, was overturned on appeal.More stories from Today Tonight
However his TV interview last night has done nothing to change the mind of Caroline Byrne's father Tony, or journalist Paul Barry.
Tony Byrne has not set foot at The Gap since his daughter Caroline was found dead on the rocks below seventeen years ago.
Wood turns 50 this year. He spent the last three years in jail after a jury unanimously found him guilty of murdering his girlfriend, model Caroline. The court found he'd thrown Caroline head first over the edge.
“They went round the table: guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty,” recalled Tony.
Wood appealed and won. In February he was set free, his conviction quashed. The appeal judges ruled the case against Wood was purely circumstantial - there were no eyewitnesses or physical evidence - and that some of the prosecution's evidence was unreliable.
Police are reported to have argued to the DPP that the Court of Appeal judgment was “inaccurate, incorrect and flawed.”
Caroline's father Tony fought for thirteen years for a conviction for murder.
Wood’s family and friends have always said, he is simply not capable of doing this crime, and that Tony can't accept that.
Tony, however, disagrees, saying “they're in a state of denial.”
While an appeal has yet to be lodged, Tony says he'll take the case all the way to the High Court. So certain is he that Caroline was murdered, he'll pay a jackpot cash prize to anyone who can prove him wrong.
If he does get before the High Court he’ll be setting a legal precedent, but says he’ll spend what it takes of the money that would have been inherited by Caroline if she had lived.
“I will give $100,000 cash to any person who can prove to a panel of judges that a girl of average athletic ability, on a dark night on uneven ground running uphill, can reach a point 11.8 metres out from the base of the cliff, head first in a hole,” Tony said.
The events of June 6, 1995 have been tracked and laid out in minute detail. Wood woke late at night to find his girlfriend missing.
“He told me Caroline had taken her own life. He's only just woken up not long ago and we haven't even found her, she's still missing,” Tony recalled.
‘The spirit world led him to her’, as he himself explained in a 1998 interview with Paul Barry.
Wood appeared on 60 minutes last night. Reportedly he was paid $200,000.
Both Tony and Barry today told us Wood lied.
“Some of the things that he said are totally opposite to what he said in his statements to police,” Tony said.
Wood also said last night that the stuff about ‘the spirit world guiding me to the Gap’ was just rubbish.
“Well I've seen his statement and if it's rubbish, it's what he said,” Tony said.
“He said it's nonsense, nonsense that the spirit world led to him where Caroline was at the Gap,” Barry said. “He said he's never said that, it was just Tony Byrne's imagination.
“Now I just looked at the Appeal Court judgement, he said that to the police in his interview in 1996. He said he and Caroline had a spiritual bond, and he believed it was that that told him to look at the Gap, so it's completely in contrast to what he said in 1996.”
Then there was the evidence Wood's legal team described as their ‘eureka’ moment.
“I definitely thought when we found out that the 1996 photo, which allegedly showed bush on the northern ledge, was in fact a 2003 photo, yeah that had its sense of eureka about it,” Michael Bowe, Gordon Wood’s lawyer said.
The police photo, which purported to show bushes that would have prevented Caroline running and jumping off The Gap, in fact showed only shadows.
“There was evidence presented at his murder trial, one from Woolahra Council, one from Parks and Wildlife, and both those witnesses stated at the murder trial that there were bushes there in 1995,” Tony said.
Tony says he did not watch last night’s interview, but has had numerous calls condemning the story.
There is still another avenue for the Byrne family to pursue, but it’s one they can't talk about yet.
Certainly, whatever the outcome, Caroline will not be soon forgotten.
Tony Byrne was not paid for this interview. Instead, we've agreed to pay a small donation into the Caroline Byrne Memorial Fund - which raises money for the Child Protection Unit at Sydney's Children's Hospital at Randwick.Contact details
- Sydney Children's Hospital - www.sch.edu.au
This reporter is on Twitter at @BryanSeymour7
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