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Perth lawyer charged with murder

Perth lawyer charged with murder

A prominent Perth barrister has been arrested for the murder of his wife three years ago.Lloyd Rayney, who has spent time in the office of the Australian Government Solicitor and the WA Director…

A prominent Perth barrister has been arrested for the murder of his wife three years ago.

Lloyd Rayney, who has spent time in the office of the Australian Government Solicitor and the WA Director of Public Prosecutions, was arrested yesterday morning in Perth.

Officers from the Major Crime Squad in two unmarked cars pulled Rayney over when he was driving in Perth's CBD.

Rayney's wife Corryn disappeared in August 2007 after attending a line dancing class. Her body was found in bushland just over a week later.

Despite constantly maintaining his innocence, Rayney was named as the only suspect after a police investigation shortly following his wife's death.

Rayney met Corryn, a law graduate, through legal circles. At the time of her death, she was a registrar at the WA Supreme Court.

Rayney was working as a barrister at the time of his arrest and has been involved in a string of high profile cases during his legal career. This includes representing a senior police officer at Corruption and Crime Commission hearings into the wrongful conviction of Andrew Mallard, who was falsely convicted of the murder of Pamela Lawrence in 1994.

He also sued the well known art critic Robert Hughes, who was charged with dangerous driving after surviving a near fatal car accident in Western Australia in the 1990s.

It was alleged that Hughes made a racist comment towards the Yemen born Rayney.

Rayney is due to appear before the Perth Magistrate's Court this morning.

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