18 Aug 2010

Court throws out Nicholas Reekie legal action

7:24 am on 18 August 2010

The High Court has dismissed a claim by convicted rapist Nicholas Reekie that he was unfairly denied legal aid.

Reekie is in prison after being convicted of several sex attacks, including the rape and abduction of an 11-year-old girl in the 1990s.

Another man, David Dougherty, had been wrongly convicted of that offence.

Reekie had sought damages of hundreds of thousands of dollars, claiming he should have been granted legal aid to challenge the way a DNA sample was taken in 2001.

He lodged an action against the Legal Services Agency, the Legal Aid Review Panel and the High Court.

In striking out the claim on Tuesday, Justice Keane described Reekie's claim as vexatious and an abuse of process.