"The most senior prosecutor in NSW has defended allegations he failed to present evidence fairly to the jury in Gordon Wood's murder trial. NSW crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC has prosecuted some of the highest profile criminal cases in the state, but the roles were reversed for him today when he was called as a witness in Mr Wood's malicious prosecution case. Mr Wood, 54, was in 2008 found guilty of throwing his model girlfriend Caroline Byrne off a cliff at The Gap in Sydney's eastern suburbs. He served three years in prison and is now suing the state of NSW for more than $20 million in compensation after his conviction was quashed on appeal. Mr Wood's claim includes allegations that the crown's case against him was flawed and biased. Mr Tedeschi, who was the prosecutor at Mr Wood's 2008 murder trial, today told the court he presented all evidence to the jury "accurately and fairly". He had a number of tense exchanges with Mr Wood's barrister Bruce McClintock SC. Mr Tedeschi said he did not know during the trial that a clifftop photo shown to the jury had the wrong date on it. The photo of vegetation on the clifftop was labelled 1996 when it was really taken in 2003. Mr Tedeschi said he only found out it had been wrongly dated at Mr Wood's appeal hearing years later. "During the course of the trial it was accepted by all parties as an accurate description," he said. When asked about police making errors in a report about where Ms Byrne's body was found, Mr Tedeschi stressed that he went with them to the base of the cliff where her body was found to clarify any errors and make sure the correct information was given to the jury. Mr Tedeschi told Mr McClintock it was not the job of prosecutors in Mr Wood's murder trial to explain to the jury if Ms Byrne was conscious and struggling when she was thrown off the cliff. When Mr McClintock asked him if he had been approached to write a forward for a book published after the trial by a key crown witness, Associate Professor Rod Cross, Mr Tedeschi replied: "I don't recall.""http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/mark-tedeschi-gives-evidence-in-gordon-wood-case/8356750
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