STROBEL CASE: Tobias must pay $120K after ditching lawsuit
MURDERED backpacker Simone Strobel's former boyfriend has been ordered to pay $120,000 in legal costs after dropping a defamation action against the author and a publisher of a book which he alleged incriminated him.
Tobias Moran, formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell, dropped the civil action in the WA Supreme Court last month after reportedly running out of money.
But the local police investigation into the unsolved murder continues following the seizure of documents related to the defamation action earlier this year - documents which Mr Moran was concerned that in relation to discussed media reports and comments made by the Coroner in the Coroner's Court of New South Wales gave rise to assertions that he was involved in or responsible for the murder of Simone Strobel, according to affidavits filed by Mr Moran in the defamation case.
Mr Moran denies being involved in Simone Strobel's murder.
Mr Moran, who now lives in the exclusive Perth surburb of City Beach with his Australian wife, launched the action in 2014 against writer Virginia Peters, author of Have You Seen Simone?
The co-defendant in the civil suit was the book's Melbourne-based publisher, Schwartz Publishing.
Following the dropping of the matter on May 20, Judge Kenneth Martin ordered Moran to pay Peters' legal costs in a final ruling on May 25.
Judge Martin instructed Moran's lawyers, Bennet & Co., to release $120,000 from a trust account to pay the defendants no later than June 9.
Neither Ms Peters or Schwartz Publishing had any comment on the dropping of the defamation action.
The documents, seized by police in February this year, came to light when Mr Moran asserted his right to legal "privilege" over them via his solicitors.
Mr Moran has advised that he has now waived his legal professional privilege and provided his notes to the NSW police.