The bill will more than swallow the pounds 11,500 that a jury at Derby County Court awarded him yesterday after accepting that he was the victim of a police "conspiracy". Mr Hackett, 51, has already said his legal challenge was fought on moral grounds and not for financial gain. He alleged his ex-wife, Detective Constable Helen Lodge, used her influence as a police woman to have him arrested by a colleague from Leicestershire police on a trumped-up firearms charge.
He said that although a custody sergeant refused to authorise his further detention, police had him arrested on another matter. Leicestershire Constabulary said that what Mr Hackett had won amounted to a fraction of a larger action. John Riddell, a solicitor for the force, said: "Mr Hackett was making a number of claims about matters stretching from 1988 to 1993.
"All these proceeded to the High Court where a judge dismissed the majority, and which he incurred the costs for."Reuse content