AFL great Dani Laidley wins compensation over ‘appalling’ leaked mugshot


AFL great Dani Laidley wins compensation over ‘appalling’ leaked mugshot showing her wearing a dress and a blonde wig after stalking arrest

  • AFL great Dani Laidley will be paid out thousands more dollars in compensation 
  • Two of Laidley’s arrest photos were shared among police and on social media 
  • She was arrested for stalking a woman in November and was spared a conviction
  • Laidley alleges the officers sought to expose her to ‘humiliation and ridicule’ 

AFL great Dani Laidley will receive compensation payments from 11 officers after her police mugshot was leaked and she was described as ‘full blown tranny’ in an officer WhatsApp group.  

Laidley’s mugshot showing her wearing a blonde wig, and another of her in a police interview room, were shared among the officers before being leaked to social media following her arrest for stalking last May.

Victoria Police on Thursday revealed the internal sanctions handed down to the remaining five officers who faced an internal discipline hearing over the leak.  

AFL great Dani Laidley is seen in South Melbourne it's revealed she will be paid out thousands more dollars in compensation

AFL great Dani Laidley is seen in South Melbourne it’s revealed she will be paid out thousands more dollars in compensation

Victoria Police on Thursday revealed the internal sanctions handed down to the remaining five officers who faced an internal discipline hearing over the leak. Laidley is pictured on Wednesday

Victoria Police on Thursday revealed the internal sanctions handed down to the remaining five officers who faced an internal discipline hearing over the leak. Laidley is pictured on Wednesday

The internal discipline board has now ordered 11 officers to pay up to $3000 to Laidley out of their own pockets. Laidley is pictured on Wednesday

The internal discipline board has now ordered 11 officers to pay up to $3000 to Laidley out of their own pockets. Laidley is pictured on Wednesday

In all, the internal discipline board has now ordered 11 officers, ranging in rank from constable to sergeant, to pay up to $3000 to Laidley out of their own pockets.

‘The value of compensation determined for each officer ranges from $500 to $3000 and was determined by the officer’s culpability and involvement,’ a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

They have also been ordered to participate in a Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ‘Respecting Dignity’ course in their own time and cost.

It has previously been revealed another 39 officers and seven public servants faced internal disciplinary action over the leak, while 224 people who shared the images after they leaked online were spared punishment.  

The 54-year-old former coach was seen strolling through South Melbourne on Wednesday – the day before it was revealed she would be awarded more cash over the ‘appalling’ police error.  

Laidley (pictured in 2002), formerly known as Dean, was a 1996 premiership player for North Melbourne and coached the Kangaroos from 2003 to 2009

Laidley (pictured in 2002), formerly known as Dean, was a 1996 premiership player for North Melbourne and coached the Kangaroos from 2003 to 2009

Laidley styled her black leather jacket with gold hoops and white sneakers on Wednesday in Melbourne

Laidley styled her black leather jacket with gold hoops and white sneakers on Wednesday in Melbourne

Laidley last week launched civil action in Victoria’s Supreme Court against Victoria Police, alleging officers sought to expose her to ‘humiliation and ridicule’.

Court documents allege Detective Senior Constable Murray Gentner shared Laidley’s mug shot in a police WhatsApp group and described her as a ‘full blown tranny’ and ‘dressing like a tranny’.

Laidley alleges police breached their duty of care and she is seeking ‘aggravated and exemplary’ damages for being ‘brought into public ridicule and contempt’.

She was arrested for stalking a woman, and was in November spared a conviction and placed on an adjourned undertaking instead.

A court sketch of former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley during a bail hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on May 11 2020

A court sketch of former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley during a bail hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on May 11 2020

Sen Const Gentner is among three officers also facing criminal charges over the leak, which Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has previously described as ‘appalling’.

Mr Patton told 774 Melbourne on Thursday morning that they intend to resolve the case swiftly.

‘We have done the wrong thing,’ he said. 

‘It was a breach of Dani’s human rights, it’s inappropriate conduct, it’s not acceptable.’  

Laidley, formerly known as Dean, was a 1996 premiership player for North Melbourne and coached the Kangaroos from 2003 to 2009. 



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