1. Brisbane man Gerard Baden-Clay has been found guilty of murdering his wife Allison in one of the most closely watched Australian murder trials in recent years. He’s been sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 15 years.
Former dance teacher and mother of three, Allison Baden-Clay’s body was found under a Brookfield bridge in 2012, following a large-scale search.
Her husband, Gerard Baden-Clay was charged with her murder shortly after and was found with multiple scratches and marks to his body.
Throughout the trial Baden-Clay used multiple excuses for the scratch marks including that he cut himself shaving, that he had a reaction from a caterpillar and that marks on his hand were caused by a screwdriver that slipped during the renovation of his friend’s house.
4. Following the guilty verdict, the court immediately moved to sentencing submissions. Allison’s mother Priscilla Dickie told the court: “Leaving those scratch marks on Gerard’s face on the fateful night… god bless her.”
Mrs Dickie continued, “It was obvious to me that one of the last things Allison did was to leave her marks on her husband.”
The couple had been experiencing marriage and financial difficulties for some time, with Gerard Baden-Clay having an affair with a former employee.
Queensland Supreme Court Justice John Byrne sentenced Baden-Clay to life in prison telling the convicted killer, “You used a razor to cut yourself near where she (Allison) had scratched you.”