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Gerard Baden Clay Trial: Witness claims hearing woman's scream

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Marissa Calligeros

Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay, with their three children.

Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay, with their three children. Photo: Supplied

Loud, high-pitched screams were heard echoing throughout the Brookfield Valley about the time mother-of-three Allison Baden-Clay disappeared, a Brisbane court has heard.

In April 2012, Fiona White lived in the west Brisbane suburb of Kenmore Hills, which is several minutes' drive from the Baden-Clays' home in Brookfield.

Ms White told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday she was standing on her back veranda when she heard two screams.

Former real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay stands trial charged with murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay on April 19, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ms White said she heard the screams between 9 and 10pm one night during the week Mrs Baden-Clay was reported missing.

She could not remember what day she heard them, but said it was a weekday.

"I heard in the distance a loud scream. I heard a scream twice," Ms White told the court.

"It was straight one after the other."

When asked to describe the first scream, Ms White said she believed it was a woman’s scream.

“It was high, quite high … it was like, the way I would describe it there and then, was someone falling off a cliff, like a push."

“It happened twice.”

Ms White pointed on a map to indicate the sound came from the general direction of the Baden-Clays' home on Brookfield Road.

Earlier a video recording of a police interview with the Baden-Clays’ eldest daughter was played to the court.

Detectives who interviewed the girl, almost two months after Mrs Baden-Clay's body was found, asked about her father's demeanour on April 20, 2012, the day he reported his wife missing.

"Dad was just trying to be confident for us saying, 'Oh, she's just gone for a walk. She'll be back', except you could see he was worried," the primary school-aged girl said during the interview played on Thursday.

The child had not heard her parents arguing the night before, nor heard any car noises, the court heard.

She recalled seeing her father returning from the garage when she went to the kitchen for a glass of water about 10 minutes after going to bed and said her mother was watching TV in her pyjamas at the time.

The girl said her mother went for a walk most mornings wearing tracksuit pants, a jumper and runners.

Mrs Baden-Clay was was wearing a jumper and three-quarter length exercise pants when her body was found on a muddy bank of Kholo Creek in Anstead, about 14 kilometres from the family home on April 30, 2012.

The court also heard from two Anstead residents on Thursday, including Steve Courtney, who said the water in Kholo Creek was flowing quickly on the day before Mrs Baden-Clay’s body was found.

The trial before Justice John Byrne continues.

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