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Wrap: The first day of the trial has heard Gerard Baden-Clay was under financial stress and embroiled in an illicit affair when he allegedly murdered his wife of 15 years Allison Baden-Clay.
The 43-year-old real estate agent pleaded not guilty to murder, as his highly-anticipated trial began before a packed Brisbane courtroom.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller, QC, told the jury the case against Mr Baden-Clay was a circumstantial one, which rested on his affair and financial debt as motivating factors for the killing.
Mrs Baden-Clay’s body was found on the banks of Kholo Creek, 14 kilometres from her home in the leafy western Brisbane hamlet of Brookfield, 10 days after she disappeared.
Confronting crime scene photographs, showing Mrs Baden-Clay’s swollen and decomposing body on the muddied banks of Kholo Creek, were shown to the court as Mr Fuller launched his opening address.
Mr Fuller said Thursday April 19, 2012, began like any other for the Baden-Clay family.
The couple’s daughters attended their school’s cross-country carnival. Mr Baden-Clay and his sister Olivia Walton, who was visiting from Townsville, watched the girls compete.
Meanwhile, Mrs Baden-Clay had attended a meeting at the couple’s real estate agency at Taringa, where she was the general manager, before going to a hairdressing appointment at 4pm.
Mr Baden-Clay bought sausages for dinner, which he ate at his parent’s house, with his daughters and sister.
He would later tell police he left his wife watching television in their living room when he went to bed about 10pm.
He told police he woke the next morning to find her missing.
The Baden-Clays. Photo: Supplied
Prosecutor Danny Boyle has ended his questioning of Senior Constable Huth for the day.
Court has adjourned for the day and is due to resume at 10am tomorrow.
Senior Constable Huth said it was extremely difficult to access the creek bed where Mrs Baden-Clay's body was found.
He was forced to abseil from the bridge to the creek bed below in order to examine the scene.
Another officer had attempted to trek down the steep embankment on the northern side of the creek, but had slipped and dislocated his shoulder in the process.
Senior Constable Huth also examined the crime scene at Kholo Creek where Allison Baden-Clay's body was found.
He collected samples of the water, mud and plants found in the area.
The third witness Senior Constable Ashley Huth has been called to the stand.
He attended the Baden-Clays' home on April 24, 2012 - four days after Allison Baden-Clay disappeared - where he tested the couple's property and camper trailer for traces of blood.
He did not find any traces of blood at the Brookfield property.
The second witness Sergeant Murray Watson from Indooroopilly police station has been called to the stand.
He had previously dealt with Gerard Baden-Clay when evicting tenants from properties on the real estate agent's rental roll.
Mr Baden-Clay's defence counsel Michael Byrne QC is cross-examining Sergeant Watson.
He said Sergeant Watson had previously dealt with Mr Baden-Clay through the local Rotary club and the Kenmore Chamber of Commerce.
"You described him as 'one of the nicest guys in the world'?" Mr Byrne asked.
Sergeant Watson agreed.
Senior Sergeant Taylor has been temporarily stood down from the witness box. He is expected to return at a later date during the trial to be cross-examined by Mr Baden-Clay's defence counsel Michael Byrne QC.
Gerard Baden-Clay took a handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his eyes and nose, as photographs of his late wife's decomposing body were shown to the court.
Many of Allison Baden-Clay's family and friends left the public gallery as the confronting photographers were displayed.
Senior Sergeant Ewan Taylor was among two officers to examine Allison Baden-Clay's body beneath the Kholo Creek bridge.
"She was lying on her side. Her arms and hands were above her head," he told the court.
The court has again been shown confronting images of Mrs Baden-Clay's body on the muddied banks of the creek.
"The deceased was in the advanced stages of decomposition," Senior Sergeant Taylor said.
"She was wearing a pair of white and blue sneakers, what appeared to be 3/4 or tracksuit pants, a blue or purple-coloured top ...
"Her hands were still inside the sleeves of the jumper ... and her hands were up and tangled around her head."
Kholo Creek bridge. Photo: Supplied
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller, QC, has concluded his opening address to the jury.
Gerard Baden-Clay's defence counsel has elected not to make an opening address.
The first witness has been called.
Senior Sergeant Ewan Taylor, of the Scenes of Crime Unit based at Hendra, has taken the stand.
"The Crown case ladies and gentlemen is a circumstantial one," Mr Fuller has told the jury.
However, he said, it is alleged Mrs Baden-Clay did not die of natural causes, but at the hands of her husband.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller, QC, is now detailing the events in the Baden-Clay household on the day Allison Baden-Clay disappeared.
He said the Thursday on which Mrs Baden-Clay was last seen was not unlike any other for the Brookfield family.
The Baden-Clays' daughters had attended their school's cross-country carnival. Mrs Baden-Clay had been to a meeting at the couple's real estate agency and then to the hairdressers at 4pm. Mr Baden-Clay had dinner with his daughters and his parents and sister.
Once back home later that evening, Mr and Mrs Baden-Clay put their children to bed between 6.30pm and 7pm.
Mr Baden-Clay said he went to bed about 10pm, leaving his wife watching television in their living room.
He told police he woke the next morning on April 20, 2012 to find his wife missing.
Court has resumed.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller, QC, has launched his opening address to the jury before a packed court room.
He told the jury a canoeist, named Daniel Joyce, happened upon Allison Baden-Clay's body on the muddied banks of Kholo Creek at Anstead on April 30, 2013.
Without warning, he showed the court confronting crime scene photographs of Mrs Baden-Clay's body underneath the Kholo Creek bridge.
Mrs Baden-Clay was wearing a grey tracksuit and running shoes.
Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller, QC, said Mrs Baden-Clay's tracksuit top was pulled up over her head, "consistent with her having been dragged".
"She had some possible bruising on her chest and a chip to her tooth," he said.
" ... Those injuries were not consistent with a fall from the bridge."
Mr Fuller said: "Let me tell you about Allison Baden-Clay ...
"She was 43 years of age at the time of her death. She had been married to Mr Baden-Clay for almost 15 years."
The prosecution arrive at the trial of Gerard Baden-Clay, including Todd Fuller QC (left) and barrister Danny Boyle (right). Photo: Renee Melides
The parents of Gerard Baden-Clay, Elaine and Nigel Baden-Clay, have faced the media outside the Supreme Court with their daughter Olivia and her husband Ian.
The two couples emerged from the court hand-in-hand.
Mr Baden-Clay's solicitor Peter Shields read a brief statement to the media:
"Gerard has pleaded not guilty and his trial has begun," he said.
"At the commencement of the trial Justice Byrne directed the jury to the danger of paying attention to anything other than the evidence which is placed before them in court.
"Accordingly, the defence and my client's family will not be making any statement to the media or answering any questions asked by the media until after the verdict.
"I also ask the media to respect my client's family as they attend court in support of Gerard. Thank you."
Gerard Baden-Clay's father Nigel and mother Elaine, with Gerard Baden-Clay's sister Olivia Walton and her husband Ian. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Court has adjourned for lunch.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller, QC, is expected to give his opening address to the jury at 2.30pm.
- Gerard Baden-Clay has pleaded not guilty.
- The jury has been empanelled
- A list of 77 potential witnesses has been read out.
- Justice John Byrne has reminded jurors of their duty.
Court documents arrive for the trial of Gerard Baden-Clay. Photo: Renee Melides
Gerard Baden-Clay has now been placed in the charge of the jury.
"The verdict is your judgement, whether the accused is guilty or not guilty," Justice John Byrne told the jury.
He has reminded the jury that they are the judge of the facts.
"You cannot take into account information from any other source other than what is presented at this trial," he said.
"You are not detectives, you are judges of the facts.''
Two jurors have been cross-examined in relation to their answers to the questionnaire, but both will remain on the jury.
The jury will now be formally empanelled.
The former Minister for housing and public works Bruce Flegg. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Earlier, a list of 77 potential witnesses was read out to prospective jurors in the Supreme Court.
Among the potential witnesses was MP Bruce Flegg, the Member for Moggill and a neighbour of the Baden-Clays in the west Brisbane suburb of Brookfield.
The accused's father Nigel Baden-Clay and sister Olivia Walton are also among the potential witnesses, as well as Allison's parents Priscilla and Geoff Dickie.
Recorded interviews with the Baden-Clays' three daughters could also be played to the court.
A number of police officers, forensic and scientific experts, and neighbours of the Baden-Clays are expected to give evidence during the four-week trial.
Court has resumed after a short break and the prosecution and defence counsels are now considering the jurors' answers to the questionnaire.
Here are the key points in the investigation:
Friday April 20, 2012: Allison Baden-Clay is reported missing from her Brookfield home about 7.30am. Police establish a command post at the Brookfield Showgrounds to co-ordinate an extensive search for the mother-of-three.
In their statement addressed to "Australian media" this morning, the parents of Allison Baden-Clay said the past two years had been "the most devastating period of our lives".
Here is the statement in full:
To the Australian media,
As a family we would like to thank the Australian media for the respect you have shown us over the past two years during what has been the most devastating period of our lives.
Throughout this time, you have shown us empathy and compassion for which we are enormously grateful. We have also appreciated your efforts to ensure our family and in particular, our grandchildren's privacy have been protected.
As the trial is imminent, we understand public interest in the case will again escalate and we recognise the media has a role in responding to this.
However, out of respect for our daughter, her children and the legal process we will not be doing any interviews in the lead up to or during the trial. We ask that you respect our privacy and our decision not to grant interviews and refrain from photographing or filming the children.
We hope you can imagine the ongoing impact of these events on our granddaughters – it has been devastating and will be long lasting.
Our primary concern remains their emotional and physical wellbeing. We are trying to help them rebuild their lives and ask for your support and cooperation in this.
The Dickie Family
Justice John Byrne asked any jurors concerned about their ability to remain impartial during the trial to raise their hand.
None raised their hand.
The questionnaire has now been distributed to the jury. The jury will retire to the jury room to answer the questions.
Seven male jurors, five female jurors and three female reserve jurors have been selected, although they are yet to be formally empanelled.
The court has heard that Mr Baden-Clay's father Nigel and his sister Olivia may be called to give evidence at the trial.
Mrs Baden-Clay's parents, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie, may also be called to give evidence.
The jury panel has been selected, but before they can be formally empanelled they will be asked to complete a questionnaire to ensure they can remain impartial throughout the trial.
The court decided to quiz the jury to detect any potential bias because of the high-profile nature of the trial.
The jury has been selected for the trial of Gerard #BadenClay: 7 men, 5 women and 3 female reserve jurors have been chosen. #TenNews — TEN News Queensland (@tennewsqld) June 10, 2014
The jury selection has started.
The jurors will be asked three questions before being empanelled, including whether they have ever expressed a view about the innocence or guilt of Gerard Baden-Clay.
They will also be asked whether they or a member of their immediate family lived in the Brookfield, Anstead, Bellbowrie or Chapel Hill areas at the time of Allison Baden-Clay's death and whether they have ever contributed to a fund connected to the late mother of three.
Gerard Baden-Clay has been arraigned on one count of murder.
The court has heard him speak for the first time.
The judge's associate said: "Gerard Robert Baden-Clay you stand charged that on or about the 19th day of April 2012 in the state of Queensland you murdered Allison June Baden-Clay.
"How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?"
Mr Baden-Clay stood in the dock and replied: "Not guilty your honour."
Gerard Baden-Clay at the funeral of his wife, Allison. Photo: Michelle Smith
The parents of Allison Baden-Clay, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie, released a statement to the media this morning.
"... Out of respect for our daughter, her children and the legal process we will not be doing any interviews in the lead up to or during the trial. We ask that you respect our privacy," the statement reads.
Allison Baden-Clay. Photo: Supplied
Gerard Baden-Clay has entered the dock. He is clean shaven and wearing a dark suit and glasses.
The jury selection process is about to begin before a packed courtroom in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
The parents of Gerard Baden-Clay, Elaine and Nigel Baden-Clay, are seated in the front row of the public gallery, alongside Gerard's sister Olivia Walton and her husband Ian Walton.
The family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay are seated in the second row of the public gallery.