Gerard Baden-Clay Trial Live Coverage: Day 11, Week 3

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Gerard Baden-Clay takes the stand in his murder trial Thursday afternoon, saying he did not kill his wife. Nine News

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It has concluded a sensational day of evidence in Court 11.

Today ...

* Mr Baden-Clay elected to step into the witness box to give evidence. Mr Baden-Clay's choice exposes him to intense cross-examination by the prosecution. It also allows the prosecution to deliver its closing address last.

* Mr Baden-Clay denied killing his wife and denied dumping her body in a creek.

* The 43-year-old cried, pausing to wipes tears from his eyes with a white handkerchief, as he spoke about his "beautiful wife" whom he was very protective of.

"I fell in love with her," he said.

"I fell in love with her pretty much straight away ...

"I knew that she was the one."

* During his at times rambling testimony, Mr Baden-Clay spoke about his relationship with his wife, recalling in great detail their travels around the world, even noting where he and his wife were when they learned of Princess Diana's death.

* He said his wife first showed signs of depression while on a trip to South America. He said her depression worsened after their birth of their first daughter and was a struggle for her thereafter.

Follow our full coverage of the trial here.

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Court has adjourned for the day and will resume at 10am on Monday.

The trial does not sit on Fridays.


But financially, Mr Baden-Clay, said he and his wife were struggling.

"We weren't taking business trips class trips around the world every couple of months and we weren't moving forward," he said.

It was in that context Mr Baden-Clay decided to become a real estate agent. He found a job with Raine & Horne.

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Mr Baden-Clay said his wife's mood improved after Dr George prescribed the anti-depressant Zoloft.

"Look we both, Allison and I, strongly believed in the power of positive thinking. So, and I didn't care so long as she was getting better, but I felt definitely she got a triple benefit from the consultations with Tom, Dr George. She got the benefit of the therapy with him, the medication, but additionally ... feeling like we were doing something and making headway against this mental illness," he said.

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In 2003, Mrs Baden-Clay sought help from her mother-in-law Elaine Baden-Clay, who recommended she see a GP.

She was referred to psychiatrist Dr Tom George.

Dr George has previously testified at the trial.

Gerard Baden-Clay's father Nigel and mother Elaine, with Gerard Baden-Clay's sister Olivia Walton and her husband Ian.
Gerard Baden-Clay's father Nigel and mother Elaine, with Gerard Baden-Clay's sister Olivia Walton and her husband Ian. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
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Gerard and Allison Baden-Clay.
Gerard and Allison Baden-Clay. Photo: Supplied

Mr Baden-Clay said his wife's mood thereafter was "very flat".

"She didn't want to speak to her parents about it ... I didn't tell anybody, because I was protecting my beautiful wife. And she didn't want to tell anybody because she didn't want to be seen to be incapable. She felt a tremendous pressure ..." his voiled trailed off.

"To be perfect," Mr Byrne interrupted.

"Yeah," Mr Baden-Clay replied.

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In late 2001, Mr Baden-Clay said his wife developed a phobia of driving. She also became extremely anxious at being a passenger in a car, he said.


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Gerard Baden-Clay.
Gerard Baden-Clay. 

Mr Baden-Clay has further explained the development of his wife's depression after the birth of their first daughter.

"To be perfectly candid with you it came to a point where I was doing 80 to 90 to 95 ... I couldn't breastfeed obviously [but] I was doing everything in the home because Allison was in a depressed state that wouldn't really enable her to do anything," he said.

"It was during that time that I lined up an intercom facility from the garage to the house so if she ever needed me she could press a button ... and I would come."

Despite his wife's mental state Mr Baden-Clay said he agreed to travel overseas with his brother Adam.

Yet, Mr Baden-Clay said he returned early from the trip, sensing something was not right with his wife.

GBC Defence

Mr Baden-Clay has detailed his holding of Flight Centre shares.

He said he purchased shares at 85 cents.

Earlier this year, Flight Centre shares hit $50, he said.

But he offloaded the shares after the September 2011 terrorist attacks in New York fearing what the event would do for the travel industry.

Mr Baden-Clay has explained that he was at a remote first aid course when the September 11 attacks occurred.

"That's when I called Allison. She arranged the sale of the shares," he said.

"Allison was not quite right after that."

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But that same year, Mr and Mrs Baden-Clay were made redundant from Flight Centre.

"At that time the management was horrified at what this whole internet thing was looking like it was doing," Mr Baden-Clay said.

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The couple returned to Brisbane and decided to start a family in 2000.

"Because my job was so good we could afford to do that," Mr Baden-Clay told the court.

Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay, with the couple's three children.
Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay, with the couple's three children. Photo: Supplied
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Mr Baden-Clay said he and wife returned to the international scout headquarters in Switzerland where they were volunteering.

He said there was great threat of avalanches at the time.

"There were times she thought that the sky was falling ... she was very, very, very anxious. I covered for her by saying she was not well, had a cold, had a headache, but she was out of action for a couple of days because of that," he said.

"This is the beginning of now 1999."

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Gerard Baden-Clay's sister Olivia Walton.
Gerard Baden-Clay's sister Olivia Walton. Photo: Nine News

Mrs Baden-Clay's parents, Priscilla and Geoff Dickie, are seated in the front row of the public gallery.

Mr Baden-Clay's younger sister Olivia Walton is seated on the opposite side of the public gallery.

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Mr Baden-Clay said he and his wife travelled to New York after leaving South America.

"We then went to New York, generally speaking she was fine, but there were not days she was not fine," he said.

He said the couple then went on to London.

"Then she crashed ... she got to a point where she was not good at all," he said.

Mr Baden-Clay said he took Allison to hospital where doctors said her mood-swings would abate after she stopped taking the anti-malaria drug Lariam.

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Speaking about his wife's apparent depression Mr Baden-Clay said: "I cared about her. I didn't want to interrogate her."


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Mr Baden-Clay has taken the time to list all the countries he and his wife visited in South America.

He has also listed which tourist sights they visited and which places they frequented.

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Allison Baden-Clay.
Allison Baden-Clay. Photo: Supplied

Mr Baden-Clay is recalling their trip through South America in great detail.

He said he first noticed signs of her depression in Rio after the couple learned other tourists had been mugged.

He said Allison's mood began to fluctuate thereafter.

"I've always been naturally protective of her. It was just natural for me to protect her I suppose," he said.

"Her mood fluctuated from one end of the spectrum ... from normal Al, who's just a lovely, kind, gentle person, but with a great sense of humour and love of life, though to some really deep depression ...

"Back in 1998 I had no idea, none of us had really any idea, what depression was."

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Mr Baden-Clay is wearing a dark suit and yellow spotted tie in the witness box.

The articulate former real estate agent is occasionally sipping from a cardboard cup of water as he testifies.

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Mr Baden-Clay has recalled his travels with Mrs Baden-Clay, telling the court details.

He noted he and his wife were in a caravan park in New Zealand when Kieren Perkins won Olympic gold.

He also noted he and his wife had "just cleared customs" in Australia, about to embark on their honeymoon, when they discovered Princess Diana had died.

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"I was incredibly nervous. I actually proposed to her under the Eiffel Tower at Park Road in Milton," he said.

"She actually asked for a week to think about it, so I gave her a week to think about it."

A week later Mrs Baden-Clay said yes.

The Eiffel Tower at Park Road, Milton.
The Eiffel Tower at Park Road, Milton. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
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