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A MAGISTRATE said he was “flabbergasted” that police would need four to five months to scour Gerard Baden-Clay’s finances – a process set to delay court proceedings.
Prosecutor Danny Boyle told Magistrate Chris Callaghan they would be unable to give Baden-Clay’s defence team the full brief of evidence because an investigative accountant would need until mid November to analyse bank accounts and insurance policies.
Baden-Clay, 41, who did not appear today, is charged with murdering his wife Allison on April 19 and dumping her body on the banks of a creek.
An earlier court hearing was told Baden-Clay is $1 million in debt and stood to gain about that from his wife’s life insurance and superannuation policies.
Mr Boyle said police were also waiting on computer and phone examinations, as well as post mortem results.
“The post mortem tests are outstanding … the forensics pathologist was away last week and this week until Wednesday,” he said.
A recent court hearing heard police still do not have a cause of death.
Police have so far taken statements from 330 people and still have another 50 to 100 to go.
“The investigative accountant is still to come,” Mr Boyle said.
“The accountant has indicated that it will be mid November.”
Magistrate Callaghan said he was shocked it could take so long.
“You’re joking, aren’t you,” he said.
“I can’t believe for a minute that it’s going to take five months for an accountant to look into the finances of one person.”
Mr Boyle said the records were “voluminous”.
Magistrate Callaghan ordered that the brief of evidence be handed to the defence by no later than August 20, except for the accountant’s statement.
The matter will return to court on September 3 for a committal mention.