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Court shown emotional tapes of police interviews with Allison Baden-Clay’s daughters
A Supreme Court jury has been shown tapes of emotional interviews with two of the daughters of Allison Baden-Clay, whose husband is on trial for her murder.
The police interviews were recorded in April, 2012, on the day Allison was reported missing by her husband.
Her body was found on a creek bank under the Kholo Creek bridge at Anstead in Brisbane’s west, about 10 kilometres from the couple’s Brookfield home.
Gerard Baden-Clay, 43, a former real estate agent has pleaded not guilty to murder.
He cried in the dock as he watched the recorded interviews with his daughters.
In one of the interviews, one daughter broke down in tears while describing her family’s efforts to find Allison that morning.
When I said ‘where’s mum,’ he said ‘I think she’s gone for a walk’.
She said she had noticed nothing unusual about her mother when she had put her to bed the night before, or when she had seen her watching TV on the couch later that night.
She also said she noticed a band-aid on her father’s face the following morning.
Her younger sister likewise heard nothing unusual during the night, but also spotted the band-aid on her father’s face the following morning.
“He scraped himself with his old shaver thing,” the girl told police in a separate interview also recorded the day Allison was reported missing.
The younger child said she had never seen or heard her parents fight, while her older sister said their arguments were brief.
The court also heard the older daughter describing the family’s concern when her mother did not return from a morning walk on the day she disappeared.
She said she believed her mother had gone for a walk around 5.00am, but had not returned two hours later.
“We were all sitting at home and getting ready for school … and really worried,” she said.
“Our grandfather and aunty came to help just search around to see if she was still walking or not.”
She said she remembered waking up and looking at a clock, that it was 6.30am and that her dad was awake.
“When I said ‘where’s mum,’ he said ‘I think she’s gone for a walk’.
“She wasn’t there coming up the driveway.
“Dad was trying to keep calm for us. I don’t know actually what was going on in his head,” she said, crying and taking tissues.
Prosecutor Todd Fuller has told the court experts will testify the scratches on Gerard Baden-Clay’s face were more consistent with an injury caused by a fingernail than a razor.
TRIAL FACTS -THE LEGAL EAGLES IN THE CASE
Justice John Byrne: Justice Byrne has presided over recent high-profile cases including the trials of Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel and convicted triple murderer Max Sica. The Brisbane Boys’ College graduate studied law at the University of Queensland. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 1989 and was appointed senior judge administrator of the court in 2007.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller QC: One of Queensland’s top silks, Mr Fuller is an assistant director of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He studied law at the University of Queensland and was admitted as a barrister in 1989. Mr Fuller was appointed principal crown prosecutor at the DPP in 2003. In recent years, he has successfully prosecuted cop killers Phillip Graeme Abel and Donna Lee McAvoy and triple murderer Max Sica.
Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle: Mr Boyle acts as a consulting Crown prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws in 1984 and was admitted to the bar just four years later. He was involved in successfully prosecuting the man and three teenagers convicted of bashing to death the uncle of rugby league star Johnathan Thurston in 2011.
Defence counsel Michael Byrne QC: Formerly the deputy director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Byrne now sits on the opposite side of the bar table. He studied law at the University of Queensland and was first called to the bar in 1977. He defended Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel last year and represented cop killers Phillip Graeme Abel and Donna Lee McAvoy. It will be the first time Mr Byrne meets Mr Fuller in a Supreme Court trial since the trial of Abel and McAvoy in September last year.
Defence solicitor Peter Shields: Mr Shields, a former police officer, is one of few accredited criminal specialist solicitors in Queensland. He studied law at the Queensland University of Technology and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in Queensland and New South Wales in 1998, before opening his own practice in New Farm.