#Settled #Guilty # Life – Justice For Allison, Judgement Day In Pictures


 

 

 

 

 

 

What can I say, an amazing day yesterday. I was so grateful to be in the court room, amongst Allison’s family and friends and to hear those 2 words “Guilty” Life”   The overflow court roared as one. Tears flowed freely amongst many. Whilst many of us never knew Allison personally, I feel this trial, we as just normal every day Australians, got to know and fall in love with Allison Baden Clay.  For everything that woman had gone through during her married life, she was an just the most amazing Captain of the human version of the  Titanic.  The ship was sinking, hitting major hurdles, yet, this courageous woman went about her day to day life, caring for her children, trying to stop the ship from hitting the iceberg.  What a brave, beautiful person she was. Yesterday justice was served for Allison and her family and friends.  I have enjoyed taking photos to help give people some perspective who couldn’t be there.  Allison’s family were nothing short of AMAZING to us who have been at the trial since day 1. They were gracious, kind, caring, gentle people, it proved to me what an AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL,CARING, LOYAL family they are.

Whilst this verdict does nothing to ease their pain and broken hearts at least I feel it shows how a community of strangers can come together and support someone during their darkest hours and be there as a moral support to see the justice system do it’s job.

Finally I just want to thank Robbo for allowing me to share my images on here, I love my photography with a passion. I try to make the viewer feel like they’re there, in the front row, I think I achieved my goal during this trial.   Can I ask that you be RESPECTFUL to my work, by not copying these photos and posting on your facebook, twitter pages. I put these images on here in good faith.  Rather, do the right thing and share the page, that’s the greatest compliment you can do to me and Robbo.

Allison, may your spirit live on, you’re a shining example of how to deal with adversity and still look for the positives! May your soul be at peace with the Lord, God Bless you, never to be forgotten! Justice is SERVED, SETTLED!!

Gerry

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Swimming Against The Tide Of Evidence in Photos!


Again NONE OF THESE PHOTOS MAYBE COPIED,SHARED, DOWNLOADED TO OTHER PAGES. THESE PHOTOS ARE PURELY FOR AUSSIE CRIMINALS WEBSITE.

G’day Guys n Gals on Aussie Criminals,

Firstly can I publicly  again thank Robbo for giving me an opportunity to become involved and for having faith in me. I feel like a Claytons crime scene photographer, maybe I shouldn’t have been in banking for 20yrs and gone down the detective path. I do love investigating and putting pieces of the puzzle together. I’ve followed the case since the day Allison was reported missing.  I’m enjoying doing my own research / observations and allowing you guys a chance to see photos of the crime scene (final resting place) that you otherwise wouldn’t.

I’ve attended each day of the Gerard Baden Clay trial and seen all the photos (rather the lack of them). My main focus has been on the placement of Allison’s body in relation to the bridge, it’s structure and the surrounds.  Previously I published photos showing low tide.

Given the defense want to show tidal flows (by way of time lapse) and expert witness it was only right that I go back and photograph high tide.

As I’ve mentioned in previous postings I’m very much a visual person, I see things from a different perspective.

The one key visual that I wanted to replicate to you, the viewer, was the position of her body (almost side on/ parallel  to the concrete ledge) in relation to:
1. The concrete ledge (the mostly likely place her body was tossed from)
2. The concrete beams of the bridge (using the pillar as a guide)

This in my view helps to quash any perception the defense team want to prove that she committed suicide by jumping off the edge. Of course firstly she had to magically walk 14km or get a taxi didn’t she with no car.

So when you look at the photos where I show the ledge and concrete beams, use that as a guide when counting how far in under the road her body was. Unless her body could fly it’s impossible for it to have come from the top of the bridge.

I also stumbled across another possible area, not brought up by the prosecution, where the body could have been moved (transported) along, to reach its final resting spot. This is just a theory, we will never know the true route taken. But if I was wanting to move a body (with assistance) this area is perfect!

The police in evidence to the court said they looked at the scout camp (1.5km) and Macpherson Roslen P/L (3.1km) from the bridge. But the MOST obvious route to me is via the dry creek bed of Little Ugly Creek which runs parallel (city side)  in most places along Mt Crosby Rd. It’s as flat as a biscuit, concealed very well from main road, so no torch lights would have been spotted from the roadside if driving past. There are no houses around. There’s an awesome access point to the creek on Wirrabarra Rd and a well worn track where cars have been driven.  A car could have driven well into this scrub easily to park and would never be seen. Your landmark (to finding this track) is a road barrier with the word “Road Closed” spray painted.  So in the attached photos you’ll see the flatness. At some point I believe it’s plausible that the body is then bought up to Mt Crosby Rd (near a Telegraph pole) with only a walking distance of 150-200m to the bridge (remembering back then the grass was long so person/ persons could have ducked down with approaching headlights.    I didn’t have time to walk the entire creek, but as far as proximity goes and convenience to Kholo Creek it’s a route of choice I would have used (with assistance) to avoid detection.  I have gone back over the witness testimony and witness 26 lives at 670 Mt Crosby Rd. His dog started howling around 12.30am and 1am he also heard someone mumbling. This property is diagonally across from the path (parallel to the creek bed)   that I found below Mt Crosby.  Very interesting !

This is area on Wirrabara  Rd that I came across (200m approx) from intersection of Mt Crosby Rd and Wirrabara Rds

This is area on Wirrabara Rd that I came across (200m approx) from intersection of Mt Crosby Rd and Wirrabara Rds

A clear pathway beside the road closed barrier, leading down to beside Little Ugly Creek

A clear pathway beside the road closed barrier, leading down to beside Little Ugly Creek

Litttle Ugly Creek that runs beside the path. What stands out is the dryness and how flat the creek bed is, perfect for walking along

Litttle Ugly Creek that runs beside the path. What stands out is the dryness and how flat the creek bed is, perfect for walking along

This is the track were cars have clearly driven along over time, Little Ugly Creek is to the right of this photo. In the background is the direction of Mt Crosby Rd

This is the track were cars have clearly driven along over time, Little Ugly Creek is to the right of this photo. In the background is the direction of Mt Crosby Rd

This is to show the proximity of Mt Crosby Rd on this path which cars have clearly driven.  (To my back taking this photo is Little Ugly Creek.  Witness 26 property is in the direction of top left of the photo to give some perspective.

This is to show the proximity of Mt Crosby Rd on this path which cars have clearly driven. (To my back taking this photo is Little Ugly Creek. Witness 26 , Brian Mason property is in the general  direction  approximately of top left of the photo across the road to give some perspective. (When I took this photo I didn’t realise where his property was when I found this path below the road)  He testified that his dog started howling around 12;30am – 1am and she started to howl again after being quietened down. He stated that he heard mumbled voice, like someone was talking to someone.  (Day 3 testimony)

This is taken of Little Ugly Creek (with Mt Crosby Rd to my back) from the path were cars clearly have access.

This is taken of Little Ugly Creek (with Mt Crosby Rd to my back) from the path were cars clearly have access.

Little Ugly Creek photographed in the direction of Kholo Creek. Again so flat, easy to walk along, remaining well hidden.

Little Ugly Creek photographed in the direction of Kholo Creek. Again so flat, easy to walk along, remaining well hidden.

High Tide - The body was located to the right of this green plant

High Tide – The body was located to the right of this green plant

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Low Tide

Low Tide

High Tide

High Tide

Her head was in line (1 foot) to the left of the black sign on the right. With her legs almost parallel to the ledge (slightly pointed towards the water approx) Take  note of the beams under the bridge

Her head was in line (1 foot) to the left of the black sign on the right (towards the larger black sign). With her legs almost parallel to the ledge (slightly pointed towards the water approx)
Take note of the beams under the bridge

This the view you would see if you laid in the exact spot as the body. Highlighting that the body is between the 3rd,4th,5th beams of the bridge

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This the view you would see if you laid in the exact spot as the body. Highlighting that the body is between the 3rd,4th,5th beams of the bridge

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This the view if you were laying in the position of the body (the body was lying left to right from this leave) . Notice the positioning relative to the  (3rd-5th) beams of the bridge

This the view if you were laying in the position of the body (the body was lying left to right from this leave) . Notice the positioning relative to the (3rd-5th) beams of the bridge

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Showing the height between the ledge and riverbed

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Again to show the body's position (right of plant) in relation to the beams under the bridge.

Again to show the body’s position (right of plant) in relation to the beams under the bridge.

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 Leaning over the bridge to take shot of the plant under the bridge

Leaning over the bridge to take shot of the plant under the bridge

Other side of bridge (side of the pathway down to under the bridge)

Other side of bridge (side of the pathway down to under the bridge)

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The time lapse video I believe was taken from sitting a camera  on these pipes.

The time lapse video that the defense has taken of tidal flow I believe was taken from sitting a camera on these pipes.

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We'll never forget Allison!

We’ll never forget Allison!

 

Thanks for viewing and reading! To see more of my normal photographic work you can look here: http://www.gerryrocks.com

Rock On!

Gerry

 

 

 

 

In Perspective, A Visual Look Through The Lens!


PLEASE NOTE NONE OF THESE PHOTOS MAYBE COPIED,SHARED,DOWNLOADED WITHOUT OBTAINING MY EXPRESS PERMISSION. ANY BREACH OF THIS IS A BREACH OF COPYRIGHT, I HAVE NO HESITATION IN PURSUING ANY SUCH BREACHES! ALL PHOTOS REGISTERED TO GERRYROCKS

As a pro photographer, I wanted to visit Allison’s memorial, pay my respect, see her final resting place and the house in which she lived. The purpose of these photos is give some perspective to those who are unable to visit her memorial site, resting place. Also to show the layout of exterior of the home (at a distance). At no stage were any photos of the home taken on the property itself.

These images are taken in good faith, with no malice, disrespect intended.

Thanks again to Robbo for allowing me post these!

CCTV Camera at Moggill Rd and Brookfield Rd Roundabout

CCTV Camera at Moggill Rd and Brookfield Rd Roundabout

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View of CCTV cameras at roundabout taken from Brookfield Rd.  No CCTV camera pointed at Brookfield RD. Both cameras only focused on Moggill Rd

View of CCTV cameras at roundabout taken from Brookfield Rd. No CCTV camera pointed at Brookfield RD. Both cameras only focused on Moggill Rd

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Right side of Kholo Creek Bridge (City direction my back). More accessible on this side than the left side of the bridge.  Allison's body was located under the bridge and to the left as you look from here.

Right side of Kholo Creek Bridge (City direction my back). More accessible on this side than the left side of the bridge. Allison’s body was located under the bridge and to the left as you look from here.

 

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This is to highlight how steep the path is from the top. PLEASE TAKE CARE IF YOU INTEND TO VISIT. The ground is soft under foot and you can easily slip and tumble

This is to highlight how steep the path is from the top. PLEASE TAKE CARE IF YOU INTEND TO VISIT. The ground is soft under foot and you can easily slip and tumble

Allison's final resting place.  You can see the concrete slab in the bottom left of the picture. There is a drop off of about 2 meters. It would be easy for someone to push a body from off the ledge, imo.

Allison’s final resting place. You can see the concrete slab in the bottom left of the picture. There is a drop off of about 2 meters. It would be easy for someone to push a body from off the ledge, imo.

This photo is taken with the pillar of the bridge on my immediate left.  Testimony was given that her body was inside the pillar if you drew a straight line down from the top. When you stand next to the pillar and look up you will realize that its almost impossible for the body to have been dropped over to top of the bridge (to have been found where it was). This just my opinion.

This photo is taken with the pillar of the bridge on my immediate left. Testimony was given that her body was inside the pillar if you drew a straight line down from the top. When you stand next to the pillar and look up you will realize that its almost impossible for the body to have been dropped over to top of the bridge (to have been found where it was). This just my opinion.

This is taken to the left of the pillar (left hand side of the bridge). I have tried to show  the drop off from the cement ledge I refered to in earlier photo.  Her body was found to the right of this pillar again just to give some perspective.

This is taken to the left of the pillar (left hand side of the bridge). I have tried to show the drop off from the cement ledge I refered to in earlier photo. Her body was found to the right of this pillar again just to give some perspective.

This is taken with the left pillar to my back looking back up to the pathway on the right.

This is taken with the left pillar to my back looking back up to the pathway on the right.

This is the view looking up the left side (as you face it on road level) of the bridge.

This is the view looking up the left side (as you face it on road level) of the bridge.

Give some perspective as to distance between the riverbed and the top of the bridge.

Give some perspective as to distance between the riverbed and the top of the bridge.

This is the view from the concrete ledge (In between the pillars). The photo doesn't do itself justice to show  the drop off.

This is the view from the concrete ledge (In between the pillars). The photo doesn’t do itself justice to show the drop off.

This is the right hand pillar of the bridge

This is the right hand pillar of the bridge

This is from the right pillar on my left looking back up towards the path.

This is from the right pillar on my left looking back up towards the path.

Taken in between both pillars, a few meters back from the concrete drop.

Taken in between both pillars, a few meters back from the concrete drop.

Again just highlighting the steepness

Again just highlighting the steepness

The view from the right pillar looking towards the left side of the bridge

The view from the right pillar looking towards the left side of the bridge

Use this photo looking at the top of the sign and the next photo to give you an idea of the steepness given the height of the sign

Use this photo looking at the top of the sign and the next photo to give you an idea of the steepness given the height of the sign

Sign at the top beside the pathway

Sign at the top beside the pathway

Dry dead shrubbery on the far left of the path as you are walking up to top. It's plausible that you might grab hold of these branches so as to not slip (help pull you up) the slope.

Dry dead shrubbery on the far left of the path as you are walking up to top. It’s plausible that you might grab hold of these branches so as to not slip (help pull you up) the slope.

Following on from previous photo the dead dry shrubbery on the left of the pathway as you climb back to the top.

Following on from previous photo the dead dry shrubbery on the left of the pathway as you climb back to the top.

View from road level of left hand side of bridge (direction of City to your back)

View from road level of left hand side of bridge (direction of City to your back)

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Street level (City direction to my back)

 

You Can’t Defend Your Character When You’re Dead! – Day 4 Observations


These are just my own observations from attending court, I have attended each day. I’m not the greatest at writing, so bear with me.
I write these in good faith and only for Aussie Criminals page.

I’ll use a * just to highlight points / statements made by witnesses that were interesting.

This is beginning to be like lining up at Boondall to see a concert. Fourth day in and by 9:15am the line up outside court 11 has formed a very long “L” shape. You can sense the anticipation in the air with the witnesses who we expected were to be called. It didn’t take long to realize that today was going to be a huge day.

Peter Shields rocked up pretty early before commencement this morning, compared to the previous 3 days. Family and friends of ABC started to arrive by 9:10am. It was obvious to the regulars who’d sat in previous days that seating was going to be at a premium. This was due to the extra numbers of ABC family / friends. Who could blame them for showing up to support their beloved Allison, when the likes of NBC, OW & TMcH were expected to take the witness stand.

I decided to do a runner up to the overflow court (Court 17) prior to seeing in any members of the public were going to find seats in main court. It was kind of a no brainier.

For those thinking of attending, Court 17 is EXCELLENT! It’s a split screen with judge / witness in the top left & right, prosecution / defense bottom left / right. You can actually hear what is being said.

Ironically, Justice Byrne reads out a request from the jury, could the prosecutor and defense speak a little louder. (Honestly if you haven’t got bionic hearing it’s difficult to hear everything in court 11)

10:10am The overflow court is packed, people standing in the doorway and now seated on the floor.
10:14 NBC re enters the witness box, takes a sip of water before a question has even began. He looks a tad nervous, but any perception I had of his nervousness was quickly evaporated. NBC found his groove pretty quickly. He’s a very confident speaker, especially when Michael Byrne QC was asking the questions.

  • NBC tells the court that he filled in the Insurance claim forms once Allison’s death was confirmed. You only had to look around the room to see what people’s reaction to this was.

*NBC tells the court that Allison used to dress in dull colours. (Implying that is was a characteristic of her depression)

If the people in Court 17 weren’t in shock at what their ears were hearing they were now.

  • NBC claims that he and EBC ONCE saw ABC out walking at 6;30am ( NBC trying to show that she took morning walks)

Olivia Walton (OW) is the next witness called

  • Within 5 mins of being of the stand OW mentions the word ‘depression’ . As a member of the public observer this trial it’s easy to see that the defense’s case is going to focus on Allison’s depression (implying she committed suicide)
  • OW starts to get emotional on the stand
    Conveniently GBC takes off his glasses and wipes a tear from his face with his handkerchief.

OW regains her composure rather quickly (2 mins after her first being emotional)

OW, just like NBC states GBC and ABC were a very private couple.

ABC picked up OW one night from hospital after OW had been suffering a quite severe headache. OW says she was surprised ABC and not GBC picked her up.

  • At cross country OW took a photo of GBC who was in a business shirt mentions that GBC had been scratched by a caterpillar. OW says she gave GBC some STINGOSE to apply on the scratch.

It’s worth noting in the photo that GBC’s right eye is red. OW puts that done to GBC possibly rubbing his eye and getting some STINGOSE in it.

On the morning of April 20th OW says she was woken by EBC and said I don’t want to alarm you…..Allison is missing.

*OW claims to have sent GBC a text message to ask what route she normally walks (It would be worthwhile checking phone records to see if the stacks up)

Whilst out driving (looking for Allison) on the way to GBC’s house she claims to have sent a txt message to GBC asking what ABC was wearing.

Prosecutor asks OW upon arriving at GBC/ABC home did she notice anything strange or unusual?

**OW says she DIDN’T notice the cuts to his face straight away.

Michael Byrne QC starts questioning OW

  • OW brings up Allison being withdrawn and house being dark, curtains drawn. (Which is again same testimony that NBC gave)

OW appeared to be painting the picture / planting the seed that ABC behavior showed signs of being an anxious person.

Some family & friends of ABC leave the court whilst OW is on the stand.

OW really making ABC sound like she was uncomfortable with parenting and struggling with life.

OW claims that parenting routine was difficult for ABC.

OW says that in early 2004 ABC told her that she was diagnosed with clinical depression. OW says that ABC confided in EBC the same information. (It’s worth noting I’m sure OW got the year wrong, as I thought NBC said it was 2007 which ABC confided in EBC about her diagnosis. At time of writing I’m not able to confirm what NBC said in his testimony, but it’s worth checking out. I’m sure someone’s got their years wrong)

** OW says GBC played a significant role in the parenting of their (GBC/ABC) children

OW comes across trying to show that GBC was very involved father with his children.

*** OW made the point that after searching for ABC (whilst driving to GBC place morning April 20) that it wasn’t unreasonable for GBC to call the police.

This statement doesn’t make sense. In my opinion, it implies that only after her searching that GBC should call the police. The timeline of events don’t stack up. As NBC stated GBC called him at 6;45am to inform him that Allison was missing and 7;15am (if I have my times right) GBC phones the police to report Allison missing??

OW making (the court) it look like she cared and wanted goes onto say that she wanted her and her friends to help SES to search for Allison (in the days after ABC being reported missing). But OW says she was not allowed to join the search due being told that there was no indemnity insurance cover for people like her assisting the SES should she or her friends get hurt / injured.

This statement raises a few eyebrows in my opinion.

** OW makes the point that ABC might be upset with her brother’s new baby boy being born into the Baden Clay family.

Overall I found both NBC & OW hell bent on painting ABC in a bad light. Unfortunately ABC is not alive to defend her character, but it was there for all to see the strategy the defense team is taking to target / highlight Allison’s depression (implying that she committed suicide).

Mrs Dickie takes the stand:

**GBC again removes his glasses and wipes his eyes with a handkerchief. (To me this seems rehearsed)

2 minutes later he puts his glasses back on.

  • Mrs Dickie says she COULDN’T believe (when she arrived at their house on April 20) that GBC was dressed in Pink stripped shirt & tie like he was ready to go to work.

**Mrs Dickie asks GBC what happened. She goes on to ask GBC did you sleep in same bed as her last night. Mrs Dickie said GBC said YES he slept in same bed as her.

Mrs Dickie said it was later in 2011 that ABC said GBC no longer loved her.

  • Mrs Dickie said since GBC and ABC marriage there had only been 1 family gathering between the Baden Clays and Dickies.

THIS WAS AMAZING TO HEAR!! Sounds like there was never any love lost between the 2 families as a whole.

** Mrs Dickie told the court that GBC/ABC house was so STERILE. Michael Byrne said to Mrs Dickie “that I put it to you the house was NOT sterile”. Mrs Dickie really took Michael Byrne to task asking him “Well what word would you suggest I use” she goes on to say how about ‘the house was very tidy”. The crowd in Court 17 errupted into loud applause (you can’t display emotion in the main court as a rule)

It’s worth noting that during this exchange which Mrs Dickie won with a knockout punch against the defense’s questioning that Michael Byrne QC was all set to show a series of photos (we don’t know exactly what they were but Peter Shields had removed them from a folder, but he declined to show them after Mrs Dickie’s epic performance.

Allison would be so very proud of her mum’s testimony. The people in court 17 certainly were.

Kerry Walker, (ABC’s best friend) said that ABC wanted to work on a happy family unit despite knowing GBC was having an affair.

KW said ABC was becoming more assertive in the months prior to her death.

KW said that in 2011 ABC was trying to rectify her marriage she said that ABC always had a positive aspect. Taking positive steps to try to make the marriage better.

KW said ABC was always very hard (critical of) on herself.
KW said that if ABC ever needed advice on anything she would seek the right person (professional) to talk to her.

Toni McHugh (TMH) said that EBC suggested she might want to join the business (real estate) as her teaching contract had / was expiring.

TMH said that in August 2008 she became close friends with GBC. She was in a 17yr (i think this figure is right) with her partner

TMH says that GBC was adamant that he didn’t have a relationship with his wife when they were discussing taking their relationship further.

At a meeting at a coffee shop GBC told TMH he wasn’t ready to leave his wife, but he was going to leave. She said GBC insisted that I will be leaving my wife.

It’s worth noting that GBC during TMH entire time in the witness stand never moved one inch he was was focused on looking at her.

So that’s my take on the day’s events.

Thanks for reading!

Gerryrocks