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Gerard Baden-Clay’s father was stopped by police when he tried to leave his son’s house with a vacuum cleaner the day Allison was reported missing, court hears
Former Brisbane real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay is on trial for murder
The 43-year-old is accused of killing his wife Allison in 2012
Baden-Clay’s father took the stand on day three of the trial in Brisbane
Neighbours heard noises on the night Allison disappeared, court heard
The trial commenced on Tuesday with Baden-Clay pleading not guilty
By CANDACE SUTTON IN BRISBANE and SARAH MICHAEL
PUBLISHED: 10:38 AEST, 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:27 AEST, 13 June 2014
Gerard Baden-Clay’s father Nigel was stopped by police when he tried to leave his son’s home with a vacuum cleaner on the morning Allison Baden-Clay was reported missing, a court heard on Thursday.
This comes as a series of neighbours have described hearing screams, thuds and car noises on the night Allison vanished, the Brisbane Supreme Court heard on the third day of Baden-Clay’s murder trial.
Mr Baden-Clay Snr said after receiving the ‘alarm’ that Allison was missing on the morning of April 20, 2012, he had driven straight from his home three kilometres to his son’s house.
Gerard Baden-Clay’s parents Nigel and Elaine leave the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday, after Mr Baden-Clay took the stand on the third day of his son Gerard’s murder trial +21
Gerard Baden-Clay’s parents Nigel and Elaine leave the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday, after Mr Baden-Clay took the stand on the third day of his son Gerard’s murder trial
Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay pictured in an undated photograph, were working together at his real estate agency before she died +21
Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay pictured in an undated photograph, were working together at his real estate agency before she died
Mr Baden-Clay Snr said his son, a real estate agent, told him he had promised to water the plants and vacuum the carpets for a friend whose house was up for sale.
‘It was a Friday and traditionally on Saturday real estate gets busy with open houses,’ he said.
Gerard Baden-Clay then told his father there was a vacuum and hose pipe his car, and asked him to run the errands for him, the court heard.
‘He said “if you could do that, it would be a great help”.’
Mr Baden-Clay said he took the vacuum and hose pipe and put them in his car but was stopped by police before he left the house.
‘I was about to leave and go and do these little jobs and the police constable asked me to stay and not to take the car,’ he told court.
Mr Baden-Clay Snr told the court that on April 20, 2012 his son was absent for around 30 minutes from the house.
Mr Baden-Clay Snr also said that before his son left, he had noticed cuts on his face.
‘I noticed he had cuts in his cheek and a bit of band-aid hanging off,’ he said.
‘He said, “I cut myself shaving this morning in my hurry to get the girls ready”.
Mr Baden-Clay Snr (left) told court he noticed cuts on his son’s face on the morning Allison Baden-Clay was reported missing +21
Mr Baden-Clay Snr (left) told court he noticed cuts on his son’s face on the morning Allison Baden-Clay was reported missing
Anne Marie Rhodes +21
Fiona White, who lived in a neighbouring suburb to the Baden-Clays, said she heard female screams that sounded ‘like someone falling off a cliff’ on a night in April. She is pictured leaving the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday +21
Anne Marie Rhodes (left), who lived in the same suburb as the Baden-Clays, heard fighting, a thud and a car wheel screeching on the night Allison Baden-Clay vanished, a court heard today. Fiona White, who lived in a neighbouring suburb to the Baden-Clays, said she heard female screams on a night in April
‘He wanted to go straight out with the car looking for her – and he did.’
Asked what car Gerard took, he said, ‘He took the Captiva’.
He said his son had made an effort not to upset the three young Baden-Clay girls before their aunt, Olivia Walton, arrived to taken them to school.
‘We wanted to be careful about not alarming the girls,’ Mr Baden-Clay Snr said.
‘We were anxious to get the girls out of the house and at school before the police arrived.’
He said he and his wife Elaine and daughter Olivia had been speaking at his home on Skype about his newborn grandson with his son in Canada when Gerard phoned about the fact Allison was missing.
He said Gerard sounded ‘anxious’.
‘He said “I don’t want to alarm you but have you seen Allison?”
‘He said “She hasn’t come back from her walk yet and I am a bit worried about it.”
‘He said he didn’t want to alarm us but he alarmed us.’
Mr Baden-Clay Snr said Gerard’s mood was tense in the first hours after he reported his wife missing.
‘Gerard was anxious. He was worried about his wife.
‘He was worried she hadn’t come home.
‘It was most unusual she was still out on her walk.’
Murdered woman Allison Baden-Clay’s brother Ashley Dickie leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday +21
Murdered woman Allison Baden-Clay’s brother Ashley Dickie leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday
Mr Baden-Clay said his son’s explanation of what had occurred the night before was that ‘he’d gone to bed early because he was not feeling so good and he’d left [Allison] up watching the Footy Show.’
Mr Baden-Clay Snr said the night before she went missing Allison had not joined a family barbecue at his place but he did not think that unusual because she was often out on real estate business appointments.
He said Gerard’s mood on the evening was ‘as normal’.
Mr Baden-Clay Snr said he had been ‘very close’ to his son and that he ‘loved Allison as a daughter-in-law’ but that he and his wife Elaine had not known about Allison’s depression until about ‘four or five years into their marriage’.
He said he first learned about it when Allison had contacted his wife and Allison’ had broken down in tears and she didn’t know what was wrong with her.’
His wife Elaine had referred Allison to their GP who had referred Allison on to a psychiatrist.
NEIGHBOURS HEARD NOISES ON THE NIGHT ALLISON WENT MISSING
Earlier on Thursday Brookfield woman Anne Marie Rhodes, who lived in the same suburb as the Baden-Clays, said she heard fighting, a scream and a thud and a car wheel screeching around 10pm on April 19 2012, the night Allison went missing.
‘Initially I heard some fighting. I just heard an argument,’ Mr Rhodes said.
‘Then I went to my bedroom and I heard a scream.
‘Fifteen to 30 minutes later I heard a loud thud and … then I heard car wheels squeal and the car go back, in my mind, towards Brookfield.’
Mrs Rhodes said all the sounds came from the direction of Brookfield Road.
She said the thudding sound was ‘loud and dull …. we have horses and the only thing I could liken it was like horse feed on concrete’.
Brian Mason, leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Thursday, June 12, 2014 +21
David Jenkinson leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday +21
Brian Mason (left, leaving the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday), who lived near Kholo Creek heard mumbling voices in the early hours of April 20, 2012. David Jenkinson (right) heard two heavy thuds and then a car door shutting on the night Allison went missing
Fiona White, who in 2012 lived in Kenmore Hills, a neighbouring suburb to Brookfield, told the court she remembered on a night in April she heard a female scream twice ‘straight one after the other’.
Mrs White said the scream was ‘quite high [pitched]. It was like someone falling off a cliff. A push’.
Mrs White said she had been outside at the back of her house putting the dog out between 9 and 10pm when she heard the two screams.
‘From what I remember I would have said it was a female,’ she said in court.
Mrs White said the screams came from the direction of Greentrees Road, which was on a ridge between her street and Brookfield Road, where the Baden-Clays lived at the time.
Under cross-examination by Michael Byrne QC for Gerard Baden-Clay, she agreed she could not pinpoint the exact date she heard the screams except that it was in the weeks surrounding April 19, 2012.
David Jenkinson, who lived in far-western Brisbane near Kholo Creek, said on the night of April 19 at approximately 10.30pm he was woken by dogs barking to hear two heavy thuds and then a car door shutting.
‘The dogs barking woke me up,’ he said.
‘After that …there was two heavy thuds, one straight after the other, like a cement bag or something heavy being thrown in the ground.’
Half a minute later Mr Jenkinson heard the sound of a car door closing and dogs continuing to bark.
He said he lived 500m from Kholo Creek, where Allison’s body was found on April 29 2012.
Kim and Julie Ann Tzvetkoff are seen leaving court on Thursday. Mrs Tzvetkoff, who lived opposite the Baden-Clay residence, said she heard ‘a sharp yell-out’ from their house on the night before Allison went missing +21
Kim and Julie Ann Tzvetkoff are seen leaving court on Thursday. Mrs Tzvetkoff, who lived opposite the Baden-Clay residence, said she heard ‘a sharp yell-out’ from their house on the night before Allison went missing
Steve Courtrney, who gave evidence in the trial of Gerard Baden-Clay, leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday +21
Neighbour Susan Braun leaves the Supreme Court after giving evidence +21
Steve Courtney (left), who gave evidence in the trial of Gerard Baden-Clay, leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday. Susan Braun, who lived on the same street as the Baden-Clays, also gave evidence
MAN WHO LIVED NEAR KHOLO CREEK HEARD MUMBLING IN EARLY HOURS
Brian Mason, who lived at Anstead around 600 to 700m from Kholo Creek, said in the early hours of the morning on April 20, 2012 he had to quieten his barking German Shepherd bitch and had heard other dogs howling, as well as mumbled voices.
‘The dogs started howling,’ he said.
‘I woke up around 12.30 to 1am.
‘I had to get up to try and shut the dog up… once she’d quietened down… I heard other dogs barking.
‘I heard some voices or a voice.’
Mr Mason described the voice as ‘mumbling’.
Susan Braun, a neighbour who lived in the same street as the Baden-Clays said on the night of April 19, 2012 she twice heard the sound of someone calling out which woke her up ‘with a fright’.
From left, Gerard Baden-Clay’s parents Elaine and Nigel and the accused’s sister Olivia Walton and husband Ian arrive at court on Thursday +21
From left, Gerard Baden-Clay’s parents Elaine and Nigel and the accused’s sister Olivia Walton and husband Ian arrive at court on Thursday
Allison Baden-Clay’s brother Ashley Dickie (right) exits the Supreme Court during a break in proceedings in Brisbane on Thursday +21
Allison Baden-Clay’s brother Ashley Dickie (right) exits the Supreme Court during a break in proceedings in Brisbane on Thursday
Mrs Braun said she heard ‘a loud human noise’ sometime after 11.30pm, ‘what sounded like someone calling out’ and she couldn’t tell if the voice was make or female.
Neighbour Julie Ann Tzvetkoff who lived opposite the Baden-Clay residence said she heard ‘a sharp yell-out’ from the residence between 8 and 9pm on April 19, 2012.
‘It was … like an urgent yell out which lasted a few seconds, ‘ she said.
Her husband Kim Tzvetkoff told the court he heard a woman’s startled exclamation which was cut short from the Baden-Clay house sometime between 7.30 and 9pm on that evening.
‘I can’t describe it as a scream, more a startled cut short exclamation. It didn’t last very long.
‘It was an abrupt cut short of thing.
‘I believe it was a female voice – very loud.’
Mr Tzvetkoff said that following the sound he and his wife had ‘both looked at each other and I said, “what was that?”.’
43-year-old mother of three Allison Baden-Clay +21
She loved to dance: Yhe jury in the murder trial of Gerard Baden-Clay at Brisbane Supreme Court has heard how the victim, former beauty queen Allison Baden-Clay was a dance teacher +21
Allison Baden-Clay, who was a keen ballet dancer as a young girl (right), had been sick before her death, according to her daughters who sobbed in caught as they recalled the day she disappeared
Steve Courtney, a man who lived at Anstead in the vicinity of Kholo Creek where Allison’s body was found on April 29, 2012 described the conditions of the creek the day before at Ugly Gully, which runs into Kholo Creek.
‘It was flowing fast, very fast. Swiftly,’ he said.
On Thursday, members of the families of both Allison Baden-Clay and her accused murderer sat in the court.
Baden-Clay sat in the dock writing notes. He was wearing a dark suit coat and trousers, and a white shirt and tie.
THE BADEN-CLAYS’ YOUNGEST DAUGHTER TRIED TO HELP POLICE SEARCH
Earlier in the day the court was played an interview by child protection police with the Baden-Clays’ youngest daughter on the day Allison was reported missing.
The girl, then aged five years old, was filmed on April 20, 2012 sitting on the edge of a couch in her school uniform holding a purple Teletubbie toy and she offered police information to help them in their search for Allison.
In the video played in court this morning the Baden-Clays’ youngest daughter, a prep school pupil, was asked to describe her Mummy.
Allison Baden-Clay’s daughters say they last saw their mother the night before she disappeared, wearing pyjamas and watching TV with their father before they went to bed
Allison Baden-Clay’s daughters say they last saw their mother the night before she disappeared, wearing pyjamas and watching TV with their father before they went to bed
‘She has long hair. She has brown hair.’
Asked what had happened to her mother that morning, the girl said, ‘She went out and stayed out. She was walking for a long time and we think she’s twisted her ankle.
‘I think so because she stayed out for so long.’
In the court, dressed in a suit and tie, Baden-Clay watched his daughter play with the Teletubbie and swing her feet as she was interviewed by two male detectives.
The girl said she’d eaten mince for dinner and that her favourite TV show was Peppa Pig and that when she had got up in the morning, ‘Mummy was gone. Daddy I think said Mummy went off for a walk.’
(L-R): Gerard Baden-Clay’s mother, Elaine Baden-Clay, his brother-in-law Ian Walton and wife Olivia Walton pictured outside court on day two of the murder trial in Brisbane +21
(L-R): Gerard Baden-Clay’s mother, Elaine Baden-Clay, his brother-in-law Ian Walton and wife Olivia Walton pictured outside court on day two of the murder trial in Brisbane
Peter Shields, solicitor for Gerard Baden-Clay pictured outside court +21
Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay on their wedding day +21
Gerard Baden-Clay’s solicitor, Peter Shields, pictured outside court on day two of the trial (left); Baden-Clay and Allison on their wedding day (right)
She said she thought her Mum had twisted her ankle ‘because she’s taken a long walk [and] because I didn’t get to see her at all.
‘Only Dad knows where she goes.
‘Dad doesn’t know where she went today.’
The girl said when she woke up she watched TV with her two sisters and then a search was made for their mother.
‘We saw that Mum was gone and we searched for a while … everybody was searching for Mum.
‘Mum was gone. Dad said she’d gone for a walk.’
The girl said her father had made their lunches and was in his ‘work uniform’ and then the girls had been driven to school by their Aunt Livvy (Olivia Walton, Gerard Baden-Clay’s sister).
BADEN-CLAYS’ ELDEST CHILD SAID ALLISON WENT FOR WALKS ‘EVERY MORNING’
Detectives interviewing two eldest daughters on June 27 – just over eight weeks after their mother’s body was found on the banks of Kholo Creek – asked them questions about the family cars, whether their parents had ever sat in the boot of Allison Baden-Clay’s Holden Captiva, as well as injuries and allergies among family members.
They also asked what side of the bed their mother slept on, what Daddy wore to bed and who made the beds.
The police were also interested in what noises the girls heard on the night before the disappearance, the sound of car movements and whether ‘Mummy and Daddy argued’.
Both daughters said they’d heard no noises or cars and the younger girl said she didn’t know if her parents argued.
A police interview with the Baden-Clays’ eldest child made on June 27, 2012 – almost two months after Allison’s body was found – was played to the court.
Allison’s badly decomposed body was found on a bank near a bridge on Brisbane’s Kholo Creek +21
Allison’s badly decomposed body was found on a bank near a bridge on Brisbane’s Kholo Creek
Scene pictures submitted in court capture detectives gathering near the place where Allison’s body was discovered +21
Scene pictures submitted in court capture detectives gathering near the place where Allison’s body was discovered
The ten-year-old sat relaxed and smiling on a couch in an interview room. She wore a pair of jeans, a dark green jacket and was wearing new shoes from a recent shopping spree.
Asked what she could remember about the day her mother went missing, she said, ‘Dad he was trying to be confident for us, except you could see he was worried. He was calling people … to drive around and search the area and he called police’.
She said the only sounds she heard the night before apart from her mother watching TV was her father ‘walking down the stairs from the garage’.
‘He went to get something from the downstairs fridge, ‘ she said.
The girl said her mother went for walks ‘probably every morning’ and took her plain white iPhone 3.
Allison’s phone has never been recovered.
The daughter described the family cars – a white eight-seater Prada nicknamed ‘Snowy’ and a seven-seat silver Captiva called ‘Sparky’.
Allison’s body was discovered by a kayaker on April 30, 2012, 10 days after she was reported missing +21
Allison’s body was discovered by a kayaker on April 30, 2012, 10 days after she was reported missing
The girl was asked who sat in the back of the Captiva, and was shown a picture of toys in the back of the vehicle.
Earlier in the trial, Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller QC had shown the photograph of the toys in the car in which police had identified the blood of Allison Baden-Clay.
Asked whether Mummy or Daddy had ever sat in the boot of the vehicle, the girl laughed and said ‘No’.
An interview conducted on June 27, 2012 with the middle Baden-Clay daughter, then aged eight, was played to the court.
In the interview the little girl looked smiling and relaxed in marked comparison with her tearful interview the day her mother disappeared.
Clutching her left knee in her hands, she answered questions about the family cars, saying, ‘ Daddy drives Snowy and Mum used to drive Sparky’ before correcting herself to say, ‘I don’t know, I forgot’
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