Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation hampered by delays in forensics


UPDATE A NEW THREAD HAS BEEN STARTED HERE FOLKS

Previous threads can be found using the links below

Original First Post (26/04/12) here

Second updated Post (14/05/12)  here

Third Updated Post  (17/05/12) here

Fourth Updated Post (20th may 2012) here

Fifth Updated Post  (23/05/12) here

News has been scarce folks, but here is the latest, and a fresh start for new comments…

update 9.30am 27/05/12

Gerard Baden-Clay and his father, Nigel Baden-Clay, embrace yesterday while his mother Elaine looks on

THE future of Gerard Baden-Clay’s troubled real estate agency is uncertain after his office was put up for lease and his staff left the business amid ongoing fallout from the death of his wife Allison.

Mr Baden-Clay’s large Century 21 Westside office at Taringa was offered for lease, along with naming rights to the building, through the Knight Frank property agency last week. Key sales staff have left over the past fortnight and the franchise’s website has removed references to the remaining team, listing only three homes for sale.

According to friends, Mr Baden-Clay was left with no salespeople and the business has only office and rental staff who have been assisted by his parents, Nigel and Elaine.

Mr Baden-Clay removed a trailer full of goods from the business yesterday. His lawyer declined to comment and the building’s owner could not be contacted.

Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey said he was waiting to learn the fate of the Westside franchise but Mr Baden-Clay was yet to seek required approvals to move.

“Because team members have left and the office has been offered for lease, all indications are he may be relocating the business,” Mr Tarbey said.

Speaking about the case for the first time, Mr Tarbey revealed that he spoke to Mr Baden-Clay “a couple of times” after his franchisee’s wife Allison disappeared: “Everybody at this point needs to be scrutinised until it is resolved. Gerard needs to be scrutinised like everybody else.”

In one conversation when police were still searching for his wife, Mr Baden-Clay reportedly told Mr Tarbey: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they have all the information they need to find Allison.” Mr Tarbey was critical of speculation online about how Mrs Baden-Clay may have died. One website, he said, had published thousands of comments, including unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory posts.

“People on blogs are saying some horrible things which is impacting on many people,” Mr Tarbey said.

He said Mr Baden-Clay’s affair with former staffer Toni McHugh – revealed in last week’s Sunday Mail as central to investigations – was at odds with the way he was viewed within the franchise network.

Police investigating the case from a major incident room at Indooroopilly are awaiting toxicology results due back within a week.

UPDATE 4.10PM 26/05/12

THERE are no delays in forensic tests being run in one of Queensland’s biggest murder cases, Queensland Health says.

Senior director of Forensic and Scientific Services, Greg Shaw, says forensic examinations in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation have been given the highest priority.

The announcement comes after The Courier-Mail today reported lengthy delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.
However, Mr Shaw said he expects to have final toxicology results within “the next week”. Hopefully that will rubber-stamp the arrest warrants

“Queensland Health understands the importance of closure for the family of the deceased and is treating this case with priority.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”  freedom is such an over rated thing until you do not have your own, enjoy your weekend killer(s)

The Murder Investigation of Allison Baden-Clay (and others I imagine) is being hampered by delays in forensic testing.Not good enough in 2012…

LENGTHY delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

As family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay still await details of her murder and the cause of death, the State Government says it will look at ways of fast-tracking the process.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”

The Baden-Clay murder

4WD clue in Baden-Clay murder hunt

Allison Baden-Clay’s funeral

Police visit husband as hunt continues

Body confirmed as Allison Baden-Clay

Mr Atkinson again appealed to the public for any information about Mrs Baden-Clay’s disappearance from her Brookfield home on April 20 and discovery of her body at Kholo Creek crossing in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

For friends and family of Mrs Baden-Clay, the wait for justice is weighing them down.

Her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie said they wanted closure and were grateful for support from police, emergency officers and community.

“It is with broken hearts that we write to thank the many hundreds of people who have supported us throughout the last five weeks as our world changed forever,” the family said in a statement.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there had been constant problems with backlogs during the past 20 years at the John Tonge Centre – the mortuary for Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services – and other facilities where testing takes place outside of Queensland.

“Time frames are enormous. In the past, it’s been years,” he said.

“A lot of that has been because money is being used in other areas and that’s what we’re all about, making sure the pointy end of policing is resourced properly.”

Police Union president Ian Leavers said delays by Queensland Health in forensic testing of vital evidence could hamper investigations.

“I’ve seen cases where forensic testing analysis has taken over a year between when police have sent off evidence to be analysed and when results arrive back,” he said.

“Clearly it’s not the fault of the scientists charged with administering the forensic and DNA tests as they’re working as fast as they can. However, there’s simply not enough of them to meet the demand.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Mrs Baden-Clay can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

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Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation hampered by delays in forensics


UPDATE A NEW THREAD HAS BEEN STARTED HERE FOLKS

Previous threads can be found using the links below

Original First Post (26/04/12) here

Second updated Post (14/05/12)  here

Third Updated Post  (17/05/12) here

Fourth Updated Post (20th may 2012) here

Fifth Updated Post  (23/05/12) here

News has been scarce folks, but here is the latest, and a fresh start for new comments…

update 9.30am 27/05/12

Gerard Baden-Clay and his father, Nigel Baden-Clay, embrace yesterday while his mother Elaine looks on

THE future of Gerard Baden-Clay’s troubled real estate agency is uncertain after his office was put up for lease and his staff left the business amid ongoing fallout from the death of his wife Allison.

Mr Baden-Clay’s large Century 21 Westside office at Taringa was offered for lease, along with naming rights to the building, through the Knight Frank property agency last week. Key sales staff have left over the past fortnight and the franchise’s website has removed references to the remaining team, listing only three homes for sale.

According to friends, Mr Baden-Clay was left with no salespeople and the business has only office and rental staff who have been assisted by his parents, Nigel and Elaine.

Mr Baden-Clay removed a trailer full of goods from the business yesterday. His lawyer declined to comment and the building’s owner could not be contacted.

Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey said he was waiting to learn the fate of the Westside franchise but Mr Baden-Clay was yet to seek required approvals to move.

“Because team members have left and the office has been offered for lease, all indications are he may be relocating the business,” Mr Tarbey said.

Speaking about the case for the first time, Mr Tarbey revealed that he spoke to Mr Baden-Clay “a couple of times” after his franchisee’s wife Allison disappeared: “Everybody at this point needs to be scrutinised until it is resolved. Gerard needs to be scrutinised like everybody else.”

In one conversation when police were still searching for his wife, Mr Baden-Clay reportedly told Mr Tarbey: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they have all the information they need to find Allison.” Mr Tarbey was critical of speculation online about how Mrs Baden-Clay may have died. One website, he said, had published thousands of comments, including unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory posts.

“People on blogs are saying some horrible things which is impacting on many people,” Mr Tarbey said.

He said Mr Baden-Clay’s affair with former staffer Toni McHugh – revealed in last week’s Sunday Mail as central to investigations – was at odds with the way he was viewed within the franchise network.

Police investigating the case from a major incident room at Indooroopilly are awaiting toxicology results due back within a week.

UPDATE 4.10PM 26/05/12

THERE are no delays in forensic tests being run in one of Queensland’s biggest murder cases, Queensland Health says.

Senior director of Forensic and Scientific Services, Greg Shaw, says forensic examinations in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation have been given the highest priority.

The announcement comes after The Courier-Mail today reported lengthy delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.
However, Mr Shaw said he expects to have final toxicology results within “the next week”. Hopefully that will rubber-stamp the arrest warrants

“Queensland Health understands the importance of closure for the family of the deceased and is treating this case with priority.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”  freedom is such an over rated thing until you do not have your own, enjoy your weekend killer(s)

The Murder Investigation of Allison Baden-Clay (and others I imagine) is being hampered by delays in forensic testing.Not good enough in 2012…

LENGTHY delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

As family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay still await details of her murder and the cause of death, the State Government says it will look at ways of fast-tracking the process.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”

The Baden-Clay murder

4WD clue in Baden-Clay murder hunt

Allison Baden-Clay’s funeral

Police visit husband as hunt continues

Body confirmed as Allison Baden-Clay

Mr Atkinson again appealed to the public for any information about Mrs Baden-Clay’s disappearance from her Brookfield home on April 20 and discovery of her body at Kholo Creek crossing in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

For friends and family of Mrs Baden-Clay, the wait for justice is weighing them down.

Her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie said they wanted closure and were grateful for support from police, emergency officers and community.

“It is with broken hearts that we write to thank the many hundreds of people who have supported us throughout the last five weeks as our world changed forever,” the family said in a statement.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there had been constant problems with backlogs during the past 20 years at the John Tonge Centre – the mortuary for Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services – and other facilities where testing takes place outside of Queensland.

“Time frames are enormous. In the past, it’s been years,” he said.

“A lot of that has been because money is being used in other areas and that’s what we’re all about, making sure the pointy end of policing is resourced properly.”

Police Union president Ian Leavers said delays by Queensland Health in forensic testing of vital evidence could hamper investigations.

“I’ve seen cases where forensic testing analysis has taken over a year between when police have sent off evidence to be analysed and when results arrive back,” he said.

“Clearly it’s not the fault of the scientists charged with administering the forensic and DNA tests as they’re working as fast as they can. However, there’s simply not enough of them to meet the demand.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Mrs Baden-Clay can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation hampered by delays in forensics


UPDATE A NEW THREAD HAS BEEN STARTED HERE FOLKS

Previous threads can be found using the links below

Original First Post (26/04/12) here

Second updated Post (14/05/12)  here

Third Updated Post  (17/05/12) here

Fourth Updated Post (20th may 2012) here

Fifth Updated Post  (23/05/12) here

News has been scarce folks, but here is the latest, and a fresh start for new comments…

update 9.30am 27/05/12

Gerard Baden-Clay and his father, Nigel Baden-Clay, embrace yesterday while his mother Elaine looks on

THE future of Gerard Baden-Clay’s troubled real estate agency is uncertain after his office was put up for lease and his staff left the business amid ongoing fallout from the death of his wife Allison.

Mr Baden-Clay’s large Century 21 Westside office at Taringa was offered for lease, along with naming rights to the building, through the Knight Frank property agency last week. Key sales staff have left over the past fortnight and the franchise’s website has removed references to the remaining team, listing only three homes for sale.

According to friends, Mr Baden-Clay was left with no salespeople and the business has only office and rental staff who have been assisted by his parents, Nigel and Elaine.

Mr Baden-Clay removed a trailer full of goods from the business yesterday. His lawyer declined to comment and the building’s owner could not be contacted.

Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey said he was waiting to learn the fate of the Westside franchise but Mr Baden-Clay was yet to seek required approvals to move.

“Because team members have left and the office has been offered for lease, all indications are he may be relocating the business,” Mr Tarbey said.

Speaking about the case for the first time, Mr Tarbey revealed that he spoke to Mr Baden-Clay “a couple of times” after his franchisee’s wife Allison disappeared: “Everybody at this point needs to be scrutinised until it is resolved. Gerard needs to be scrutinised like everybody else.”

In one conversation when police were still searching for his wife, Mr Baden-Clay reportedly told Mr Tarbey: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they have all the information they need to find Allison.” Mr Tarbey was critical of speculation online about how Mrs Baden-Clay may have died. One website, he said, had published thousands of comments, including unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory posts.

“People on blogs are saying some horrible things which is impacting on many people,” Mr Tarbey said.

He said Mr Baden-Clay’s affair with former staffer Toni McHugh – revealed in last week’s Sunday Mail as central to investigations – was at odds with the way he was viewed within the franchise network.

Police investigating the case from a major incident room at Indooroopilly are awaiting toxicology results due back within a week.

UPDATE 4.10PM 26/05/12

THERE are no delays in forensic tests being run in one of Queensland’s biggest murder cases, Queensland Health says.

Senior director of Forensic and Scientific Services, Greg Shaw, says forensic examinations in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation have been given the highest priority.

The announcement comes after The Courier-Mail today reported lengthy delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.
However, Mr Shaw said he expects to have final toxicology results within “the next week”. Hopefully that will rubber-stamp the arrest warrants

“Queensland Health understands the importance of closure for the family of the deceased and is treating this case with priority.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”  freedom is such an over rated thing until you do not have your own, enjoy your weekend killer(s)

The Murder Investigation of Allison Baden-Clay (and others I imagine) is being hampered by delays in forensic testing.Not good enough in 2012…

LENGTHY delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

As family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay still await details of her murder and the cause of death, the State Government says it will look at ways of fast-tracking the process.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”

The Baden-Clay murder

4WD clue in Baden-Clay murder hunt

Allison Baden-Clay’s funeral

Police visit husband as hunt continues

Body confirmed as Allison Baden-Clay

Mr Atkinson again appealed to the public for any information about Mrs Baden-Clay’s disappearance from her Brookfield home on April 20 and discovery of her body at Kholo Creek crossing in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

For friends and family of Mrs Baden-Clay, the wait for justice is weighing them down.

Her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie said they wanted closure and were grateful for support from police, emergency officers and community.

“It is with broken hearts that we write to thank the many hundreds of people who have supported us throughout the last five weeks as our world changed forever,” the family said in a statement.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there had been constant problems with backlogs during the past 20 years at the John Tonge Centre – the mortuary for Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services – and other facilities where testing takes place outside of Queensland.

“Time frames are enormous. In the past, it’s been years,” he said.

“A lot of that has been because money is being used in other areas and that’s what we’re all about, making sure the pointy end of policing is resourced properly.”

Police Union president Ian Leavers said delays by Queensland Health in forensic testing of vital evidence could hamper investigations.

“I’ve seen cases where forensic testing analysis has taken over a year between when police have sent off evidence to be analysed and when results arrive back,” he said.

“Clearly it’s not the fault of the scientists charged with administering the forensic and DNA tests as they’re working as fast as they can. However, there’s simply not enough of them to meet the demand.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Mrs Baden-Clay can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation hampered by delays in forensics


UPDATE A NEW THREAD HAS BEEN STARTED HERE FOLKS

Previous threads can be found using the links below

Original First Post (26/04/12) here

Second updated Post (14/05/12)  here

Third Updated Post  (17/05/12) here

Fourth Updated Post (20th may 2012) here

Fifth Updated Post  (23/05/12) here

News has been scarce folks, but here is the latest, and a fresh start for new comments…

update 9.30am 27/05/12

Gerard Baden-Clay and his father, Nigel Baden-Clay, embrace yesterday while his mother Elaine looks on

THE future of Gerard Baden-Clay’s troubled real estate agency is uncertain after his office was put up for lease and his staff left the business amid ongoing fallout from the death of his wife Allison.

Mr Baden-Clay’s large Century 21 Westside office at Taringa was offered for lease, along with naming rights to the building, through the Knight Frank property agency last week. Key sales staff have left over the past fortnight and the franchise’s website has removed references to the remaining team, listing only three homes for sale.

According to friends, Mr Baden-Clay was left with no salespeople and the business has only office and rental staff who have been assisted by his parents, Nigel and Elaine.

Mr Baden-Clay removed a trailer full of goods from the business yesterday. His lawyer declined to comment and the building’s owner could not be contacted.

Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey said he was waiting to learn the fate of the Westside franchise but Mr Baden-Clay was yet to seek required approvals to move.

“Because team members have left and the office has been offered for lease, all indications are he may be relocating the business,” Mr Tarbey said.

Speaking about the case for the first time, Mr Tarbey revealed that he spoke to Mr Baden-Clay “a couple of times” after his franchisee’s wife Allison disappeared: “Everybody at this point needs to be scrutinised until it is resolved. Gerard needs to be scrutinised like everybody else.”

In one conversation when police were still searching for his wife, Mr Baden-Clay reportedly told Mr Tarbey: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they have all the information they need to find Allison.” Mr Tarbey was critical of speculation online about how Mrs Baden-Clay may have died. One website, he said, had published thousands of comments, including unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory posts.

“People on blogs are saying some horrible things which is impacting on many people,” Mr Tarbey said.

He said Mr Baden-Clay’s affair with former staffer Toni McHugh – revealed in last week’s Sunday Mail as central to investigations – was at odds with the way he was viewed within the franchise network.

Police investigating the case from a major incident room at Indooroopilly are awaiting toxicology results due back within a week.

UPDATE 4.10PM 26/05/12

THERE are no delays in forensic tests being run in one of Queensland’s biggest murder cases, Queensland Health says.

Senior director of Forensic and Scientific Services, Greg Shaw, says forensic examinations in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation have been given the highest priority.

The announcement comes after The Courier-Mail today reported lengthy delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.
However, Mr Shaw said he expects to have final toxicology results within “the next week”. Hopefully that will rubber-stamp the arrest warrants

“Queensland Health understands the importance of closure for the family of the deceased and is treating this case with priority.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”  freedom is such an over rated thing until you do not have your own, enjoy your weekend killer(s)

The Murder Investigation of Allison Baden-Clay (and others I imagine) is being hampered by delays in forensic testing.Not good enough in 2012…

LENGTHY delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

As family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay still await details of her murder and the cause of death, the State Government says it will look at ways of fast-tracking the process.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”

The Baden-Clay murder

4WD clue in Baden-Clay murder hunt

Allison Baden-Clay’s funeral

Police visit husband as hunt continues

Body confirmed as Allison Baden-Clay

Mr Atkinson again appealed to the public for any information about Mrs Baden-Clay’s disappearance from her Brookfield home on April 20 and discovery of her body at Kholo Creek crossing in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

For friends and family of Mrs Baden-Clay, the wait for justice is weighing them down.

Her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie said they wanted closure and were grateful for support from police, emergency officers and community.

“It is with broken hearts that we write to thank the many hundreds of people who have supported us throughout the last five weeks as our world changed forever,” the family said in a statement.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there had been constant problems with backlogs during the past 20 years at the John Tonge Centre – the mortuary for Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services – and other facilities where testing takes place outside of Queensland.

“Time frames are enormous. In the past, it’s been years,” he said.

“A lot of that has been because money is being used in other areas and that’s what we’re all about, making sure the pointy end of policing is resourced properly.”

Police Union president Ian Leavers said delays by Queensland Health in forensic testing of vital evidence could hamper investigations.

“I’ve seen cases where forensic testing analysis has taken over a year between when police have sent off evidence to be analysed and when results arrive back,” he said.

“Clearly it’s not the fault of the scientists charged with administering the forensic and DNA tests as they’re working as fast as they can. However, there’s simply not enough of them to meet the demand.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Mrs Baden-Clay can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation hampered by delays in forensics


UPDATE A NEW THREAD HAS BEEN STARTED HERE FOLKS

Previous threads can be found using the links below

Original First Post (26/04/12) here

Second updated Post (14/05/12)  here

Third Updated Post  (17/05/12) here

Fourth Updated Post (20th may 2012) here

Fifth Updated Post  (23/05/12) here

News has been scarce folks, but here is the latest, and a fresh start for new comments…

update 9.30am 27/05/12

Gerard Baden-Clay and his father, Nigel Baden-Clay, embrace yesterday while his mother Elaine looks on

THE future of Gerard Baden-Clay’s troubled real estate agency is uncertain after his office was put up for lease and his staff left the business amid ongoing fallout from the death of his wife Allison.

Mr Baden-Clay’s large Century 21 Westside office at Taringa was offered for lease, along with naming rights to the building, through the Knight Frank property agency last week. Key sales staff have left over the past fortnight and the franchise’s website has removed references to the remaining team, listing only three homes for sale.

According to friends, Mr Baden-Clay was left with no salespeople and the business has only office and rental staff who have been assisted by his parents, Nigel and Elaine.

Mr Baden-Clay removed a trailer full of goods from the business yesterday. His lawyer declined to comment and the building’s owner could not be contacted.

Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey said he was waiting to learn the fate of the Westside franchise but Mr Baden-Clay was yet to seek required approvals to move.

“Because team members have left and the office has been offered for lease, all indications are he may be relocating the business,” Mr Tarbey said.

Speaking about the case for the first time, Mr Tarbey revealed that he spoke to Mr Baden-Clay “a couple of times” after his franchisee’s wife Allison disappeared: “Everybody at this point needs to be scrutinised until it is resolved. Gerard needs to be scrutinised like everybody else.”

In one conversation when police were still searching for his wife, Mr Baden-Clay reportedly told Mr Tarbey: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they have all the information they need to find Allison.” Mr Tarbey was critical of speculation online about how Mrs Baden-Clay may have died. One website, he said, had published thousands of comments, including unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory posts.

“People on blogs are saying some horrible things which is impacting on many people,” Mr Tarbey said.

He said Mr Baden-Clay’s affair with former staffer Toni McHugh – revealed in last week’s Sunday Mail as central to investigations – was at odds with the way he was viewed within the franchise network.

Police investigating the case from a major incident room at Indooroopilly are awaiting toxicology results due back within a week.

UPDATE 4.10PM 26/05/12

THERE are no delays in forensic tests being run in one of Queensland’s biggest murder cases, Queensland Health says.

Senior director of Forensic and Scientific Services, Greg Shaw, says forensic examinations in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation have been given the highest priority.

The announcement comes after The Courier-Mail today reported lengthy delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.
However, Mr Shaw said he expects to have final toxicology results within “the next week”. Hopefully that will rubber-stamp the arrest warrants

“Queensland Health understands the importance of closure for the family of the deceased and is treating this case with priority.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”  freedom is such an over rated thing until you do not have your own, enjoy your weekend killer(s)

The Murder Investigation of Allison Baden-Clay (and others I imagine) is being hampered by delays in forensic testing.Not good enough in 2012…

LENGTHY delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

As family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay still await details of her murder and the cause of death, the State Government says it will look at ways of fast-tracking the process.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”

The Baden-Clay murder

4WD clue in Baden-Clay murder hunt

Allison Baden-Clay’s funeral

Police visit husband as hunt continues

Body confirmed as Allison Baden-Clay

Mr Atkinson again appealed to the public for any information about Mrs Baden-Clay’s disappearance from her Brookfield home on April 20 and discovery of her body at Kholo Creek crossing in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

For friends and family of Mrs Baden-Clay, the wait for justice is weighing them down.

Her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie said they wanted closure and were grateful for support from police, emergency officers and community.

“It is with broken hearts that we write to thank the many hundreds of people who have supported us throughout the last five weeks as our world changed forever,” the family said in a statement.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there had been constant problems with backlogs during the past 20 years at the John Tonge Centre – the mortuary for Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services – and other facilities where testing takes place outside of Queensland.

“Time frames are enormous. In the past, it’s been years,” he said.

“A lot of that has been because money is being used in other areas and that’s what we’re all about, making sure the pointy end of policing is resourced properly.”

Police Union president Ian Leavers said delays by Queensland Health in forensic testing of vital evidence could hamper investigations.

“I’ve seen cases where forensic testing analysis has taken over a year between when police have sent off evidence to be analysed and when results arrive back,” he said.

“Clearly it’s not the fault of the scientists charged with administering the forensic and DNA tests as they’re working as fast as they can. However, there’s simply not enough of them to meet the demand.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Mrs Baden-Clay can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation hampered by delays in forensics


UPDATE A NEW THREAD HAS BEEN STARTED HERE FOLKS

Previous threads can be found using the links below

Original First Post (26/04/12) here

Second updated Post (14/05/12)  here

Third Updated Post  (17/05/12) here

Fourth Updated Post (20th may 2012) here

Fifth Updated Post  (23/05/12) here

News has been scarce folks, but here is the latest, and a fresh start for new comments…

update 9.30am 27/05/12

Gerard Baden-Clay and his father, Nigel Baden-Clay, embrace yesterday while his mother Elaine looks on

THE future of Gerard Baden-Clay’s troubled real estate agency is uncertain after his office was put up for lease and his staff left the business amid ongoing fallout from the death of his wife Allison.

Mr Baden-Clay’s large Century 21 Westside office at Taringa was offered for lease, along with naming rights to the building, through the Knight Frank property agency last week. Key sales staff have left over the past fortnight and the franchise’s website has removed references to the remaining team, listing only three homes for sale.

According to friends, Mr Baden-Clay was left with no salespeople and the business has only office and rental staff who have been assisted by his parents, Nigel and Elaine.

Mr Baden-Clay removed a trailer full of goods from the business yesterday. His lawyer declined to comment and the building’s owner could not be contacted.

Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey said he was waiting to learn the fate of the Westside franchise but Mr Baden-Clay was yet to seek required approvals to move.

“Because team members have left and the office has been offered for lease, all indications are he may be relocating the business,” Mr Tarbey said.

Speaking about the case for the first time, Mr Tarbey revealed that he spoke to Mr Baden-Clay “a couple of times” after his franchisee’s wife Allison disappeared: “Everybody at this point needs to be scrutinised until it is resolved. Gerard needs to be scrutinised like everybody else.”

In one conversation when police were still searching for his wife, Mr Baden-Clay reportedly told Mr Tarbey: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they have all the information they need to find Allison.” Mr Tarbey was critical of speculation online about how Mrs Baden-Clay may have died. One website, he said, had published thousands of comments, including unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory posts.

“People on blogs are saying some horrible things which is impacting on many people,” Mr Tarbey said.

He said Mr Baden-Clay’s affair with former staffer Toni McHugh – revealed in last week’s Sunday Mail as central to investigations – was at odds with the way he was viewed within the franchise network.

Police investigating the case from a major incident room at Indooroopilly are awaiting toxicology results due back within a week.

UPDATE 4.10PM 26/05/12

THERE are no delays in forensic tests being run in one of Queensland’s biggest murder cases, Queensland Health says.

Senior director of Forensic and Scientific Services, Greg Shaw, says forensic examinations in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation have been given the highest priority.

The announcement comes after The Courier-Mail today reported lengthy delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.
However, Mr Shaw said he expects to have final toxicology results within “the next week”. Hopefully that will rubber-stamp the arrest warrants

“Queensland Health understands the importance of closure for the family of the deceased and is treating this case with priority.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”  freedom is such an over rated thing until you do not have your own, enjoy your weekend killer(s)

The Murder Investigation of Allison Baden-Clay (and others I imagine) is being hampered by delays in forensic testing.Not good enough in 2012…

LENGTHY delays in forensic test results are compromising police investigations, prompting a push for better resources and a cut in red tape.

As family and friends of Allison Baden-Clay still await details of her murder and the cause of death, the State Government says it will look at ways of fast-tracking the process.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday they were yet to receive toxicology results following the post-mortem examination of the 43-year-old mother of three.

“We will, as is our tradition, just keep the efforts going and will never give up,” he said.

“We haven’t had a breakthrough as yet, but that breakthrough is only one piece of information away.”

The Baden-Clay murder

4WD clue in Baden-Clay murder hunt

Allison Baden-Clay’s funeral

Police visit husband as hunt continues

Body confirmed as Allison Baden-Clay

Mr Atkinson again appealed to the public for any information about Mrs Baden-Clay’s disappearance from her Brookfield home on April 20 and discovery of her body at Kholo Creek crossing in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

For friends and family of Mrs Baden-Clay, the wait for justice is weighing them down.

Her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie said they wanted closure and were grateful for support from police, emergency officers and community.

“It is with broken hearts that we write to thank the many hundreds of people who have supported us throughout the last five weeks as our world changed forever,” the family said in a statement.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there had been constant problems with backlogs during the past 20 years at the John Tonge Centre – the mortuary for Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services – and other facilities where testing takes place outside of Queensland.

“Time frames are enormous. In the past, it’s been years,” he said.

“A lot of that has been because money is being used in other areas and that’s what we’re all about, making sure the pointy end of policing is resourced properly.”

Police Union president Ian Leavers said delays by Queensland Health in forensic testing of vital evidence could hamper investigations.

“I’ve seen cases where forensic testing analysis has taken over a year between when police have sent off evidence to be analysed and when results arrive back,” he said.

“Clearly it’s not the fault of the scientists charged with administering the forensic and DNA tests as they’re working as fast as they can. However, there’s simply not enough of them to meet the demand.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Mrs Baden-Clay can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

JOEL Morehu Barlow-Where’s our 16 million dollars? UPDATES


UPDATE 27/04/12 It is a real look into the huge ego of this thief and fraudster, looking into the inventory of his waterside home, to see what status meant to this dickhead. Louis Vuitton is apparently a posh brand that costs a few hundred times more than the normal consumer product for what seems not much more the the tag…

He lived and breathed Louis Vuitton, along with the very best champagnes, cognacs, cigars and other bullshit status seeking brands…

The real treasures of a Kiwi’s fake Tahitian prince

MARISSA CALLIGEROS

26/04/2012

Such was his commitment to living the high-life as a Tahitian prince, alleged Queensland Health fraudster Hohepa Morehu-Barlow carried with him an iPod engraved with the moniker “HRH“.

The 36-year-old fallen Brisbane socialite, originally from Thames in New Zealand, funded an extravagant lifestyle, while claiming to be Tahitian royalty, with millions of dollars he allegedly fleeced from Queensland Health, where he was employed as a fund manager.

Mr Morehu-Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, now spends his days behind bars on remand after being charged with defrauding the government of more than A$16 million (NZ$21m) in public funds.

An audit of his property, filed in the Supreme Court last week, details the treasure-trove of designer garments, jewellery, artwork, wine, champagne and a bizarre collection of bric-a-brac Mr Morehu-Barlow accumulated before his arrest late last year.

Included in the 29-page catalogue of property seized from Mr Morehu-Barlow’s luxurious waterfront apartment at Moray Street, New Farm, is a leather wallet embossed with “HRH”, as well as the silver iPod engraved with the same title for His Royal Highness.

He also owned a key ring emblazoned with the words “High Roller Las Vegas”.

Mr Morehu-Barlow owned 22 sets of rosary beads, complete with amber, gold and silver crosses, two Bibles, including a boxed small Devocionario Bible, and three crucifixes.

Among Mr Morehu-Barlow’s underwear, police found what they described as a “leather thong with ‘Mary’ cross on back”.

The catalogue shows Mr Morehu-Barlow owned 98 business shirts, including 18 from Heringbone Sydney and 15 from Louis Vuitton.

He also owned 58 ties, including 28 from Louis Vuitton, 87 T-shirts and 17 pairs of jeans, as well as 36 pairs of designer sunglasses.

Police went from room to room of Mr Morehu-Barlow’s waterfront apartment after his arrest, recording all his belongings.

In his wardrobe, detectives found 30 pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes, including sports shoes, business shoes and ankle boots.

He also owned one Hermes leather saddle and a Ralph Lauren ice bucket.

Mr Morehu-Barlow also had 19 Louis Vuitton scarves and 18 Louis Vuitton suit bags.

He had two Louis Vuitton humidors and two Creedo Precision humidors – one opened and one unopened – and seven Davidoff Doubler cigars.

He also invested in works by celebrated Australian painters Arthur Boyd and Brett Whiteley.

Among his prized possessions was a book commemorating the 2010 Australian tour of late songstress Whitney Houston and the 1985 album We Are The World.

The Public Trustee of Queensland was last week given the green light to sell assets seized from the alleged fraudster.

Mr Morehu-Barlow has previously consented to his personal property being sold in order to reduce any future court-imposed restitution order.

He was arrested last year after allegedly transferring $11 million from a Queensland Health account to a Commonwealth Bank businesses account registered in his name on November 17, and is now awaiting trial.

Items already approved for sale by the Public Trustee included Mr Morehu-Barlow’s $5.6 million apartment, a 2009 black Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, a 2007 black Audi A4 sedan, two 2012 Sea Doo jetskis worth $25,900 and $16,400, and one baby grand piano.

Property catalogue

An excerpt from the 29-page catalogue of the items the state government has seized from accused Queensland Health fraudster Hohepa Morehu-Barlow.

Clothing

98 business shirts: Heringbone Sydney (18), Louis Vuitton (15), Mateo Di Rota (8), Marcs (7), Rhodes and Beckett (6), Tom Ford (6), mixed brands (38).
87 t-shirts (various brands)
58 ties: Louis Vuitton (28)
30 pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes, including one pair of black sequined business shoes
17 jeans (various brands)
5 suits: Louis Vuitton (4), Hugo Boss (1)
3 Louis Vuitton gloves (boxed)
5 Louis Vuitton jackets
1 Louis Vuitton fur-like collar
1 Louis Vuitton dinner coat
1 Hugo Boss dinner jacket
1 Louis Vuitton windcheater
1 Louis Vuitton denim jacket
1 Louis Vuitton vest
1 Louis Vuitton leather jacket
1 Louis Vuitton bath robe

Accessories

41 scarves: Louia Vuitton (26, including one fox-fur scarf), Alexander McQueen (1), No-brand (14)
36 sunglasses: Louis Vuitton (6), Kirk (1), Marc Jacobs (9), Dolche & Gabbanna (1), Tom Ford (5), Dita (2), Chanel (1), Ray Bans (2), Gucci (3), Christian Dior, D-Squared, Issou, Porche, Carrera, and Balenciaga (1).
9 Louis Vuitton cufflinks
7 watches: Cartier (2), Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Breitling (1).
2 Louis Vuitton tie clips
1 Alexander McQueen skull cufflinks
1 Mother of Pearl opera glasses
1 Hermes wallet
1 Louis Vuitton wallet, embossed with “HRH”
1 Dolche & Gabbanna tan rabbit fur hat
1 Hermes black shawl

Artwork

Tim Storrier’s Straight Over the Plain
Jeffrey Smart’s Study for the Terrace, Variation on a Theme
Arthur Boyd’s Pulpit Rock
Dean Vella’s Flower vase, blocks on blue
Brett Whitely (1 work)
Jake Reston (5 works)

Alcohol

6L Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne
6L Dom Perignon Champagne (in metal box)
6L Krug Champagne (in wooden box)
Moet and Chandon 2003 Grand Vintage Champagne 750mL
Dom Perignon 2002 Vintage Champagne 750mL
Kauffman Private Collection Vodka
Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Neilpoorts 1983 Port
Martell L”Or Cognac 700mL (boxed)
Henessy XO Cognac 700mL
Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Sporting Memorabilia

1 signed All Blacks jersey
1 framed Queensland Reds jersey

Luggage

6 Louis Vuitton overnight bags
3 Louis Vuitton sports bags
3 Louis Vuitton satchels

Home goods

4 Louis Vuitton towels
4 Hermes blankets
2 cowskin rugs
1 Ralph Lauren ice bucket
1 Hermes ice bucket
1 Dyson vacuum cleaner with accessories

Other belongings

27 empty sunglass cases
22 sets of rosary beads
18 Louis Vuitton suit bags
9 antique wind-up robots
7 Davidoff Double cigars
4 humidors: Louis Vuitton (2), Creedo Precision 70 (2)
4 phones: iPhone (3), mobile (1)
3 Bunnings Warehouse $100 gift vouchers
1 Hermes saddle
1 64GB silver iPod engraved with “HRH Hohepa Morehu-Barlow”
1 Louis Vuitton umbrella
1 Louis Vuitton business card holder
1 Louis Vuitton laptop bag
1 Louis Vuitton iPad holder
1 leather thong with leather Mary cross on back
1 black and silver crucifix
1 Trojan tool box
1 “High Roller Las Vegas” key ring
1 Kiwi money box
1 Whitney Houston 2010 tour book
1 Diamantin and Domenicoru Italian cuckoo clock
1 blood pressure machine
1 10kg dumbbell

- Brisbane Times

 


 

JOEL Morehu-Barlow, the 36-year-old State Government executive wanted for questioning over alleged fraud-related activity, is in police custody.

I wanted to post this the other day, but I could not believe what I was hearing, this bloke has been living the best of the best life styles on a public servant salary and for some reason has been under the radar. Now Bligh is furious, maybe because she knows we know she has fucked up on this one…At a time when QLDer’s are tightening their belts left right and centre, when they are dipping into their own pockets after floods devastated the state etc. we find out pricks like Barlow are using state funds like their own piggy bank…

Now they have caught him today, and reading between the lines, he may have attempted suicide, the mess needs to be cleaned up…SAD YES…BUT how the hell does this happen over and over by these greedy bastards? Hopefully we will find out folks… What is really interesting to me is this crook has been the darling of the social scene up there for years (at 36yrs of age, GOV employee do not forget) So what where they all thinking as he paraded around in his fine threads and massive property expenditure????

HERE ARE SOME PICS FROM HIS BIG SLAP UP BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKED WITH FREE-LOADERS SEEING HE WAS FOOTING THE $130,000 BILL

Makes one wonder what these free loading party goers were thinking of their friend and or work mate spending up a huge $130,000 on a party. Did they all think he just worked a lot of overtime? Nobody asked a question in 5 years?

UPDATE 17/04/12

THE media has been excluded from attending today’s Supreme Court “examination” of so-called fake Tahitian prince Joel Morehu-Barlow over possible missing taxpayer money or assets.

Hohepa Hikairo “Joel” Morehu-Barlow, 36, was ordered to appear today to be grilled over other alleged ill-gotten gains he bought while living the high-life on Queensland taxpayers’ money.

Queensland Chief Justice Paul de Jersey earlier this month issued the “examination” order in accordance with the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002.

Morehu-Barlow is expected to be quizzed about any other property or assets that may be subject to confiscation and subsequent sell off by the government in a bid to recoup outstanding millions he is alleged to have siphoned from state coffers.

Lawyers for The Courier-Mail this morning sought permission to remain in the court and cover the proceedings.
Barrister Carla Klease, for The Courier-Mail, said: “There is a strong public interest to the media being present.”

Ms Klease said the fact Morehu-Barlow was to be examined about money belonging to Queensland taxpayers was of considerable interest to the wider public.

Solicitor Delma Osborne, for the Director of Public Prosecutions and Crime and Misconduct Commission, opposed the application, saying examinations of this nature must take place in private.

She said Morehu-Barlow, as part of the “examination”, could be ordered to answer questions that would in other jurisdictions be deemed self-incriminating.

“The examinee (Morehu-Barlow) will be forced to answer questions for which (he) could otherwise claim privilege,” Ms Osborne said.

Registrar Jane Guerin agreed with the Crown’s submission and ordered the hearing be held in a closed court.

It is understood neither Morehu-Barlow or his lawyers opposed the media attending the hearing.

Morehu-Barlow is currently in custody awaiting trial, or possible sentence hearing, for embezzling more than $16 million from Queensland Health.

The fallen socialite last appeared on March 1, when a Brisbane magistrate committed him to stand trial for the fraud in the Brisbane District Court.

A total of 39 witness statements were handed up to the court after prosecutors dropped seven charges and replaced them with a further seven.

The new charges include two counts of fraud as an employee, two counts of forgery of a valuable security, possession of hydroxybutanoic acid lactone and drugs including ecstasy and GHB.

He is also accused of uttering a forged document between July and December last year, namely a copy of a ministerial letter from MP Paul Lucas.

Two drug possession charges, including possession of steroids and drug utensils, cannot be dealt with in the higher court and were adjourned back to the Magistrates Court on June 4.

Morehu-Barlow, who had claimed to be a member of the Tahitian royal family, had been working at QH since 2005.

UPDATE 14/12/11

THE $16 million Queensland Health swindle may have been so easy to detect that it was detailed in the department’s own annual reports.

SURELY MANY MORE HEADS HAVE TO ROLL IN THIS DEBACLE? WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT SOME SMALL PANEL BEATERS BOOKEEPER SLICING OFF THE CREAM, THIS IS A MAJOR FRAUD THAT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING TO BE FOUND TRO BE CARRIED OUT BY ONE SOLITARY MID MANAGER IN A GOVERNMENT DEPARMENT. Lets not even bother with his dubious past and convictions and how he got the job in the first place…How about where the fuck are the checks and balances over 3 years when Queenslanders are being told to tighten their belts, yet at the same time commit money to all the dramas they have endured up there… (mind you we all gave money from around Australia in their time of need)

It was revealed yesterday that an entity owned by the health employee accused of orchestrating the scam received $4 million in grants.

But rather than hidden in the bowels of the department, every cent received over the past three years appears to have been printed in “funded organisations” sections of the glossy reports.

On Wednesday, Premier Anna Bligh said she was “very angry” at circumstances surrounding the alleged swindle.

“It is equally clear that an investigation last year into a complaint was not sufficiently rigorous,” Ms Bligh said. Really????

“It is also clear that some of the financial checks and balances that should be in place are either not there or not rigorous enough.”

The revelation raises fresh doubts about the effort put into an internal investigation last year about near-identical allegations.

It will also increase pressure on the Bligh Government to sack senior health officials who were left clueless about millions of dollars going missing.

Police yesterday charged 36-year-old Brisbane social scene identity Joel Morehu-Barlow with one count of defrauding Queensland Health of $11 million.

It has been alleged Morehu-Barlow scammed $16 million over about three years in his role within the department handing out grants to the non-government sector.

The case has captivated the state with details of the health system middle manager’s opulent lifestyle emerging, from a $130,000 birthday bash to him passing himself off as a Tahitian prince.

But while Premier Anna Bligh has described the scam as sophisticated, it may have been as simple as setting up an entity with a believable business name.

Business searches show Morehu-Barlow set up a sole trading entity named “Healthy Initiatives and Choices” in September 2008.

The business does not appear to have an address, telephone number or even a website.

However, Queensland Health’s last three annual reports show it was getting growing amounts of public cash.

It received $180,000 in 2008/09, $1.37 million in 2009/10 and $2.56 million in 2010/11.

Other organisations receiving donations include the Inala PCYC, Kidsafe Queensland and Beyond Blue.

Queensland Health refused to confirm or deny the grants to Healthy Initiatives and Choices were related to the $16 million swindle.

“As this is a police matter, we cannot comment,” a spokesman said.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said that, while he was unaware if the grants to Healthy Initiatives and Choices were related to the fraud investigation, it was incumbent on the Government to explain the payments.

“We are asking legitimate public administration questions about payments published in annual reports,” he said.

Joel Barlow, seems he loved spending OUR money as a Government beancounter

At 9am Monday it was confirmed that Mr Morehu-Barlow was being supervised by police inside Royal Brisbane Hospital. There was no information about his condition.

Mr Morehu-Barlow, who police have been scouring Queensland for since Thursday night, was found at an address in New Farm around 3am Monday morning.

Police said he was wanted for questioning as part of an investigation into fraudulent activity relating to a large sum of money belonging to Queensland Health.

Mr Morehu-Barlow was taken into custody when he was about to enter his luxury riverfront unit in Moray St.

Claire O’Rourke, who lives in the Moray St building next door to the luxury apartment block, said she was woken about 3am by a commotion.

Police checks miss fugitive’s past

She said it was “disconcerting” to learn Queensland’s most wanted man had been arrested just metres away.

“I woke up about 3am and the police were just coming down round the side of the house,” she said.

“I had no idea that he was here. I knew that he lived in the area just from what I had heard on the news.

“I think it’s great that they caught him so quickly.”

On Monday morning, police forensic experts were at Mr Morehu-Barlow’s apartment. Charges are yet to be laid.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said he did not know whether Mr Morehu-Barlow put up a struggle during his arrest.

“In the early hours of this morning, a little after 3.30am I understand, the alleged offender presented himself and tried to get into a unit and they were able to apprehend him,” Mr Roberts said.

“The individual has been taken into custody and is undergoing questioning.

“Police will release further details throughout the day.

“It’s very satisfying to see it brought to an early conclusion.”

A nationwide search had been underway since Thursday after it was discovered millions of dollars, destined for Queensland charities, had allegedly been ripped off the government.

The government believes the money was directed into private accounts over three year years, with $11 million going missing in one transaction in the last two weeks.

Barlows mansion...But who paid for that?

An employee raised the alarm when they noticed a discrepancy last Thursday.

New Zealand-born Mr Morehu-Barlow has been a Queensland Health employee since 2005.

Police froze $12 million of his assets last Friday, including a swank property, luxury cars and artwork.

Premier Anna Bligh on Monday morning welcomed news that Mr Morehu-Barlow had been found.

“Police have acted calmly and methodically and covered all the bases. This morning they got their man,” said the Premier.

“I want to congratulate them for their police work on behalf of the people of Queensland.”

Ms Bligh said that Mr Morehu-Barlow’s arrest was not the end of the matter.

“This is just the beginning. It is unacceptable that this could happen and we are working to close any loopholes that exist,” she said.

“The courts will deal with Mr Morehu-Barlow and we will deal with the system.”

More on this story as it comes to hand…

 

 

JOEL Morehu Barlow-Where's our 16 million dollars? UPDATES


UPDATE 27/04/12 It is a real look into the huge ego of this thief and fraudster, looking into the inventory of his waterside home, to see what status meant to this dickhead. Louis Vuitton is apparently a posh brand that costs a few hundred times more than the normal consumer product for what seems not much more the the tag…

He lived and breathed Louis Vuitton, along with the very best champagnes, cognacs, cigars and other bullshit status seeking brands…

The real treasures of a Kiwi’s fake Tahitian prince

MARISSA CALLIGEROS

26/04/2012

Such was his commitment to living the high-life as a Tahitian prince, alleged Queensland Health fraudster Hohepa Morehu-Barlow carried with him an iPod engraved with the moniker “HRH“.

The 36-year-old fallen Brisbane socialite, originally from Thames in New Zealand, funded an extravagant lifestyle, while claiming to be Tahitian royalty, with millions of dollars he allegedly fleeced from Queensland Health, where he was employed as a fund manager.

Mr Morehu-Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, now spends his days behind bars on remand after being charged with defrauding the government of more than A$16 million (NZ$21m) in public funds.

An audit of his property, filed in the Supreme Court last week, details the treasure-trove of designer garments, jewellery, artwork, wine, champagne and a bizarre collection of bric-a-brac Mr Morehu-Barlow accumulated before his arrest late last year.

Included in the 29-page catalogue of property seized from Mr Morehu-Barlow’s luxurious waterfront apartment at Moray Street, New Farm, is a leather wallet embossed with “HRH”, as well as the silver iPod engraved with the same title for His Royal Highness.

He also owned a key ring emblazoned with the words “High Roller Las Vegas”.

Mr Morehu-Barlow owned 22 sets of rosary beads, complete with amber, gold and silver crosses, two Bibles, including a boxed small Devocionario Bible, and three crucifixes.

Among Mr Morehu-Barlow’s underwear, police found what they described as a “leather thong with ‘Mary’ cross on back”.

The catalogue shows Mr Morehu-Barlow owned 98 business shirts, including 18 from Heringbone Sydney and 15 from Louis Vuitton.

He also owned 58 ties, including 28 from Louis Vuitton, 87 T-shirts and 17 pairs of jeans, as well as 36 pairs of designer sunglasses.

Police went from room to room of Mr Morehu-Barlow’s waterfront apartment after his arrest, recording all his belongings.

In his wardrobe, detectives found 30 pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes, including sports shoes, business shoes and ankle boots.

He also owned one Hermes leather saddle and a Ralph Lauren ice bucket.

Mr Morehu-Barlow also had 19 Louis Vuitton scarves and 18 Louis Vuitton suit bags.

He had two Louis Vuitton humidors and two Creedo Precision humidors – one opened and one unopened – and seven Davidoff Doubler cigars.

He also invested in works by celebrated Australian painters Arthur Boyd and Brett Whiteley.

Among his prized possessions was a book commemorating the 2010 Australian tour of late songstress Whitney Houston and the 1985 album We Are The World.

The Public Trustee of Queensland was last week given the green light to sell assets seized from the alleged fraudster.

Mr Morehu-Barlow has previously consented to his personal property being sold in order to reduce any future court-imposed restitution order.

He was arrested last year after allegedly transferring $11 million from a Queensland Health account to a Commonwealth Bank businesses account registered in his name on November 17, and is now awaiting trial.

Items already approved for sale by the Public Trustee included Mr Morehu-Barlow’s $5.6 million apartment, a 2009 black Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, a 2007 black Audi A4 sedan, two 2012 Sea Doo jetskis worth $25,900 and $16,400, and one baby grand piano.

Property catalogue

An excerpt from the 29-page catalogue of the items the state government has seized from accused Queensland Health fraudster Hohepa Morehu-Barlow.

Clothing

98 business shirts: Heringbone Sydney (18), Louis Vuitton (15), Mateo Di Rota (8), Marcs (7), Rhodes and Beckett (6), Tom Ford (6), mixed brands (38).
87 t-shirts (various brands)
58 ties: Louis Vuitton (28)
30 pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes, including one pair of black sequined business shoes
17 jeans (various brands)
5 suits: Louis Vuitton (4), Hugo Boss (1)
3 Louis Vuitton gloves (boxed)
5 Louis Vuitton jackets
1 Louis Vuitton fur-like collar
1 Louis Vuitton dinner coat
1 Hugo Boss dinner jacket
1 Louis Vuitton windcheater
1 Louis Vuitton denim jacket
1 Louis Vuitton vest
1 Louis Vuitton leather jacket
1 Louis Vuitton bath robe

Accessories

41 scarves: Louia Vuitton (26, including one fox-fur scarf), Alexander McQueen (1), No-brand (14)
36 sunglasses: Louis Vuitton (6), Kirk (1), Marc Jacobs (9), Dolche & Gabbanna (1), Tom Ford (5), Dita (2), Chanel (1), Ray Bans (2), Gucci (3), Christian Dior, D-Squared, Issou, Porche, Carrera, and Balenciaga (1).
9 Louis Vuitton cufflinks
7 watches: Cartier (2), Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Breitling (1).
2 Louis Vuitton tie clips
1 Alexander McQueen skull cufflinks
1 Mother of Pearl opera glasses
1 Hermes wallet
1 Louis Vuitton wallet, embossed with “HRH”
1 Dolche & Gabbanna tan rabbit fur hat
1 Hermes black shawl

Artwork

Tim Storrier’s Straight Over the Plain
Jeffrey Smart’s Study for the Terrace, Variation on a Theme
Arthur Boyd’s Pulpit Rock
Dean Vella’s Flower vase, blocks on blue
Brett Whitely (1 work)
Jake Reston (5 works)

Alcohol

6L Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne
6L Dom Perignon Champagne (in metal box)
6L Krug Champagne (in wooden box)
Moet and Chandon 2003 Grand Vintage Champagne 750mL
Dom Perignon 2002 Vintage Champagne 750mL
Kauffman Private Collection Vodka
Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Neilpoorts 1983 Port
Martell L”Or Cognac 700mL (boxed)
Henessy XO Cognac 700mL
Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Sporting Memorabilia

1 signed All Blacks jersey
1 framed Queensland Reds jersey

Luggage

6 Louis Vuitton overnight bags
3 Louis Vuitton sports bags
3 Louis Vuitton satchels

Home goods

4 Louis Vuitton towels
4 Hermes blankets
2 cowskin rugs
1 Ralph Lauren ice bucket
1 Hermes ice bucket
1 Dyson vacuum cleaner with accessories

Other belongings

27 empty sunglass cases
22 sets of rosary beads
18 Louis Vuitton suit bags
9 antique wind-up robots
7 Davidoff Double cigars
4 humidors: Louis Vuitton (2), Creedo Precision 70 (2)
4 phones: iPhone (3), mobile (1)
3 Bunnings Warehouse $100 gift vouchers
1 Hermes saddle
1 64GB silver iPod engraved with “HRH Hohepa Morehu-Barlow”
1 Louis Vuitton umbrella
1 Louis Vuitton business card holder
1 Louis Vuitton laptop bag
1 Louis Vuitton iPad holder
1 leather thong with leather Mary cross on back
1 black and silver crucifix
1 Trojan tool box
1 “High Roller Las Vegas” key ring
1 Kiwi money box
1 Whitney Houston 2010 tour book
1 Diamantin and Domenicoru Italian cuckoo clock
1 blood pressure machine
1 10kg dumbbell

- Brisbane Times

 


 

JOEL Morehu-Barlow, the 36-year-old State Government executive wanted for questioning over alleged fraud-related activity, is in police custody.

I wanted to post this the other day, but I could not believe what I was hearing, this bloke has been living the best of the best life styles on a public servant salary and for some reason has been under the radar. Now Bligh is furious, maybe because she knows we know she has fucked up on this one…At a time when QLDer’s are tightening their belts left right and centre, when they are dipping into their own pockets after floods devastated the state etc. we find out pricks like Barlow are using state funds like their own piggy bank…

Now they have caught him today, and reading between the lines, he may have attempted suicide, the mess needs to be cleaned up…SAD YES…BUT how the hell does this happen over and over by these greedy bastards? Hopefully we will find out folks… What is really interesting to me is this crook has been the darling of the social scene up there for years (at 36yrs of age, GOV employee do not forget) So what where they all thinking as he paraded around in his fine threads and massive property expenditure????

HERE ARE SOME PICS FROM HIS BIG SLAP UP BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKED WITH FREE-LOADERS SEEING HE WAS FOOTING THE $130,000 BILL

Makes one wonder what these free loading party goers were thinking of their friend and or work mate spending up a huge $130,000 on a party. Did they all think he just worked a lot of overtime? Nobody asked a question in 5 years?

UPDATE 17/04/12

THE media has been excluded from attending today’s Supreme Court “examination” of so-called fake Tahitian prince Joel Morehu-Barlow over possible missing taxpayer money or assets.

Hohepa Hikairo “Joel” Morehu-Barlow, 36, was ordered to appear today to be grilled over other alleged ill-gotten gains he bought while living the high-life on Queensland taxpayers’ money.

Queensland Chief Justice Paul de Jersey earlier this month issued the “examination” order in accordance with the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002.

Morehu-Barlow is expected to be quizzed about any other property or assets that may be subject to confiscation and subsequent sell off by the government in a bid to recoup outstanding millions he is alleged to have siphoned from state coffers.

Lawyers for The Courier-Mail this morning sought permission to remain in the court and cover the proceedings.
Barrister Carla Klease, for The Courier-Mail, said: “There is a strong public interest to the media being present.”

Ms Klease said the fact Morehu-Barlow was to be examined about money belonging to Queensland taxpayers was of considerable interest to the wider public.

Solicitor Delma Osborne, for the Director of Public Prosecutions and Crime and Misconduct Commission, opposed the application, saying examinations of this nature must take place in private.

She said Morehu-Barlow, as part of the “examination”, could be ordered to answer questions that would in other jurisdictions be deemed self-incriminating.

“The examinee (Morehu-Barlow) will be forced to answer questions for which (he) could otherwise claim privilege,” Ms Osborne said.

Registrar Jane Guerin agreed with the Crown’s submission and ordered the hearing be held in a closed court.

It is understood neither Morehu-Barlow or his lawyers opposed the media attending the hearing.

Morehu-Barlow is currently in custody awaiting trial, or possible sentence hearing, for embezzling more than $16 million from Queensland Health.

The fallen socialite last appeared on March 1, when a Brisbane magistrate committed him to stand trial for the fraud in the Brisbane District Court.

A total of 39 witness statements were handed up to the court after prosecutors dropped seven charges and replaced them with a further seven.

The new charges include two counts of fraud as an employee, two counts of forgery of a valuable security, possession of hydroxybutanoic acid lactone and drugs including ecstasy and GHB.

He is also accused of uttering a forged document between July and December last year, namely a copy of a ministerial letter from MP Paul Lucas.

Two drug possession charges, including possession of steroids and drug utensils, cannot be dealt with in the higher court and were adjourned back to the Magistrates Court on June 4.

Morehu-Barlow, who had claimed to be a member of the Tahitian royal family, had been working at QH since 2005.

UPDATE 14/12/11

THE $16 million Queensland Health swindle may have been so easy to detect that it was detailed in the department’s own annual reports.

SURELY MANY MORE HEADS HAVE TO ROLL IN THIS DEBACLE? WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT SOME SMALL PANEL BEATERS BOOKEEPER SLICING OFF THE CREAM, THIS IS A MAJOR FRAUD THAT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING TO BE FOUND TRO BE CARRIED OUT BY ONE SOLITARY MID MANAGER IN A GOVERNMENT DEPARMENT. Lets not even bother with his dubious past and convictions and how he got the job in the first place…How about where the fuck are the checks and balances over 3 years when Queenslanders are being told to tighten their belts, yet at the same time commit money to all the dramas they have endured up there… (mind you we all gave money from around Australia in their time of need)

It was revealed yesterday that an entity owned by the health employee accused of orchestrating the scam received $4 million in grants.

But rather than hidden in the bowels of the department, every cent received over the past three years appears to have been printed in “funded organisations” sections of the glossy reports.

On Wednesday, Premier Anna Bligh said she was “very angry” at circumstances surrounding the alleged swindle.

“It is equally clear that an investigation last year into a complaint was not sufficiently rigorous,” Ms Bligh said. Really????

“It is also clear that some of the financial checks and balances that should be in place are either not there or not rigorous enough.”

The revelation raises fresh doubts about the effort put into an internal investigation last year about near-identical allegations.

It will also increase pressure on the Bligh Government to sack senior health officials who were left clueless about millions of dollars going missing.

Police yesterday charged 36-year-old Brisbane social scene identity Joel Morehu-Barlow with one count of defrauding Queensland Health of $11 million.

It has been alleged Morehu-Barlow scammed $16 million over about three years in his role within the department handing out grants to the non-government sector.

The case has captivated the state with details of the health system middle manager’s opulent lifestyle emerging, from a $130,000 birthday bash to him passing himself off as a Tahitian prince.

But while Premier Anna Bligh has described the scam as sophisticated, it may have been as simple as setting up an entity with a believable business name.

Business searches show Morehu-Barlow set up a sole trading entity named “Healthy Initiatives and Choices” in September 2008.

The business does not appear to have an address, telephone number or even a website.

However, Queensland Health’s last three annual reports show it was getting growing amounts of public cash.

It received $180,000 in 2008/09, $1.37 million in 2009/10 and $2.56 million in 2010/11.

Other organisations receiving donations include the Inala PCYC, Kidsafe Queensland and Beyond Blue.

Queensland Health refused to confirm or deny the grants to Healthy Initiatives and Choices were related to the $16 million swindle.

“As this is a police matter, we cannot comment,” a spokesman said.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said that, while he was unaware if the grants to Healthy Initiatives and Choices were related to the fraud investigation, it was incumbent on the Government to explain the payments.

“We are asking legitimate public administration questions about payments published in annual reports,” he said.

Joel Barlow, seems he loved spending OUR money as a Government beancounter

At 9am Monday it was confirmed that Mr Morehu-Barlow was being supervised by police inside Royal Brisbane Hospital. There was no information about his condition.

Mr Morehu-Barlow, who police have been scouring Queensland for since Thursday night, was found at an address in New Farm around 3am Monday morning.

Police said he was wanted for questioning as part of an investigation into fraudulent activity relating to a large sum of money belonging to Queensland Health.

Mr Morehu-Barlow was taken into custody when he was about to enter his luxury riverfront unit in Moray St.

Claire O’Rourke, who lives in the Moray St building next door to the luxury apartment block, said she was woken about 3am by a commotion.

Police checks miss fugitive’s past

She said it was “disconcerting” to learn Queensland’s most wanted man had been arrested just metres away.

“I woke up about 3am and the police were just coming down round the side of the house,” she said.

“I had no idea that he was here. I knew that he lived in the area just from what I had heard on the news.

“I think it’s great that they caught him so quickly.”

On Monday morning, police forensic experts were at Mr Morehu-Barlow’s apartment. Charges are yet to be laid.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said he did not know whether Mr Morehu-Barlow put up a struggle during his arrest.

“In the early hours of this morning, a little after 3.30am I understand, the alleged offender presented himself and tried to get into a unit and they were able to apprehend him,” Mr Roberts said.

“The individual has been taken into custody and is undergoing questioning.

“Police will release further details throughout the day.

“It’s very satisfying to see it brought to an early conclusion.”

A nationwide search had been underway since Thursday after it was discovered millions of dollars, destined for Queensland charities, had allegedly been ripped off the government.

The government believes the money was directed into private accounts over three year years, with $11 million going missing in one transaction in the last two weeks.

Barlows mansion...But who paid for that?

An employee raised the alarm when they noticed a discrepancy last Thursday.

New Zealand-born Mr Morehu-Barlow has been a Queensland Health employee since 2005.

Police froze $12 million of his assets last Friday, including a swank property, luxury cars and artwork.

Premier Anna Bligh on Monday morning welcomed news that Mr Morehu-Barlow had been found.

“Police have acted calmly and methodically and covered all the bases. This morning they got their man,” said the Premier.

“I want to congratulate them for their police work on behalf of the people of Queensland.”

Ms Bligh said that Mr Morehu-Barlow’s arrest was not the end of the matter.

“This is just the beginning. It is unacceptable that this could happen and we are working to close any loopholes that exist,” she said.

“The courts will deal with Mr Morehu-Barlow and we will deal with the system.”

More on this story as it comes to hand…