Brandon Peter McGowan charged with murder over disappearance of Scott Maitland and his wife, Cindy Masonwells


Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells at their wedding in Kuranda in 2009

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“HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO FAREWELL CAIRNS COUPLE” 

There were emotional scenes as hundreds of mourners turned out to the funeral of couple Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells this afternoon.

The crowd overflowed from the church into nearby grounds with people wearing brightly-coloured clothing to remember the fun-loving pair.

The couple were described as one another’s soul mates as family and friends wept before their two coffins laden with flowers, which were placed in the altar of St Michael’s Catholic Church in Gordonvale.

Majorie Maitland, mother of Scott Maitland is hugged by mourners outside St Michael’s Catholic Church at the funeral to farewell her son and Cindy Masonwells.

Scott’s parents Wayne and Marjorie Maitland were in tears before the service began with Mrs Maitland hugging Scott’s only daughter, Rhyane, during the funeral.

Family friend David Chalk presented the eulogy giving tribute to the couple who touched so many lives.

“Cindy (originally from Gympie) came north in her late twenties to find her soul mate and found him in Scott,’’ he said.

“Scott and Cindy, we will miss you every day for the rest of our lives.

“How can we begin to understand why you were taken from us? You had so many dreams, laughs and love to still share.”

Cindy’s sister Tanya Masonwells fought back tears as she remembered her younger sister.

“My little sister Cindy wanted everyone on the planet to be happy and get along,’’ she said.

“Cindy would do anything to make people laugh.”

The 50-minute service finished when friends wheeled Scott and Cindy’s coffins from the church into two hearses outside.

Scott was buried at Gordonvale Cemetery with Cindy’s body to be transported to Gympie to be laid to rest next to her late-father.

The couple were reported missing in July before their bodies were found in bushland along Lake Morris Road at Kanimbla.

Bungalow man Brandon Peter McGowan, 41, has been charged with murdering the couple.

Australian MP Bob Katter and State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt were also in attendance.

26 JULY 2012 – NINEMSN

Accused double murderer acted alone: cops

The man accused of murdering a Mount Isa couple in far north Queensland acted alone, police say.

Brandon McGowan, 41, was charged with the murder of Scott Maitland, 35, and Cindy Masonwells, 33, who flew to Cairns to attend a friend’s birthday party on July 6, but never showed up.

The couple were last seen the previous evening, when they collected a restored panel van from a mechanics at Bungalow.

Their bodies were found in dense scrubland east of Cairns two weeks later.

Police had initially indicated further people could be charged over the couple’s death, but Detective Ed Kinbacher said they did not believe anyone else was involved.

“The reality is that (the involvement of other suspects) is considered extremely remote and unlikely,” Det Kinbacher told reporters in Cairns on Thursday.

“On the basis of the information we have at hand presently, the individual who has been charged was the sole person involved.”

He said the couple’s remains had been formally identified.

Det Kinbacher said it was likely the investigation would be scaled down later this week.

The murder charges against McGowan are listed for mention in Cairns Magistrates Court on September 3.

23 July 2012 – THE NORTH WEST STAR

MOUNT Isa residents have once again opened their hearts and wallets, in support of the families of deceased couple, Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells.21-year-old Daniel Graham, a friend of the couple, organised two sausage sizzles and an auction at the weekend to raise money for the Maitland and Masonwells families.

The two sausage sizzles at Colonial Shopping Centre and Super IGA raised more than $3200 and the auction raised $2070.

“I am absolutely rapt, the generosity of this town is unreal, we couldn’t ask for any better,” said Mr Graham.

He said 50kg of sausages, 20kg of onions and four palettes of bread were consumed over the two days.

“We had so much help too, we have a long list of people to thank,” Mr Graham said.

Mr Maitland and Ms Masonwells (pictured) were last seen on the evening of July 5, when they collected a restored Holden panel van from a workshop in the Cairns suburb of Bungalow.

Two bodies believed to be those of the couple were found last week in dense rainforest west of Cairns, after extensive investigations and searching by police.

Bungalow man Brandon Peter McGowan, 41, has been charged with murdering the couple and has been remanded in custody.

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The mystery disappearance of Scott Maitland (35) and his wife, Cindy Masonwells (33) after arriving in Cairns on 5 July 2012, from their home in Mt. Isa, has further deepened with the arrest on 14 July 2012 of Brandon Peter McGowan (41) who has been charged with their murder. 

With Police investigations continuing, their primary focus at present is locating the bodies of Mr. Maitland and Ms. Masonwells, with the search currently concentrated on dense, mountainous bushland and also the movements of a white 2001 Ford Econovan between 9.45pm on 5 July 2012 to 1.00am the following morning.   

The 1975 HJ Holden Sandman panel van at the centre of the mystery

While Police have confirmed that the couple’s Sandman panel van was “no longer part of its investigation” the vehicle has a connection with the victims and the accused murderer which only increases the mystery of their disappearance and deaths.

Another senseless and cowardly case of murder which leaves behind only questions, heartbreak and devastation for the victims’ family.  May they receive the answers to their questions and above all justice for their loved ones callously taken far too soon.

 

TIMELINE:

Between 17 and 18 April 2012 – Fully-restored 1975 HJ Holden Sandman panel van owned by Cindy Masonwells reported stolen from the workshop of Brandon Peter McGowan who was undertaking restoration works on the vehicle.  Vehicle was mysteriously located at a later date.

5 July 2012 – 8.45pm – Scott Maitland and Cindy arrive at Cairns Airport.  Last known sighting of the couple.

6 July 2012 – The couple were expected at a friend’s engagement party but failed to show up.  Scott’s mother attempts to phone her son, but the call went straight to voicemail.

8 July 2012 – Cindy was due at a girlfriend’s house during the day but did not turn up.

9 July 2012 – Scott’s father was phoned by one of his son’s friends to ask if he had seen the pair.  Friends subsequently reported the pair missing

12 July 2012 – Police hold a press conference with Scott’s father to alert media and the public of the missing couple.

13 July 2012 – Investigators arrive in Cairns from Brisbane to assist in the case.

The accused: Brandon McGowan and Scott and Cindy in happier times

14 July 2012 – Brandon Peter McGowan arrested by Police and charged with the couple’s murder.

16 July 2012 – Brandon Peter McGowan appears in Court on charges of murder.  Is remanded in custody to reappear at the Cairns Magistrates Court on 3 September 2012.

17 July 2012 – 3.00pm – Queensland Police Service establish a crime scene at Lake Morris Road, Cairns with Far Northern Region regional crime co-ordinator Det Insp Bruno Asnicar interviewed in response to queries of whether the bodies of the couple had been located said “All I can say is we’re getting close.”

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Gerard Baden Clay- The Prisoner-The man…Updates


Previous threads can be found using the links below, One being very first and so on…

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Update June 28, 2012

Gerard Baden-Clay has lost 13 friends on Facebook, including Premier Campbell Newman, since being arrested for murder of wife Allison

UNFRIENDED- A screenshot of Gerard Baden-Clay’s Facebook page.

However, he still has 372 Facebook friends, including federal Liberal MPs Jane Prentice and Julie Bishop.

A spokeswoman for Mr Newman said the Premier’s old Facebook profile, which has not been used since the election campaign ended, was shut down a couple of weeks ago.

“The closure of the profile means Mr Newman no longer has ‘Facebook friends’,” she said in a statement.

“Instead Mr Newman has a Facebook page, which anyone can like, with requests not requiring approval.”

Prisoners cannot access the internet, but many with Facebook accounts get their family or friends to update their profiles.

It’s been two weeks since Baden-Clay was moved to Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and he’s yet to be admitted to the typical 3m x 4m cell. He remains in the prison’s medical unit and The Courier-Mail understands he’s had multiple visits from a psychologist.

The only external visitors have been in a two-hour non-contact visit with father Nigel and sister Olivia Walton and about an hour with his lawyer Darren Mahony.

A Queensland Corrective Services spokesman said all prisoners had to be assessed to find out if they were a suicide risk before being imprisoned.

“Prisoner Baden-Clay underwent a medical assessment prior to undergoing an induction,” the spokesman said. “At induction, the prisoner would have been informed about his obligations, rights and entitlements.”

All prisoners are initially placed under observation before entering the mainstream prison system.

Baden-Clay is expected to be given protection status, which is only granted if they are assessed as “at risk of harm within the general prison population”, have an intellectual disability or if charges relate to “serious offences”.

Upon entry, prisoners are issued with prison uniform – a green T-shirt, shorts, tracksuit pants, jumper and joggers.

Baden-Clay is not required to work in prison, but will be encouraged to participate “in some type of meaningful activity”, such as cleaning or kitchen duties, horticulture work or maintenance.

“If a remand prisoner chooses not to work, they must be paid an unemployment allowance – this is $1.30 a week. In addition, a hygiene allowance of $9.55 is payable per week,” a QCS spokesman said.

“If employed, they are paid (depending on the job) from $2.80 to $8.45 per week.”

Baden-Clay reported his wife Allison missing on April 20 and her body was found 10 days later at Kholo Creek in Anstead – 14km away from her Brookfield home.

Update 27/06/12 8.30pm

Police noticed ‘scratches on Baden-Clay’

 

His defence counsel Peter Davis SC told the court during the bail application that these were from caterpillar bites.

When officers showed up to Gerard Baden-Clay’s home after he reported his wife missing, they couldn’t help but notice deep scratches on his face.

The 41-year-old father of three told them he cut himself with an old shaver but police were not convinced and notified a detective, court documents released on Tuesday show.

The marks on his right cheek appeared similar to fingernail scratches, the detective said in his affidavit submitted during Baden-Clay’s failed bail application in the Supreme Court in Brisbane last Friday.

“They are not straight or clean cuts normally made by a sharp razor blade,” the detective said.

A government medical officer also found the injuries were not consistent with a shaving injury but were instead consistent with fingernail marks.

Baden-Clay, a real estate agent, was arrested on June 13 and charged with murdering his wife Allison, 43, and interfering with her corpse.

Her body was found in a creek bed 10 days after he reported her missing from their Brookfield home, west of Brisbane, on April 20.

More scratches were noticed on his torso and neck during an upper body examination, the court documents say.

His defence counsel Peter Davis SC told the court during the bail application that these were from caterpillar bites.

He did not address the scratches seen on his client’s face.

Mr Davis also argued the police case against his client was weak, with no cause of death identified, no weapon found, and nothing to place his client outside his home on the night his wife disappeared.

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Inside the prison where accused wife-killer Gerard Baden-Clay will be held for up to three years

The Sunday Mail (Qld)

THIS is where accused wife-murderer Gerard Baden-Clay will live, possibly for up to three years, as the high-profile case goes through the legal process.

A toilet connected to a sink, a single bed, a mirror, TV, shelf and desk make up a 3m x 4m cell where prisoners spend 12 hours a day inside the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

A small window overlooks the nondescript, high-security, prison grounds. Locked prison blocks remain under constant surveillance; thick, secure, doors slam loudly; guards walk freely through long, caged walkways; inmates workout with whatever they can find, pumping chairs like dumbbells.

Morning headcount begins at 6.45am, before a cereal and bread breakfast, followed by gym and activities such as football, tennis and volleyball.

Prisoners can smoke outside of their designated common area, watch TV or make a phone call.

The dinner menu over a week includes sausages in a curry sauce, fresh crumbed chicken, braised lamb chops, beef stroganoff and roast lamb, with meals served from 4.30pm.

Prisoners are locked in their cells two hours later.

The Sunday Mail toured the facility last week, entering the compound where 865 prisoners on remand were processed upon arrival. The five-stage process includes an interview, strip-search and shower.

Some are granted protection status if they are assessed as “at risk of harm within the general prison population”, if charges relate to “serious offences”, if they are bikies or if they have intellectual disabilities. They receive new clothes, toiletries and bedding and then wait in a cell. They are photographed, fill out paperwork for an ID and talk a counsellor about their state of mind. Questions cover how they are likely to cope in prison, family and other external supports and what they are looking forward to when they are freed.

Doctors and nurses examine them in the medical centre. Some high-risk, at-risk prisoners stay in the centre, under continuous observation every 15 or 30 minutes, while lower at-risk prisoners stay in cells under camera observation unit in W Block.

On arrival, prisoners spend at least their first night in an induction unit and get a booklet outlining their daily routine.

The booklet also explains employment, protection status, medical requests, dental services, optometrist appointments, chaplaincy services, discharge as well as requests for a special diet.

Prisoners are allowed a total of 10 CDs and cassette tapes, sunglasses, a kettle, photo albums and photos.

They can receive socks and jocks, plastic hairbrush, singlets, court clothes and five magazines and books through the mail without a request form. Personal and legal visits are set down between 9am and 11am or 1.15pm and 3pm.

Prisoners receive an amenities allowance of $9.55 a week.

A Queensland Corrective Services spokesman said that jobs – including cleaning or kitchen duties, horticulture work in gardens or maintenance – pay $2.80-$8.50 a day.

Money from trust accounts can “buy up” items, including cigarettes, chocolate bars, lollies, chips, nuts, biscuits and two-minute noodles.

Gerard Baden-Clay, charged with the Murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay

DETAILS have emerged in the murder case against Gerard Baden-Clay from affidavits relied on for his Supreme Court bail application.

The affidavits handed to the court for his Friday bail application included details of text messages Baden-Clay allegedly sent to his wife Allison on the morning he reported her missing where he repeatedly asked where she was.

As part of the investigation, Baden-Clay also provided police with an extensive curriculum vitae, revealing his past schooling and work history.

Details are reproduced below:

Gerard Baden-Clay

  • Born September 9, 1970, in Bournemouth, England.
  • He spent his younger years in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  • Married to Allison June Baden-Clay (nee Dickie) on 23 August, 1997
  • His family (father Nigel, mother Elaine, sister Olivia and brother Adam) came to Australia in 1980 when he was 10 years-old after forming the view that it would be “safer to live in Australia”.
  • They initially lived in Melbourne, Victoria, for eight months before settling in Toowoomba in 1981.
  • Gerard completed primary school in Toowoomba at Gabbinbar State School.
  • He then went to Toowoomba Grammar School until 1987, completing year 12.
  • Obtained a tertiary entrance score of 900.
  • While at high school, he worked as a waiter at Squatters (a Toowoomba restaurant) and also undertook strawberry and potato picking in Lockyer Valley.
  • Represented Toowoomba in hockey in under 17 and under 21 divisions.
  • After school, he completed five years in a Bachelor of Business (majoring in accounting and computing) at the now University of Southern Queensland, formerly the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education.
  • At the same time, he spent three years with the Australia Army Reserve as a training officer.
  • While studying he supplemented his income chipping onions and picking potatoes in the Lockyer Valley and continuing to work as a waiter at the Squatters restaurant.
  • From 1991-93 he worked as an accountant in the Audit Division of KPMG Peat Marwick. For approximately 12 months, Gerard worked as a company accountant for Designer Workwear.
  • From 1994-97 he worked at Flight Centre, initially as a travel consultant for the first 24-hour division, managing his own outlet. Later, he worked as an office and recruitment systems manager.
  • At Flight Centre he met wife Allison and after marrying, they travelled overseas.
  • In London, he worked as a Financial Systems Consultant with Blockbuster International for six months while Allison worked with Dale Karnegie Training.
  • While overseas, he also worked in the Project Department of Kandersteg International Scouts Centre, Switzerland, as a volunteer for three months. Later, he worked as an assistant director of the International Scouts Centre for 12 months.
  • Gerard returned home with Allison in 1999 and went back to Flight Centre as the Global Systems and Communications Manager until the end of 2000.
  • After that, he worked at Raine & Horne at Kenmore for 10 months.
  • Gerard obtained his real estate agent’s licence during the period from late 2003 to early 2004.
  • He started as Principal and Managing Director of Century 21 Westside in 2004, where he remained until his arrest on June 13.

* Source: Gerard Baden-Clay affidavit dated June 21, 2012

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Gerard Baden-Clay – Bail Application on Murder Charges June 21 2012


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As I type this Gerard Baden-Clay is sitting in a cell, awaiting news from his lawyers at to whether or not he is granted bail. Poor Gerard may have to cool his heels a little longer than he thinks as the Supreme Court can take 48 hours or more to consider any such application. He spent last night behind bars after being charged with the murder of his wife Allison. He was also charged with unlawfully interfering with a corpse.

It was nearly two months ago he phoned police to say the woman he called his “angel” had disappeared. Allison Baden-Clay was reported missing by her husband at 7.30am on April 20 2012  when he told police she had left the house the previous night and not returned.

The media frenzy has always been big, even before Allison Baden-Clay’s body was found, cold, soaked and muddy all alone  10 days later by a kayaker on the banks of the Kholo Creek at Anstead.

That has amplified and will only increase with each and every court appearance, as it will if and when there are any further arrests in relation to the murder investigation. There has been some rumblings in relation to what role the mainstream media play in the reporting of high-profile cases, as there are about social media and blogs like this one.

This is the information age, we are in the 21st century, over a decade in, it is 2012 and things are not going backwards. It is up to the courts and the law makers to ensure they keep up. Gone are the days of listening to news on the radio at 6pm to find out what has happened. We live in a real-time world now and as such we want to know what is happening in our lives. Knowledge is power and people have embraced having a voice  everywhere. Twitter, Facebook, email, Instant Messaging, Blogging the list goes on.

I started this blog nearly 2 years ago because I was frustrated by newspapers and radio asking for our opinions and then disregarding  it completely if it didn’t fit, or editing it to their liking. What was the point? If we could not have a say and discuss openly things that concern us, our families, and communities and instead be spoon fed certain info and not other vital facts, it defeated the whole purpose.

This blog nor any other, is yet to rightfully or wrongfully convict anybody, the courts do that with a Judge and Jury, as it should be. We can however have an opinion and seek the truth, fact from fiction, and there is not a lot anyone can do about the thoughts and feelings of millions of people around the world on blogs, water coolers, members lounges and anywhere else we want to have a view.

Whether you like it or not, this is the future and you better catch up. For people to suggest that 12 Aussies with average intelligence cannot sit in a trial and come to their own conclusions based on the evidence inside that court is pretty sad and to me says we are selling ourselves a bit short

Cheers Robbo

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR ANY UPDATES ON BAIL AND OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Baden-Clay to seek bail next week

June 14, 2012 4:23PM

 ACCUSED murderer Gerard Baden-Clay will remain in custody for at least a week until his bail application is heard.

Lawyers lodged an application in the Supreme Court in Brisbane this afternoon indicating Baden-Clay, 41, would seek conditional release while he awaits trial for allegedly murdering his wife Allison and interfering with her corpse.

The bail application will be heard on June 21 and is expected to take 40 minutes. (let him get a weeks taste of life in jail….keep him comfy in there people)

Baden-Clay reported his wife and the mother of their three children missing from the family’s Brookfield home on the morning of April 20, saying she’d failed to return from a late-night walk.

The body of the 43-year-old was found on the banks of a creek at Anstead 10 days later.

Baden-Clay was arrested on Wednesday and faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

Wearing a checked business shirt and dark pants, Baden-Clay sat in the dock with his back to the packed gallery.

He did not speak during the 30 second hearing, and the matter was adjourned until July 9.

However he was brought back into court around one hour later where he consented to police obtaining “non-intimate” forensic samples from him as part of their ongoing investigation into his wife’s death.

Police did not elaborate on what forensic samples were sought, however this type of order can include hair from the head or beard.

After his appearance in court, Baden-Clay was taken to the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre at Wacol, west of Brisbane, where he will remain at least until his bail hearing.

Baden-Clay’s lawyer, Darren Mahony, indicated outside court his client would vigorously defend the charges.

At Brookfield, a chalkboard with “We love you Allison,” written on it in a love-heart has reappeared on the front fence of the Baden-Clay family home on Brookfield Road after being absent for several weeks.

New bunches of flowers have also been strung up to the family’s front fence, although there’s no one home to see them.

The Brookfield community is still in disbelief after Mr Baden-Clay was charged with his wife’s murder.

GERARD Baden-Clay has been charged with the murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay.


The day we have all been waiting for my friends arrived yesterday afternoon. The 13th June 2012, with the charge of Murder been slapped on Gerard Baden Clay…The man who thought he had it all figured out…It could be years before he goes to trial, who cares how long it takes. Justice is all we want for a wife and mother killed in the prime of her life. Three cheers to QLD POLICE

This will not be the only arrest people….

Previous threads can be found using the links below, One being very first and so on…

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On a much nicer point
 

Flowers and Sign have returned outside the home of Alison Baden-Clay

At Brookfield, a chalkboard with “We love you Allison,” written on it in a love heart has reappeared on the front fence of the Baden-Clay family home on Brookfield Road after being absent for several weeks.New bunches of flowers have also been strung up to the family’s front fence, although there’s no one home to see them.The Brookfield community is still in disbelief after Mr Baden-Clay was charged with his wife’s murder.(if you have been there to visit with flowers etc, please send us a pic or 2 to put up folks…)
 
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE BADEN CLAY MOVES TO ANOTHER NEW OFFICE

Breaking news, Baden-Clay moves to yet another new office…Rent Free
(could not resist folks…)

 
 
UPDATE 14/04/12

GERARD Baden-Clay has appeared before a packed court to face a charge of murdering his wife Allison.

Baden-Clay agrees to give police his DNA

 
The 41-year-old was led into the dock at Brisbane’s Magistrate’s Court and stood with his back to the public gallery before being led out again in less than a minute.Wearing the same pink checked business shirt and grey slacks that he had on when he was arrested last night – as opposed to the usual brown prison tracksuit – Baden-Clay was led back into court after the matter scheduled before his was completed.He sat down facing the judge, his back to the gallery, and was remanded to appear on July 9.
 
The hearing lasted less than a minute.His lawyer Darren Mahony confirmed he would go to the Supreme Court today to apply for bail for his client.Baden-Clay was charged on Wednesday with the murder of his wife Allison and also with unlawfully interfering with a corpse.
 
 Allison Baden-Clay murder case: Gerard Baden-Clay vows to fight murder charge

June 14, 2012

GERARD Baden-Clay spent last night behind bars after being charged with the murder of his wife Allison. Nearly two months after phoning police to say the woman he called his “angel” had disappeared, he was taken into police custodyand charged him with causing her death.The real estate agent arrived at Indooroopilly police station yesterday afternoon where he met head of homicide Detective Superintendent Brian Wilkins and the top cop in charge of the drawn-out investigation, Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth. The detectives left about 5.20pm refusing to comment.It’s understood Baden-Clay was in the police station for several hours before his lawyer Darren Mahony arrived.On his way in, Mr Mahony confirmed his client was inside. About an hour later he emerged and said his client was about to be charged. “Police have indicated the intention to charge my client with murder,” Mr Mahony said. “He’s devastated.”He said clearly Baden-Clay would “defend the charge vigorously”.Members of the public watched as media waited for Baden-Clay’s departure. Shortly after, the 41-year-old was bundled, handcuffed, into a police carand driven to the Brisbane watchhouse by detectives.Upon arrival, Baden-Clay looked shocked but just stared straight ahead.Allison Baden-Clay was reported missing by her husband at 7.30am on April 20 when he told police she had left the house the previous night and not returned.Her disappearance sparked a massive search, with police turning up on their days off to join dozens of investigators and State Emergency Services volunteers to scour the bush around the family’s Brookfield home.Search crews checked dams and even abandoned mine shafts in the densely wooded suburb, pleading with locals to conduct searches of their own properties.Her body was found 10 days later by a kayaker on the banks of the Kholo Creek at Anstead. At the same time, homicide detectives and scientific investigators arrived at Baden-Clay’s Brookfield Rd home.Police asked The Courier-Mail to move back and blocked the driveway with their cars while investigators scoured the property with torches.The couple’s three daughters, aged 10, 8 and 5, were taken into police care at a separate station before being collected by Allison’s parents, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie.In a statement, the family thanked “all the people who have worked so tirelessly in the wake of this terrible tragedy”.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the community, the people of Brookfield, the SES and the police who have gone beyond the call of duty,” they said.

“We love Allison and will always miss her dearly.

“We have a long road ahead of us coming to terms with this horrific crime.”

A close friend of Mr and Mrs Dickie said last night they were relieved somebody had been arrested for her murder but were “a long way from achieving closure”.

“They (the Dickies) have gotten no joy from this,” the friend said. “But at least there’s been progress.”

In an exclusive interview with The Courier-Mail last month, the Dickies said they wouldn’t rest until her killer was brought to justice.

Devastated with the discovery of Allison’s body at Kholo Creek crossing, they spoke of the emotional turmoil they had been through and continued to suffer.

A statement released by police last night said a 41-year-old Brookfield man had been charged with murder and would appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

“Police thank the media and public for their assistance during the investigation,” the written statement said.

“Media and the public are also asked to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Mrs Baden-Clay during this difficult period.”

Baden-Clay’s parents, Nigel and Elaine, made no comment to media when they arrived at their Kenmore home yesterday evening.

Mrs Baden-Clay was an accomplished ballerina who travelled Australia and the UK as a girl with the Australian Youth ballet.
As an adult, she spoke six languages and rose through the ranks from a Flight Centre sales assistant to the company’s national human resources manager.

It was while working at Flight Centre that she met Gerard Baden-Clay. She left her career to care for her family of three daughters.

Her husband’s great-grandfather, Lord Baden-Powell, started the scouting movement, a fact Baden-Clay mentioned often in his online business profiles.

He was regularly quoted in media reports about the real estate market.

“In business, it’s simple: never lie,” he said in 2008. “For starters, it’s the wrong thing to do but secondly you will always get caught out and usually when you least expect it.

“There are just too many people, too many personalities, too many trails . . . and too much to lose.”


Gerard Baden-Clay being taken to Roma St watchhouse after being arrested at Indooroopilly police

A handcuffed Mr Baden-Clay was taken from Indooroopilly police station to the Roma Street watch-house by police, arriving just after 6.40pm.Mr Baden-Clay’s lawyer Darren Mahony said his client was “devastated”.

He said it was Baden-Clay’s intention to “defend the charge vigorously”.

Gerard Baden-Clay’s lawyers at the police station.

Mr Mahony said Mr Baden-Clay had instructed him to make an urgent bail application.

Accused murderers cannot apply for bail in the magistrates court so Mr Mahony will have to go to the Supreme Court.

However, a Supreme Court bail application cannot be heard until at least 48 hours after it is filed so Mr Baden-Clay is likely to remain behind bars until at least early next week.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said police would not be making any comment on what remained an ongoing investigation.

Several police cars, including scientific police and detectives from State Crime Operation Command’s Homicide Squad, have arrived at the Baden-Clay family home on Brookfield Rd.

Police had moved the media away before the cars arrived at 6.25pm.

Scientific police appear to be searching the Baden-Clay home with torches and have switched on several lights both up and downstairs.

Mrs Baden-Clay was reported missing from her Brookfield home on April 20 after she failed to return from a walk.

The mother-of-three’s disappearance sparked a massive hunt involving hundreds of police and SES personnel.

Her body was found on the banks of the Kholo Creek at Anstead 10 days later.

Hundreds of mourners turned out for her funeral on May 11.

For more than six weeks, dozens of bunches of flowers, cards and even whirly-gigs have decorated the front fence of the Baden-Clay’s family home on Brookfield Rd.

Tonight, just five bunches remain but they continue to be a testament to the love and sadness of the Brookfield community, west of Brisbane, in the wake of Allison Baden-Clay’s senseless disappearance and murder.

Elsewhere, the parents of Gerard Baden-Clay arrived at their Kenmore home about 5.50pm without Baden-Clay’s three daughters.

Nigel and Elaine Baden-Clay rushed into the house from their car while two neighbours ran to the boot and grabbed their bags before joining them inside.

The Courier-Mail understands Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay’s three daughters were taken into police care before being handed over to the Dickies.

Gerard Baden-Clay faces a three-year wait to face court over the murder of his wife Alison Baden-Clay

ACCUSED murderer Gerard Baden-Clay could wait up to three years before a court decides his fate.

If the father-of-three is unable to win release on bail in the meantime, he will spend that time in custody among the full range of accused criminals, from burglars to serious violent offenders, at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre in Wacol.

Baden-Clay, who spent last night at the Roma St watchhouse, will have to wait until after his appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today to apply for bail.

His legal team will apply separately in the Supreme Court for his release into the community, a hearing which could take place within the week.

Expert criminal lawyer Cameron Browne, of Potts Lawyers, said accused murderers rarely won bail because the gravity of the alleged offence was a judge’s core consideration.

Murder cases also are unique among serious criminal charges in that discounted sentences are not available. Even those who plead guilty receive a life sentence without chance of parole for 15 years.

Mr Browne said the first priority of a legal team applying for bail would be to demonstrate the defendant’s “ties to his community”.

The second move would be to “point out any shortcomings in the prosecution case, which can be of assistance in getting bail”.

However, bail hearings were “not traditionally where cases rise and fall”, he said.

The defence team would offer up conditions such as regular reporting to police, curfews, the need to seek permission for any change of residence and a surety from a person financially independent of the accused.

This person will offer a bond in the form of cash or property as a guarantee the accused will show up in court.

If unsuccessful, the accused can apply again at any time but his lawyers must show “a substantial change of circumstances, for example, the case progresses in a way that shows up glaring weaknesses in the prosecution”, Mr Browne said.

While courts were “mindful of people being in custody” in scheduling the long line of hearings, murder cases generally took 12 months to three years to conclude, from charges laid to a Supreme Court verdict.

But new steps introduced last year by the Queensland judiciary to speed up the first phase of such cases through the Magistrates Court could cut this time, he said.

A key factor in the long duration of murder cases was the considerable time taken to process forensic evidence, Mr Browne said.

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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.

 

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.