Toni McHugh-Who are You? Go away now


Courtesy of Australian Women’s Weekly…

Toni McHugh: ‘My future with Gerard included his children’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The mistress of convicted wife-killer Gerard Baden-Clay believed she would eventually build a life with him and his three young daughters.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Toni McHugh has opened up about how she and the now convicted murderer had high hopes of setting up house together and getting shared custody of his children.

McHugh, who was engaged in a four year affair with Baden-Clay when he violently killed his wife of 14 years,  Allison Baden-Clay, says she always considered the couple’s children when they discussed a life together.

“The future I was planning with Gerard, it actually included them. It included Allison! I thought we would all get to the point where we all, you know, shared custody, like adults and got on,” she told The Weekly.

Related: Gerard Baden-Clay’s secret life of betrayal revealed

The former real estate salesperson also shared unsettling details about the moment she came close to Allison’s body.

“We drove over that bridge, and she was under there, and later that day, maybe around noon, we heard a woman’s body has been found, and I knew straight away – instantly – that it was Allison,” Ms McHugh said.

When asked whether or not she felt responsible for Allison’s untimely death, McHugh, who describes herself as ‘Australia’s Monica Lewinsky’ – the most famous White House intern in history, said ‘No’.

Related: Gerard Baden-Clay’s colleague tells: ‘I was working with a murderer’

“It is horrible to have it said that you are the motive (for murder),” she said.

“But no, I’m sorry, he wasn’t thinking about me. He was thinking about himself.”

While McHugh admits she’s still trying to come to terms with what’s happened, she is now planning to write a book about the case.

“I’m the only one who can tell this story,” she said.

Gerard Baden-Clay was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 15 years behind bars for killing Allison and dumping her body in Brisbane’s Kholo Creek.

Read more of this story in the August issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly. 

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GBC Collage...He is on trial charged with the Murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay

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Just A Few Notes From Court Today….


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This is why it’s taking me so long to get this post to you guys…. Prolific note-taking aside, I’m trying to do a thorough job for everyone who can’t make it to court so if you have specific questions you’d like me to answer, pop them in the comments section and I’ll respond in my post. And what I don’t know (or bugger up), Gerryrocks can fix :P

Was a pleasure meeting him today and I’ll be there bright and early tomorrow… Now that I’ve been ‘deflowered’ by my first day in court ;-)

In Perspective, A Visual Look Through The Lens!


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

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

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

Thanks again to Robbo for allowing me post these!

CCTV Camera at Moggill Rd and Brookfield Rd Roundabout

CCTV Camera at Moggill Rd and Brookfield Rd Roundabout

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the right hand pillar of the bridge

This is the right hand pillar of the bridge

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

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

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

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

Again just highlighting the steepness

Again just highlighting the steepness

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

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

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

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

Sign at the top beside the pathway

Sign at the top beside the pathway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Street level (City direction to my back)

 

Gerard Baden-Clay Trial-Day 4


 

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List of Trial Witnesses as they appear here

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Baden-Clay murder trial: Neighbour heard screams in the night ‘like someone falling off a cliff’

Updated Fri 13 Jun 2014, 7:58am AEST

A woman who lived near accused wife-killer Gerard Baden-Clay’s home in Brisbane’s west has told his murder trial she heard a woman screaming in the night around the time his wife disappeared.

Baden-Clay, 43, a former real estate agent, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to killing his 43-year-old wife in April 2012.

The body of the mother of three was found on a creek bank under the Kholo Creek bridge at Anstead, about 10 kilometres from the couple’s Brookfield home.

Fiona White, who in 2012 was living at Kenmore Hills, near the Baden-Clay family home, today told the court she heard screams in the night during the week Allison went missing, although she was not able to say which night it was.

“Look for me it was high, quite high scream. The way I would describe it there and then was it was like someone falling off a cliff, being pushed,” she said.

She said she heard two distinct screams, “straight one after the other… from what I remember, I would have said it was a female”.

She said the screams came from the direction of the Baden-Clay house.

Neighbour Susan Braun told the court she was woken up some time after 11.30pm by someone calling out the night before Allison went missing.

“I went to sleep then was woken up a second time with someone calling out,” she said.

“I was sound asleep and I heard a loud human noise. It was calling out – I don’t know what the words were.

“It woke me up with a fright.”

Ms Braun said she could not tell whether the voice was male or female, and the voice was raised for less than 10 seconds.

Father says Baden-Clay was in a ‘normal’ mood

Nigel Baden-Clay told the court his son was in a “normal” mood the night before reporting his wife missing.

He said he helped Gerard with his real estate business weekly by collecting and removing signs at properties.

Mr Baden-Clay said on April 19, 2012, his son and his three grand-daughters had an informal dinner at his home nearby.

He said Allison did not attend the dinner, but that was not unusual.

Early the next morning, Mr Baden-Clay said he got a phone call from his son who said: “Dad I don’t want to alarm you, but have you seen Allison?”.

He said Gerard was anxious, but was trying to be calm.

Mr Baden-Clay said he and his daughter Olivia drove in separate cars to his son’s home in Brookfield.

He said when he arrived, he noticed marks on his son’s face and Gerard said he had cut himself shaving.

Mr Baden-Clay said he looked after the girls while Gerard immediately left to search for his wife.

The police arrived not long after he returned, Mr Baden-Clay said.

Mr Baden-Clay will resume his evidence when the trial resumes on Monday.

Youngest daughter said ‘mum went out and stayed out’

Earlier the jury watched a police interview with the Baden-Clays’ youngest daughter, in which the girl, who was then five years old and cradling a purple stuffed toy, told police her mother “went out and stayed out” on the morning of her disappearance.

Baden-Clay wept in court as he watched the video, recorded by police on the afternoon Allison was reported missing.

In it, the girl told detectives she had been watching TV with her two older sisters that morning.

Officers asked the girl if she heard her mum and dad talking when she went to bed, and she replied: “No”.

The girl said when she woke up the next day, her mother was out.

“I didn’t get to see her at all because I was fast asleep,” she said.

“She was walking for a long time and we think she twisted her ankle.”

She said she had then taken part in a search party for Allison.

“[When] we finished school, dad said to us that dad couldn’t find mum,” she said.

“Dad told us that mum was gone and dad thinks she went for a walk.

“We saw that mum was gone and then we searched for her.

“We had a search party … everybody was searching for mum.”

‘You could see he was worried': Baden-Clay daughter

In court this morning, the jury also saw a police interview with the Baden-Clay’s eldest daughter, recorded on June 27, 2012, in which she was asked if she remembered any of the conversations she had with her father on the morning her mother disappeared.

“He was just trying to be confident for us [and saying, she’ll be back],” she said in the video.

“You could see that he was worried – he was calling people [relatives].

“And then he called the police and as we left to go to school the police arrived.”

She was also asked about the night before when she went to bed, as well as the next night when her mother had gone missing.

The girl said she could not remember hearing anything on those nights.

“Dad went downstairs to get [something] from the downstairs fridge and mum was watching TV but they didn’t say anything that I heard,” she said in the recording.

She also said she did not hear anyone else’s voice or any car noises on that night or the next morning.

Allison Baden-Clay found out about husband’s affair

Yesterday, the court heard Baden-Clay spoke with staff individually about his affair with a colleague.

Three women who worked at the Century 21 Westside real estate office at Taringa where the accused was principal testified their colleague, Toni McHugh, stopped working at the office suddenly in late 2011.

All three women described being called in to a meeting with Gerard Baden-Clay, who explained he had been having an affair with Ms McHugh and that his wife had found out.

Receptionist Gabrielle Cadioli said Baden-Clay had told her he loved Ms McHugh but she could not work at the agency any more.

Assistant property manager Kate Rankin told the court she had known about the affair for several months before Allison became aware of it.

Under cross-examination, Ms Rankin said Baden-Clay was a good boss who was always very pleasant.

The court also heard Baden-Clay sounded very casual on the phone on the morning he reported his wife missing.

Wendy Mollah, a close friend of Allison, told the court she became aware of Baden-Clay’s affair with another woman and told Allison in September 2011.

She said Allison told her later that she had confronted her husband and demanded his mistress leave the business.

Ms Mollah said on the day Mrs Baden-Clay was reported missing in April 2012, she spoke to the accused and he sounded very casual for someone whose wife had disappeared.

Under cross-examination from the defence, Ms Mollah said she last saw her friend three weeks before her disappearance and that Allison was still finding it difficult to deal with her husband’s affair.

The trial will resume on Monday.

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