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. 

Four Days to talk about GBC Trial-What now?


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

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


 

All previous threads and history including trial can be found clicking on link below http://aussiecriminals.com.au/category/gerard-baden-clay/

List of Trial Witnesses as they appear here

ANY EVIDENCE LIKE PHOTOS, VIDEO OR DOCUMENTS THE COURT RELEASES TO THE PUBLIC WILL BE PUBLISHED in the GBC Documents Page

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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UPDATE-Gerard Baden-Clay will return to court on September 3 2012


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

One (26/04/12) here Two (14/05/12)  here Three (17/05/12) here Four (20/05/2012) here Five  (23/05/12) here Six (26/05/12) here Seven (28/05/12) here Eight (30/0512) here Nine (02/06/12) here Ten (08/06/12) here Eleven (11/06/12) here  Twelve 13/06/12 here Thirteen 17/06/12 here Fourteen 20/06/12 here Fifteen 22/06/12 here Sixteen 24/06/12 here Seventeen 26/06/12 here

A MAGISTRATE said he was “flabbergasted” that police would need four to five months to scour Gerard Baden-Clay’s finances – a process set to delay court proceedings.

The Money trail will take months to unravel

Prosecutor Danny Boyle told Magistrate Chris Callaghan they would be unable to give Baden-Clay’s defence team the full brief of evidence because an investigative accountant would need until mid November to analyse bank accounts and insurance policies.

Baden-Clay, 41, who did not appear today, is charged with murdering his wife Allison on April 19 and dumping her body on the banks of a creek.

An earlier court hearing was told Baden-Clay is $1 million in debt and stood to gain about that from his wife’s life insurance and superannuation policies.

Mr Boyle said police were also waiting on computer and phone examinations, as well as post mortem results.

“The post mortem tests are outstanding … the forensics pathologist was away last week and this week until Wednesday,” he said.

A recent court hearing heard police still do not have a cause of death.

Police have so far taken statements from 330 people and still have another 50 to 100 to go.

“The investigative accountant is still to come,” Mr Boyle said.

“The accountant has indicated that it will be mid November.”

Magistrate Callaghan said he was shocked it could take so long.

“You’re joking, aren’t you,” he said.

“I can’t believe for a minute that it’s going to take five months for an accountant to look into the finances of one person.”

Mr Boyle said the records were “voluminous”.

Magistrate Callaghan ordered that the brief of evidence be handed to the defence by no later than August 20, except for the accountant’s statement.

The matter will return to court on September 3 for a committal mention.

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Gerard Baden-Clay-How does the Puzzle look on MOTIVE?


Murder shall be taken to have been committed where the act of the accused, or thing by him or her omitted to be done, causing the death charged, was done or omitted with reckless indifference to human life, or with intent to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm upon some person, or done in an attempt to commit, or during or immediately after the commission, by the accused, or some accomplice with him or her, of a crime…

This high profile case has captured the imagination of everybody it seems. From the day Allison went missing,  the suspicious behaviour of her husband, to the search, The discovery of her body, The funeral, The investigation, The media, and Arrest which came from nowhere and then the Bail application, the Bomb Threat, then Bail was denied and now GBC is on remand in Jail

So here we are many months later and what do we have. We obviously have a highly circumstantial case of Murder against Gerard Baden-Clay at the moment.

I think any ONE aspect taken in isolation could be seen to be suspicious.

But as one links all the pieces together they start to paint a much bigger picture.

Means, Motive, and Opportunity is a popular cultural summation of the three aspects of a crime needed to convince a jury of guilt in a criminal proceeding. Respectively, they refer to: the ability of the defendant to commit the crime (means), the reason the defendant had to commit the crime (motive), and whether or not the defendant had the chance to commit the crime (opportunity). Opportunity is most often disproved by use of an alibi, which can prove the accused was not able to commit the crime as he or she did not have the correct set of circumstances to commit the crime. Ironically, motive is not an element of many crimes, but proving motive can often make it easier to convince a jury of the elements that must be proved for a conviction. Furthermore, a showing of the presence of these three elements is not, in and of itself, sufficient to convict beyond a reasonable doubt; the evidence must prove that an opportunity presented was indeed taken by the accused and for the crime with which he or she is charged.

Motive, that being the massive financial debt, the affairs and the promise to leave his wife to his mistress, Toni McHugh.

Opportunity, did Gerard have the opportunity to murder his wife. Could of someone else done it? Was he helped in anyway?

Means, if he did murder her, How did he go about it. How was she killed?, where was she killed?, When did it happen?, Where was she taken? The list goes on.

The pieces of clues to this puzzle are significant and reach wide. We are going to have a go at documenting them right here folks UNDER THE FOLLOWING HEADINGS

MOTIVE

that being the massive financial debt, the affairs and the promise to leave his wife to his mistress, Toni McHugh.

PLEASE KEEP ALL DISCUSSION ON THIS THREAD TO THIS SUBJECT ONLY

I will use my discretion and delete irrelevant comments

MOTIVE thread

OPPORTUNITY thread

MEANS thread