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
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
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.
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.