Baden-Clay brief of evidence complete
ALL 466 statements in the murder case against Gerard Baden-Clay have now been finalised, a court has heard.
Lawyers for the accused wife killer appeared before the Brisbane Magistrates Court today where it was revealed the brief of evidence is now complete and five outstanding statements have been handed in.
The matter will return to court on November 5 for a mention and again on November 20 when applications will be made for the cross examining of witnesses.
“I would anticipate that there would be quite detailed submissions,” defence counsel Darren Mahony told the court.
Baden-Clay has been charged with murdering his wife Allison and interfering with her corpse.
The mother-of-three was reported missing on the morning of April 20 when Baden-Clay told police she had failed to return from a morning walk.
Her body was found 10 days later on the banks of the Kholo Creek.
Baden-Clay’s defence receives key statements
September 24, 2012 – 11:55AM
The brief of evidence against accused murderer Gerard Baden-Clay has been completed, with the addition of five statements that are of major significance to the case.
The final material includes the results of the autopsy, forensic computer analysis and financial analysis as well as a hydrology report and a statement from the principal police investigator, prosecutor Danny Boyle told Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.
Mr Boyle said the brief, containing 466 witness statements, was “voluminous” and requested the court to allow both parties nearly two months to reach an agreement upon which witnesses would be called at trial and cross-examined.
Mr Baden-Clay was arrested in June and charged with murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay, the mother of their three children, whose body was found by a canoeist in Kholo Creek 10 days after he reported her missing in April.
The 41-year-old real estate agent has been remanded in custody since then. He was not in court today.
In the brief mention of the case today, Mr Baden-Clay’s defence lawyer Darren Mahony said he was confident an agreement could be reached between the parties about the cross-examination of certain witnesses by November 5.
The hearing for the application to cross-examine witnesses has tentatively been scheduled for November 20, but the matter is listed again for mention on November 5.
Court documents have previously revealed that Mr Baden-Clay’s debts totalled about $1 million. It is alleged he stood to gain about $960,000 from his wife’s life insurance and superannuation policies.
Mrs Baden-Clay’s father Geoffrey Dickie won control of his late daughter’s estate earlier this month after producing evidence that his son-in-law had arranged, from his prison cell, the sale of a Paradise Point home the couple owned.