scroll down for our well known member and world class photographer GerryRocks coverage of the outpouring of support for Allison and a demand for justice. The DPP are going to appeal this joke of a downgrade -Robbo
QUEENSLAND’S Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal Gerard Baden-Clay’s manslaughter verdict.
Baden-Clay, who was last year sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife Allison, had his murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter in a shock appeal ruling earlier this month, sparking community anger.
DPP Michael Byrne QC will make an application to the High Court seeking special leave to appeal the Court of Appeal decision.
The Courier-Mail exclusively revealed yesterday that Mr Byrne had privately told the Queensland Government he will appeal to the High Court to reinstate Baden-Clay’s murder conviction.
“I have been advised that the DPP intends to file the application when the High Court registry opens on Monday 4 January,” Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said in a statement on Wednesday. (scroll down for her full statement)
This will give the DPP 28 days to lodge an outline of argument with the High Court.
The defence will then be given 21 days to outline its argument before the High Court schedules a date to hear the applications.
Mr Byrne had advised Allison’s family of the decision to appeal on Wednesday morning after finalising his decision on Tuesday, Ms D’Ath said.
In its shock ruling, the Court of Appeal argued the jury that convicted Baden-Clay of murder last year couldn’t have known beyond reasonable doubt that he intended to kill Allison.
The decision outraged the community, with more than 100,000 people signing an online petition requesting the Queensland Attorney-General to file an appeal.
Thousands of people have also gathered in Brisbane’s CBD over the past fortnight to protest against the manslaughter verdict
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said today: “I have been advised that the Director of Public Prosecutions has advised the Dickie family this morning that he will be making an application to the High Court seeking special leave to appeal the recent Court of Appeal decision that saw Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter. This has been the result of the DPP finalising his decision yesterday.
Thousands have attended a rally to protest the downgrading of Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder conviction.
“I have been advised that the DPP intends to file the application when the High Court registry opens on Monday 4 January 2016. The process then provides the DPP with 28 days to lodge an outline of argument with the High Court. The defence will then have a further 21 days to do the same.
“Subject to these processes being finalised, the High Court will then schedule a date to hear the applications.
“Given this legal process is underway, I will not be making any further comment in relation to this matter.
G’day folks, it’s been awhile! A picture paints a thousand words!
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we’d have a scene played out like the one on Friday. The Court Of Appeal’s decision has left most with a bad taste in their mouths, many questioning the justice system. I couldn’t let Friday pass by without attending and the capturing images. It was so wonderful to see the community of Brisbane come together and rally behind Allison’s family and friends, also giving support the victims of domestic violence.