Gerard Baden-Clay Murder Trial – Day 11 – 26TH June, 2014

Day 11

OUR REPORTS ARE IN DETAIL, UPDATED AS IT HAPPENS, FROM OTHER DIRECT SOURCES

THURSDAY, 26TH JUNE, 2014.

Packed courtroom

A long line of people having been turned away

Daily Telegraph

Baden-Clay will be “called upon”.  He has the right to choose to not take the stand or call witnesses.

 Interstate journalists have joined the Queensland media, with the trial being live streamed on large television sets.

 

Jury is walking in.  GBC in same outfit, dark glasses, with a yellow spotted tie, emotionless, occasionally sipping from a cardboard cup, he is articulate.

 

COURT IS IN SESSION………

 ************* BREAKING NEWS ***************

Baden-Clay is going to give evidence under oath.

 

Byrne, “Gerard will tell the jury that he did not drive back to Kholo Creek having walked through the mud.  He did not leave his girls alone.  He will tell the jury he did not carry his wife’s body down the muddy slope”.

Byrne, “Gerard will give details of what did occur on 18, 19, and 20th April, 2012.  Gerard will tell the jury about his relationship with Allison.  Gerard will talk openly and frankly about the affair with TMcH and with other women.  Gerard will tell the jury he planned to stay with Allison, and that he would not do anything to jeopardise his relationship with his daughters.”

Byrne, “Gerard will talk about Allison’s diary, with the questions crossed out where once she had asked and he’d answered.  Gerard will tell how he and Allison drove to Mt Cootha together to discuss her questions.  Gerard will say the relationship was never one of raised voices or violence, that when the affair was discovered, Allison called Gerard and said, “we need to talk.”  When Allison found out about the affair, they met at McDonalds.  Allison asked, “Are you having an affair?”.  Gerard replied, “Yes, I am”.  Allison stepped out of the car and sat on the kerb.  Gerard got out and sat next to her and they then talked.  He said that is how their relationship worked.”

Byrne, “Allison told Gerard when they were at McDonalds that he had a decision to make.  “Her or me”.  Gerard chose Allison, Allison said that there would be conditions and that Toni had to go.  Gerard told people in the office what had happened and Toni’s desk was cleared.  The affair wasn’t forgotten it was a sore topic.  None of those months after the affair were discovered between them.  On 19th April, 2012, “Things went as they did in the Baden-Clay household.”  Both went to work, they chatted about children.”

Byrne, “We will go through phone records and Gerard will explain the calls.”  Allison came home on 19th April and they talked about their days.  Allison had some follow up questions about the affair from the night before.  Allison was wearing pyjamas when Gerard went to bed.  “He doesn’t know what happened, if she came to bed with him or not, or slept out on the lounge, he doesn’t know what happened, but as I’ve aid to you he will tell you in depth what happened and walk you through what occurred the next day and in the days following.”

Byrne, “He will say “Toni lost it” about the real estate conference, as it wasn’t unusual for Toni to be volatile.”

Byrne, “That night (Allison) got a hairdressing appointment. She goes off and does that. He has to go to a parent teacher night”

“There were phone calls between them”

“They get home, nothing untoward.”

“They sit down and they talk about it, what’s happened that day. They talk about cross country because Allison hadn’t been able to attend. They talked about the parent teacher meeting and they talked about the sleep over.”

“She had a few follow up questions from the night before.”

“He answered accordingly, and as you’ve heard him tell various people at various times he went to bed.

“Allison was in her pyjamas. She was wearing a check pyjama top and bottoms and thick socks.”

Byrne, “Defence will call a psychologist to give evidence, Dr Mark Shramm who will talk about self harm.  A forensic toxicologist will also be called to the stand who will talk about serotonin syndrome.

Byrne, “The time lapse will allow the jury to see movement/volume of water and debris that is carried along Kholo Creek.  The jury will see how plants and leaves could become lodged in her hair as she lay there.”

Footage:  Time lapse photography of Kholo Creeks’ tide rising and falling.

Byrne, “Watch the amount of debris moving along the creek.”

Byrne, “Gerard never really connected with Allison’s family.  A year later, Gerard proposed that he and Allison planned their life together and that they enjoy a lengthy overseas holiday, which was supposed to be the journey of a lifetime before they had children.  They visited KL, the Maldives, and Western Europe.  They were both high achievers.  They worked in London.  The both had volunteer positions at an International Scouting Centre in the summer in Switzerland, that they were excited about.   They left for South America.

They had their vaccinations, including an anti-malarial medication, they were advised that there weren’t any potential side effects, as the medication is only concerning for people predisposed to mental health conditions.

Editor:  Ohhhh what c&&&&PPPPPPPPP

Byrne, “Gerard will tell you that trip turned into an emotional roller coaster.  Allison started to have  severe mood swings, there were days when she wouldn’t leave her room.  The next day Allison would be fine.

Byrne, “They travelled to Switzerland and stayed in the Alps, where there was heavy snowfall.  Gerard will tell the jury that Allison reacted to threat of an avalanche and was in a deep depression.  They came home at Christmas and were preparing to return to Switzerland; however, they were both offered jobs at home.  Allison gave up work to have a baby, and Gerard was made redundant.  Allison became “insular” and didn’t want to socialize as much, Gerard took on the role of looking after the household.

Gerard took a trip with his brother which had to be cut short to come home to Allison, there was not a diagnosis at this point.  Allison was becoming worse.  GBC was working from home in the garage in 2002, he said that she had panic attacks if he wasn’t in the house.  Allison would faint during the panic attacks, she had one while driving, she passed out once she’d pulled the car over.  They battled on as a private couple and wouldn’t talk about Allison’s condition, whatever it was.”

Allison had a miscarriage at the end of 2002 which didn’t assist her depression and ongoing panic attacks.  They were both very happy when Allison fell pregnant again and they had another daughter.  Allison phoned GBC’s mother for help and was referred to a doctor.  The first time Allison consulted with a psychologist was in 2003, as “why would you?”.  Allison was given Zoloft and continued to visit her doctor.  Gerard had trouble understanding what was wrong and how to manage it.  When Allison was pregnant with their second child, he decided to work in Real Estate.  He would then by hope at 5:00pm every day for “Happy Hour”.  Gerard would feed and bathe the girls and Allison would go to bed most days.

The real estate business won a local award in its first year.  The business was going forward but his relationship with Allison was deteriorating.  Allison “desperately” wanted another child, a son, as there weren’t any male BC’s, GBC didn’t.   In the context of “that background” he had an affair with Michelle Hammond.  Gerard was ashamed and got out of the affair and agreed to have another baby with Allison.   Allison was excited about the pregnancy and things were looking up.  Allison became anxious in her third trimester and went to see her doctor again.  Gerard contacted the doctor to warn him that they were having another girl and Allison would be upset.  Allison was almost shocked when she had the baby, a girl, but bonded with her.

Gerard borrowed money from a friend and decided to take on partners in the real estate business, with one of the partners being Phil Broom.  At the time, Allison was throwing her energies into the children, and Gerard thought that it was great.  The downside was that Allison was often tired.  A third partner came on board, Jocelyn Frost.  While the business was going well, the relationship was not.

GBC developed a closeness with colleague Toni McHugh which turned physical in 2008.  GBC was flattered, being acknowledged.  Gerard will acknowledge to the jury that he enjoyed the physical relationship.  Toni then decided to leave her partner; however, she become more demanding, telling him he should leave Allison to be with her, that continued for about three years.

GBC told Toni that he would not leave his wife and three children.  In 2009, the three business partners were in place.  GBC enjoyed  the excitement of the thrill of the affair but constantly wrestled with his conscience.

Allison started attending counselling sessions, GBC didn’t reveal the affair but they did begin to communicate.

Business was going well with new cars, holidays, designer clothes, anything seemed possible at that stage, it seemed that the money would never run out.  The business partners decided that they needed more staff and a bigger office.

Things were going along fine, they were due to move to their Taringa office in December, 2010.

In early 2011 the business started to feel some financial pressures.

On the home front, things had become easier, there was a routine, Allison was feeling better.  GBC was on the P&C was a board member of the kindergarten, he cooked and made lunches.

GBC went to a conference in Sydney and had a brief but sexual relationship with another woman.

The Taringa real estate office was set to open on 19th January with a sales team of 25, then the floods hit.  It was a devastating event for a heavily staffed real estate office.  Phil and Jocelyn wanted to put the business into receivership, Phil felt the pressure so he sold his share.  That is when GBC spoke to his friends, he wasn’t asking for a handout, he wanted his friends to invest.  GBC bought Phil and Jocelyn out for $1 each, both initially stayed on as estate agents.  In September/October GBC received a phone call from Allison saying that she needed to speak to him  urgently.  Gerard confessed to the affair but told Allison that his decision was to stay in the marriage.

Gerard met Toni to tell her it was over and she, unlike Allison, “lost it”.  Toni yelled, called him a lowlife, eventually he left and went back to the office and told his staff what had happened.  GBC told them he’d had an affair with Toni and she wouldn’t be returning.  GBC was relieved it was in the open.  GBC told the school principal he’d had an affair and that it was back on with his wife.  Allison told GBC if he was willing to recommit to the relationship, she would as well.  GBC didn’t have any communication with Toni  until Christmas, he wanted to tell her that he was sorry for the way things ended, they met for coffee.  GBC and Toni continued to  have some contact.

GBC downsized his car and sublet part of the office, Allison came to work in the business.  GBC believed he and Allison were making strategic decisions together on the future of the business.

Gerard approached Bruce Flegg for money and Flegg said he didn’t have the money but to ask again.  GBC was still optimistic, he was confident he would borrow money on time.  Allison had the password for GBC’s phone, and would check his messages, calls and emails every day.  Allison would take GBC’s phone when he arrived at home and would give it back in the morning.

Byrne, “Gerard and Toni resumed contact via text and email and occasionally met up.   Gerard would appease Toni when she pressured him to leave her, he didn’t intend to leave Allison.  GBC gave Toni a date but didn’t intend to stick to it, the last time they had physical relations was in late January, early February, 2012, he had recommenced his physical relationship with his wife.

After that, GBC and Allison attended counselling and his physical relationship with his wife resumed, after that GBC and Allison were in counselling sessions and agreed to the venting process, they had a go at it on the Monday night and revisited it on 18th April.  GBC couldn’t go out at night so he would sit at home with Allison and talk.  On 18th April, they asked NandEBC to babysit and they drove to Mt Coot-tha with the journal, where GBC answered Allison’s questions.  “Were you scared of being seen? ” GBC responded with “Yes, I was always nervous.  To put it bluntly the Prado was the car used by GBC for trysts with TMcH.

GBC told his wife that he would go to the cinema at the Barracks with TMcH because he didn’t think he’d be seen.  Allison asked about whether TMcH felt bad because he was married, he said she did.  GBC told her he regretted the affair very much indeed,  he wished it had never started.  Gerard will tell the jury he went to bed on 19th April, leaving Allison on the lounge in her pyjamas.

AFTERNOON OF 19TH APRIL

01.  Hair appointment – Allison

02.  Pick up girls from school  – GBC

03.  Taking turns to say goodnight to girls – Allison and GBC

04.  Watched TV together that night and spoke about the next day’s plans.

05.  Gerard had no memory of plugging in his phone to charge in the middle of the night.  “The normal practice” was for Allison to have his phone at night.

06.  Gerard didn’t tell Allison about Toni going to the same real estate conference the following day.

07.  Gerard will tell the jury that he was in a rush and cut himself shaving.

08.  As the morning progressed, GBC became concerned  that Allison was missing, he texted her and then phoned his parents.

09.  GBC tried to call the police three times that morning, he tried an officer he knew at Indooroopilly, a 1300 number and 000.

10.  GBC promised the girls that their mum would be home by the time they were home from school.

11.  GBC was  happy to assist police, it wasn’t until his father said, “This isn’t like a missing person’s case” that the lawyer was called.

12.  Police seemed to become more suspicious because GBC had spoken to a lawyer.

13.  GBC tried to make Allison’s parents feel at home when they arrived, they appeared upset, understandably

14.  Allison’s parents left with police to make statements.

15.  GBC left the house when police made it a crime scene, both GBC and OW attended the command post.

16.  GBC was advised to see doctors about the scratches on his face.

17.  GBC didn’t have any knowledge on what happened to Allison.

18.  GBC wasn’t feeling any particular stress at the time.

19.  GBC thought the marriage counselling was positive.

 

Gerard Baden-Clay has been called to the stand.

Defence, “Is Allison June Baden-Clay your wife?”

GBC, “Indeed.”

Defence, “How long have you been married?”

GBC, “………….” (wrong answer?)

Defence, “Did you kill  your wife?”

GBC, “No I did not.”

Defence, “did you dispose of her body and clean up afterwards?”

GBC, “No, we were planning on spending the rest of our lives together.”

GBC, “In my mind I did not have a relationship with Toni.  I got the scratches when I was shaving.  I wasn’t ever scratched by my wife.”

Byrne: “Did you fight with her on the evening of the 19th?”

GBC, “No I did not.”

Byrne, “Or the morning of the 20th?”

GBC, “No I did not.”

Byrne, “Did you leave your children to go to the Kholo Creek bridge?”

GBC, “Definitely not. Never.”

Bryne, “Did you ever do a clean-up of the house?”

GBC, “No.”

 

GBC is listing his community roles.  He is talking about meeting his wife when they were working at Flight Centre.  Allison was “Miss Brisbane”.  GBC is talking about working as an accountant before moving to Flight Centre.  “I have a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in accounting. My Flight Centre Office was the number one in Queensland,” He spoke about Flight Centre’s core values.  He said that he progressed from a sales consultant.  “I did very well.  I was regularly a top performer.  In 1995 Flight Centre opened a 24  hour division and I was asked to start that as a national manager.  Allison was on the floor above, she was Qld human resources manager.  I was quite good with computers, Allison had a problem with her computer and I helped her.  She had more and more problems with her computer.  I played match maker with my now brother-in-law Ian, it didn’t work.  I was pleased.  We started dating that weekend.  Allison’s mother’s family is large and they have a big Christmas.  I remember meeting her family that Christmas.

I fell in love with her (he is crying, having broken down in the witness box).

I fell in love with her pretty much straight away, I felt a level of emotional attachment to Allison, far deeper than I’ve ever experienced before, she was the one.  I felt so in love with her, I knew I wanted to marry her.

I spoke with my father about whether I should ask Allison or her father first, Dad told me to ask Allison.  I proposed under the Eiffel Tower at Park Road at Milton.  Allison was completely taken by surprise and asked for a week to think about it.  She said “yes” after a week.

When we returned home, I dropped Allison at the shops and went to see her parents.  I told them that we were getting married, and her parents were delighted.  In 1996 we were travelling in New Zealand in a campervan.  It was there that we came up with a business idea for personal development.  We were married in Brisbane at a church in Kangaroo Point.

We had an opportunity to  have an extravagant three month overseas honeymoon.  We spent ten days in an exclusive resort in the Maldives.  We had cleared customs, our families called down to us to say that Princess Di had died.”

Gerard is talking about their trip to Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, North Western Europe, The Netherlands,  Germany and Switzerland.  He is talking about the International Scouts Centre in Switzerland that he and Allison visited.  He said that he had visited there before.  “It is the most magical place in the world”.  We applied for work there.  We stayed with my grandparents while we found jobs in the UK.  The job I found paid very, very, well and the job Allison found paid “hardly anything.”

Allison lived a “Monopoly Board” lifestyle in London, exploring and seeing shows.  We stayed for six months before returning to Switzerland to work at the scout centre.  It was fabulous, a wonderful experience, we flew home after two weeks for a friend’s wedding.  It was that week in between that they visited the traveler’s medical centre for vaccinations.  Neither of us had been to South America before and had never had to deal with malaria before.   We decided to take Larium because it was a weekly dose.  We were warned about risks for people with mental health problems.  Allison and I looked at each other and said, “that’s not us”.   The medication had no effect on me but a dramatic effect on Allison.  We went on a truck tour where you camp and stay in  hotels.  It started in Rio and ended in Ecuador.

At that time, some of those places were pretty unsettled.  We had travelled to unsettled places before.  Allison was unsettled about the security in Rio, she was cautious and nervous.  I’ve always been naturally protective of Allison, I remember her being anxious. 

Editor:  So?  Rio can be dangerous – where is this heading?

The trip continued, Allison’s mood fluctuated, I didn’t really know what depression was, it wasn’t talked about.  The truck tour was a fairly close environment, social activities all the time, playing cards and games.  We stopped at a town and Allison couldn’t get out of bed at all.  She was sometimes fully engaged and at other times completely withdrawn.

The next day she’d wake normally as if nothing had happened, I was delighted but confused.  At the end of the tour we stayed with friends, I remember there was a day when Allison was normal, a day when she was  not right.  We were staying near an active volcano.  I thought Allison was having trouble staying in a town near a volcano.  I cared about her, I didn’t want to interrogate her, I just didn’t know what was wrong.

Another time on a yacht Allison became anxious and didn’t want to be involved in anything.  (GBC is going on about other incidences).

Then she crashed , she got to a point where she was not good at all.”  I took Allison to hospital where doctors said her mood-swings would abate after she stopped taking the anti-malarial drug Lariam.  This is when we became aware that the medication could be causing the problem.  After spending Christmas in the UK, we went back to the scout centre in Switzerland.  It was a nine month position with “pocket money” pay.  Allison initially seemed better, the area had the highest snowfalls in 100 years.   We were in an area that was a high risk of avalanche.  We were relocated to a hotel.  Allison did not respond well to that situation at all, there were times I guess she had paranoia, that the sky was falling in.  I covered her by saying she was not well, had a cold, a headache, that sort of thing.

She went off work for a couple of days, people died in avalanches in the area.  I was looking at applying for the director’s position at the scout centre, we went off to do a training course.

We returned home for Christmas in 1999, while we were at home, we both were offered good opportunities at Flight Centre.  I was asked to be involved in the internet side of the business as it was being developed.  This meant our plans to return to Switzerland were put aside.

Allison is two years older than I, she was 31, 32, we would like to have a family.  She was much better than she had been, she was pretty much recovered from those episodes.  She was a little more fragile than she was before, she found things with work a bit stressful.  As my job was so good, we could afford for Allison to stop working.  We found a three bedroom townhouse near my parent’s home.  In August, I was made redundant, my boss and I were the first Flight Centre people to be made redundant.  At this point, both Allison and I were unemployed.

(Didn’t Allison say in her diary that she gave up her career for GBC?)

We both had a number of shares in Flight Centre, we sold a bunch of our shares on 11th September worried that the terror attack would hit the travel industry.

After the birth of our first daughter, Allison’s anxiety returned.

I had organized to lead an overseas tour and I was doing a remote first aid course when September 11 (2001) happened.  Allison was not great, not right, immediately after that.  It was a progressive thing, that became worse.  I set up an office in our garage, Allison would have a panic attack if I left the house.  Allison was desperately keen to breastfeed the baby.

I was doing everything in the home as Allison was in a depressed state that wouldn’t really enable her to do anything.  I wired an intercom from the garage to the house so she could call me if she needed me.  She would slide it across so that I could hear what was happening in the house.

If Allison was sleeping on the lounge, I could hear if the baby had woken up.  Allison’s behavior became progressively worse in 2002.  I visited my brother in Europe for a couple of weeks over Christmas, and I returned early.  Allison was with her parents, I had a real sense that she wasn’t coping too well.  Adam and I came home.

Despite his wife’s mental state Mr Baden-Clay said he agreed to travel overseas with his brother Adam.

Allison had a miscarriage soon after, she had become very, very, anxious.  It came to a head when she told me that she was feeling very anxious and faint and I  had to pull over on the side of the road.  She passed out at the wheel.  Our daughter, aged about one, was in the car.   Allison felt very uncomfortable about driving anywhere so she stopped driving.  She was very, very, nervous, even as a passenger.

Going to the airport was a real challenge.  Allison was very keen to have more children, when she was pregnant for the second time she was flat.  She spoke to my mum about how she felt, as she didn’t want to talk to  her parents about it.  I can tell you 100% why I didn’t tell anybody, I was protecting my beautiful wife.

Edit:  Allison lost her baby……. of course she was upset.

Allison didn’t want to be seen as incapable.  I asked Allison to see a doctor that mum recommended, Allison was five months pregnant with our second child.  The doctor gave us a referral to a psychiatrist who had experience in depression relating to pregnancies.

I drove Allison for a long time to those appointments, probably a year.  I attended her appointments with her for the first few months.

The doctor talked with Allison about her childhood anxiety problems, he had not been aware of them.  Allison was a very gifted ballerina as a child and felt under considerable pressure.  I was gun shy after the experiences with Larium when it was recommended that Allison begin anti-depressants.   After discussing it together, we agreed with the doctor’s advice and Allison began on Zoloft.  We were told that a possible side effect from Zoloft could be more anxiety and loss of libido.

It wasn’t immediate, but over weeks and months  Allison did start to improve.  She had less episodes of anxiety and panic attacks.  The panic attacks were frightening.  Her whole body would shake she’d lose control of her body.   The depression was more Allison lying low, curled up and quiet.  Over time this became less and less.

We both, Allison and I, believed strongly in the power of positive thinking.  She got benefits from the doctor’s sessions, the medication and the feeling that we were doing something.”

With regard to income in 2001.  “We weren’t taking business class trips around the world every couple of months and we weren’t moving forward” Gerard said.

This is the time when I decided to go into real estate and start making some decent money.  My parents and I did a real estate course.  I interviewed all the real estate agents in the area before deciding where to work.  I worked locally to be available to Allison, I often had to drop everything and go home and help her.  My parents and I sold homes in the area, we were very good.

 

COURT ADJOURNED UNTIL MONDAY AT 10:00AM

 

 

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206 thoughts on “Gerard Baden-Clay Murder Trial – Day 11 – 26TH June, 2014

  1. It would be really great to hear Gerb explain how and when Allison’s blood appeared in their new Captiva. He should remember cause it was only 2 month’s old.

    Also if he slept through so solidly and didn’t know if Allison was in bed or not, how he managed to place his phone on the charger in the early morning hours.

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    • Hi ICanCU we missed you.

      I agree with you and well said.

      Let us hope GBC takes the stand, I am about to start typing.

      The courtroom is apparently packed with a long line of people having been turned away.

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  2. Lying by omission again:

    (Someone else looked after the girls, NBC could have driven back, again, no specifics, no direct and honest statements:

    Byrne, “Gerard will tell the jury that he did not drive back to Kholo Creek having walked through the mud. He did not leave his girls alone. He will tell the jury he did not carry his wife’s body down the muddy slope”.

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  3. Byrne, “We will go through phone records and Gerard will explain the calls.”

    Moonlight comment: Anyone met Colonel Snow or joined the society?

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  4. Byrne, “Defence will call a psychologist to give evidence, Dr Mark Shramm who will talk about self harm. A forensic toxicologist will also be called to the stand who will talk about serotonin syndrome.

    GBC stated to the police the morning Allison went missing that she didn’t self harm, etc.

    Which is it?

    will the crown pick up the different stories and point them out?

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  5. All of the below is well and good; however, the crown established that the water didn’t reach Allison.

    Byrne, “The time lapse will allow the jury to see movement/volume of water and debris that is carried along Kholo Creek. The jury will see how plants and leaves could become lodged in her hair as she lay there.”

    Footage: Time lapse photography of Kholo Creeks’ tide rising and falling.

    Byrne, “Watch the amount of debris moving along the creek.”

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  6. Byrne is setting up character:

    The crown should have done the same as I keep saying:

    Byrne, “Gerard never really connected with Allison’s family. A year later, Gerard proposed that he and Allison planned their life together and that they enjoy a lengthy overseas holiday, which was supposed to be the journey of a lifetime before they had children. They visited KL, the Maldives, and Western Europe. They were both high achievers. The worked in London.

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  7. Byrne says there was a spark, they started dating. Says Gerard “never really connected with Allison’s family”.

    I guess the Dickies were on the ball ….

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    • I’m reading this and seeing red flags everywhere. He’s portraying himself (not unexpectedly) as a calm, rational being surrounded by incapable women who need his help. Toni is “volatile”, Allison is “depressed”. These blokes never see their behaviour as any kind of causative factor.

      Not that this was anything I didn’t expect from his defence. I expect it will shortly be torn to shreds.

      It sounds like he worked very hard to isolate her from everyone, particularly in the beginning of the relationship. If her family was wary of him, I can see why that might be.

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  8. Perhaps GBC stopped giving Allison loving attention, as per her diary, “I wish he’d make love to me” she said, and GBC is turning it around to this:

    “Allison gave up work to have a baby, and Gerard was made redundant. Allison became “insular” and didn’t want to socialize as much, Gerard took on the role of looking after the household.”

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  9. Gerard went into business with his parents. He would be home at 5pm every day for “happy hour”.

    Oh Goody we must be about to be told of his ” Happy Hour With Toni “

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  10. How convenient:

    “Allison would faint during the panic attacks, she had one while driving, she passed out once she’d pulled the car over. They battled on as a private couple and wouldn’t talk about Allison’s condition, whatever it was.”

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  11. Defence’s reason for GBC’s affair (when will we hear from GBC by the way??????) He seems to have a lot of talking for him being done, hmmmm wonder why?

    “The real estate business won a local award in its first year. The business was going forward but his relationship with Allison was deteriorating. Allison “desperately” wanted another child, a son, as there weren’t any male BC’s, GBC didn’t. In the context of “that background” he had an affair with Michelle Hammond.”

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  12. Byrne says Gerard told Toni he would not leave Allison and the children ..

    The prosecution already established via an email from Bruce Overland that Gerard would be free by July !st

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        • Hi melbomartin,

          You are right, 1st July was the significant date that the Defence tried to push aside as inconsequential, with GBC giving evidence that TMcH didn’t mean anything in his mind (of course removing motive) with GBC saying that he just chose a date, to shut TMcH up, really.

          I hate to mention what they said, but GBH went to extremes to excuse his affairs, blaming the side affect of Zoloft and how it affected Allison, so he could have an affair (I think the timing was that Allison was pregnant). Low, low, low.

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  13. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING! No shame,

    “GBC told Toni that he would not leave his wife and three children. In 2009, the three business partners were in place. GBC enjoyed the excitement of the thrill of the affair but constantly wrestled with his conscience.”

    OUR SUPERMAN………….. we look up to you………

    The jury surely, can see through all this?

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  14. Why did GBC not provide a house? Why didn’t he save money for a deposit? He is being made out to be a hero, and they are “snowing” people.

    Why didn’t they buy many rental properties with this money? He said he is an accountant – where are the brains? ohhhh that is right, we are being “snowed”.

    “Business was going well with new cars, holidays, designer clothes, anything seemed possible at that stage, it seemed that the money would never run out.”

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    • They are making out like the floods were to blame for the business failing. I sense the failure was a long time coming but the floods were just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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      • Yes Melbo, most real estate agents managed to survive yjr aftermath of the flood… Fortunately for them they didn’t measure up to Gerbs exceptionally high standard…

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  15. Yet, in setting up the “fine character” of GBC, they didn’t say that GBC didn’t pay his friends back. Doing that is low:

    “The Taringa real estate office was set to open on 19th January with a sales team of 25, then the floods hit. It was a devastating event for a heavily staffed real estate office. Phil and Jocelyn wanted to put the business into receivership, Phil felt the pressure so he sold his share. That is when GBC spoke to his friends, he wasn’t asking for a handout, he wanted his friends to invest.”

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  16. Byrne says Gerard even told the school principal he’d had an affair but was “back with his wife”.

    Diane says “Sounds more like he was boasting…”

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    • I heard this, too, ages ago. He actually said that (nothing is quiet at Brookfield, lol).

      Amazing, huh?

      In my opinion, he was on the school/kindy committees for his business, not how they are making him out to be.

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  17. Come on, we must all be looking at GBC with understanding and batting eyelids, at what he was put through and how perfect he is. Of course he met up with TMcH, to ONLY say, “I’m sorry”….

    ” Allison told GBC if he was willing to recommit to the relationship, she would as well. GBC didn’t have any communication with Toni until Christmas, he wanted to tell her that he was sorry for the way things ended, they met for coffee. GBC and Toni continued to have some contact.”

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    • He totally is. Textbook case. I feel so sorry for Allison and yes, Toni and anyone else who ever had the misfortune to cross his path. He is a user and a self-promoter. What is all this BS in the defence about what a high achiever he is? Who gives a toss, Gerard? Your achievements do not define you but your BEHAVIOUR sure does.

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  18. Byrne says Allison had the password for Gerards phone , would check his messages , calls and emails every day .

    And our Little Sunbeam also gave her access to his Bruce Overland account …

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  19. This is to be expected .. Gerb doesn’t want to spend his life in prison so will say and do anything to get off.. Can’t wait for the blood in the car excuse – I fear it will be disgusting….

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    • It will be interesting to see if things are glossed over, or as you say, ICanCU the type of excuse for the blood in the car.

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  20. You’re correct ICCU however if he had any feelings for Allison and his children he wont allow his defence team to run her down by alluding to things like drug dependence or mental instability as one day the kids will read the transcript of the trial and Allison is not here to defend herself.
    The narcissist in him must be the catalyst in him choosing to testify as i believe this is virtually a no no for those facing murder charges. I’d think his lawyers would’ve advised him not to do so, but he believes he can talk his way out of this.

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    • Yes, and this in itself is very surprising. I am shocked that his defence team didn’t talk him out of it. He is incredibly arrogant to think that he has done his case any favours. If I’d had to sit there and listen to any of this, I would have vomited.

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  21. TMcH was clear, the Prado was not used for sex:

    “Were you scared of being seen? ” GBC responded with “Yes, I was always nervous. To put it bluntly the Prado was the car used by GBC for trysts with TMcH. “

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  22. What a “big puffer fish/man” he is:

    “He is talking about the International Scouts Centre in Switzerland that he and Allison visited. He said that he had visited there before. “It is the most magical place in the world”. We applied for work there. We stayed with my grandparents while we found jobs in the UK. The job I found paid very, very, well and the job Allison found paid “hardly anything.”

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  23. Gerard says the job he found “paid very very well” and the job Allison found “hardly paid anything”

    GBC has to be the greatest ‘ I am ” that i’ve ever come across.

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      • Dear Moonlight – my mood/emotions/reactions to this afternoon’s events have been all over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast.

        But your “Ode To Gerbil” has made me hysterical. It is bloody perfect! Whenever a little nagging doubt creeps into my mind, I will be replay this and be joyful.

        You are truly a gem. (And Mike ain’t a bad sort, either…)

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    • Perfect. This is just what has to come across. The full arrogance of him is on display. It won’t be much of a stretch to see how someone like this could think they would get away with murder.

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  24. Read this one – he has no shame:

    “We decided to take Larium because it was a weekly dose. We were warned about risks for people with mental health problems. Allison and I looked at each other and said, “that’s not us”. The medication had no effect on me but a dramatic effect on Allison.”

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  25. At that time, some of those places were pretty unsettled. We had travelled to unsettled placed before. Allison was unsettled about the security in Rio, she was cautious and nervous. I’ve always been naturally protective of Allison, I remember he being anxious.

    Editor: So? Rio can be dangerous – where is this heading?

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  26. Oh please………

    He could ask any question after her!

    “The next day she’d wake normally as if nothing had happened, I was delighted but confused. At the end of the tour we stayed with friends, I remember there was a day when Allison was normal, a day when she was not right. We were staying near an active volcano. I thought Allison was having trouble staying in a town near a volcano. I cared about her, I didn’t want to interrogate her, I just didn’t know what was wrong.”

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  27. He’s setting up to tell us she was unstable , so much for ” I cared and loved her” as ICCU said ” he’ll do anything to save his sorry ass from a jail cell ” I hope the jury are paying close attention and that the crown blokes are scribbling away readying questions so he can hang himself.

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    • He is, however, travelling like they were would make anyone tired. His defence is built on pettiness, I hope you are right Mike and that there are some jury members there that think for themselves.

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  28. Gerard: I covered for her by saying she was not well, had a cold, a headache, that sort of thing

    OMG … Our Golden Boy tells Porky Pies … well I’m shocked !

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  29. Gerard says she was off work for a couple of days. He said people died in avalanches in the area

    Any wonder Allison was afraid …

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  30. No one will collaborate GBC’s claims of Allison’s alleged instability in Australia, as she is with loved ones. It is very convenient to make his story when they were alone.

    “She was much better than she had been, she was pretty much recovered from those episodes.”

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  31. “She was a little more fragile than she was before, she found things with work a bit stressful. As my job was so good, we could afford for Allison to stop working. We found a three bedroom townhouse near my parent’s home. In August, I was made redundant, my boss and I were the first Flight Centre people to be made redundant. At this point, both Allison and I were unemployed.”

    (Didn’t Allison say in her diary that she gave up her career for GBC?)

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  32. Allison had a miscarriage and became anxious ….

    Gerrid what did you expect her to do , bloody handstands and go out partying , i’ve been through the same and it’s certainly not a joyous time

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  33. This tells me what a gentle and understanding person Allison was. She put up with more than she should have. Would I be anxious if my husband played up on me? YES!!

    ” Gerard will say the relationship was never one of raised voices or violence, that when the affair was discovered, Allison called Gerard and said, “we need to talk.” When Allison found out about the affair, they met at McDonalds. Allison asked, “Are you having an affair?”. Gerard replied, “Yes, I am”. Allison stepped out of the car and sat on the kerb. Gerard got out and sat next to her and they then talked. He said that is how their relationship worked.”

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  34. It will be interesting to see when Allison wrote in her diary that she just want’s “attention” from Gerard as the defence is really trying to dot ‘i’s here:

    “After that, GBC and Allison attended counselling and his physical relationship with his wife resumed, after that GBC and Allison were in counselling sessions and agreed to the venting process, they had a go at it on the Monday night and revisited it on 18th April.”

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    • I’m still coming to grips with the fact that Gerbil has put himself on the stand.

      Stupid, simpering bastard that he is. (Whoops).

      In my humble opinion, I think his defence team would have railed against it. (Perhaps that’s why the previous defence team decamped).

      But those Hyphens:

      Give ’em a podium, a microphone and a captive audience…they simply can’t resist the opportunity to promote their superiority over we ‘common or garden’ mortals, can they?

      Here’s hoping the adage holds true: “Pride before a fall.’ And given that they believe themselves to be at such lofty heights, their fall is going to be bigger than the stock market crash during the global financial crisis.

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      • Dearest GHS,

        You are so very right, “Pride before a Fall”. Juries need more people like our members on them.

        “Hyphens” are performing – do they need a song? lol 😉

        “I’m too sexy for myself, it hurts”. 😀

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  35. Mrs Dickie implied that GBC was controlling, this is the defence’s answer:

    GBC, “I was doing everything in the home as Allison was in a depressed state that wouldn’t really enable her to do anything. I wired an intercom from the garage to the house so she could call me if she needed me. She would slide it across so that I could hear what was happening in the house.”

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  36. Dear Diane and Mike, Diane, here is the answer to your question with regard to timing of the physical relationship between GBC and TMcH:

    GBC and Toni were picking up professional photographs together that Allison had discovered at this time – why did the crown not say this? It is important, as it makes the claim below, mute:

    Byrne, “Gerard and Toni resumed contact via text and email and occasionally met up. Gerard would appease Toni when she pressured him to leave her, he didn’t intend to leave Allison. GBC gave Toni a date but didn’t intend to stick to it, the last time they had physical relations was in late January, early February, 2012, he had recommenced his physical relationship with his wife.”

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  37. Gerard says he went and interviewed all the real estate agents in the area before deciding where to work

    So Gerry conducted interviews to ascertain who was going to be the fortunate one to employ him , what utter BS … i guess we’re lucky he didnt decide to drive a taxi or he be interviewing cabbies to this day … lol
    If the jury had any doubts that he is a control freak this statement surely shows he thinks he’s a cut above us mere mortals.

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    • LOL, Mike, I’d love to know who the all might “Hyphen one” interviewed with. I feel like going and taking a survey to see the responses from the real estate agents, lol 😉

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  38. Gerard says he and his mother and father sold homes in the area “and we were very good”.

    Ahhhhhhh yes , we were so bluddy good that my partners sold me their shares in my BRW listed fast growing enterprise for a dollar a pop …

    I cant wait for episode 2 of the enthralling tale of ” I am the Greatest ”

    Gerard will sleep well as tomorrow he’ll be able to continue with his fictional charade .

    Hope the crown are penning the cross examination questions as they hold the key to his future.

    I will be out most of the day , the good folk of Ballarat

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    • Dear Mike and Diane,

      When do the crown pick Hyphen’s testimony to bits? Hyphen has carte blanche for now, and then when do they have their say?

      Have a good day today 😀 Hugs to Diane.

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    • Oh Mike – hate to disagree with you.

      But Gerbil will be getting little sleep in the lead up to Monday.

      He faces three days of intense coaching, debriefing, media training, role playing etc etc with his defence team.

      Rest assured, he will be put through his paces well and truly. Hope he gets a migraine of gigantic proportions.

      One of the best truisms is that liars need to have exceptionally good memories.

      I’m pretty sure he’s not up to the task.

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      • I agree GHS, Gerbil doesn’t have a good memory, or they would have done a better job on their answers to Allison’s points in her diary.

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  39. OOPS , i think my pc must be chocckers with Bwana BS , as i was saying , the good folk of Ballarat will be lining the streets waving and cheering cos i’m gunna do a GBC and interview each n every diner to ensure the correct eatery gets the pleasure of my company … Whoo Hoo I’m gunna be just like the Arthur Gorringe Gerb ahhhh yes they’ll love me.

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  40. OOOOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOOOO

    I just remembered , the QLD Court system does not operate on Fridays , so no more Bwana Bulldust will be sprinkled upon members of the jury until Monday.

    I’ll just have to listen to the ‘ Ode to Gerbil ‘ over n over …

    BTW , thanks Kate from the Courier Mail , superb tweeting.

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  41. I don’t know how old this photo is, I suspect it is recent, due to the greying hair.

    Chilling?

    Does he remind you of people who have done the same thing, how their eyes change?

    This photo does for me. Some particular people in a cult from the 60’s, their eyes changed to this look.

    Telling? Yes.

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    • Hello Moonlight, yes, those crazy murderer eyes! Chilling indeed! And I noticed when he took the stand yesterday how grey his hair had become… Stress and lies catching up eh “G”

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      • Bellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,

        So lovely to see you 😀

        Thrilled that you are here.

        Bella, tell us more. Did GBC squirm at any point in time? Look down, or anything telling with the body language?

        What about the BC’s? What about OW’s husband?

        You must have had so much to take in.

        😀 Yeah, Bella is here.

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    • I was wondering if anyone else had noticed that both Gerard and Olivia have “dead” eyes – quite reptilian.

      Like there’s no soul in their bodies.

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      • GHS, could they all know “something” now? Are their eyes dead as they are worried that they may be implicated?

        Wish a solicitor would join us and give us some thoughts.

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    • He is cold. But even in photos where he is smiling, the smile does not include his eyes.

      I’ve lost all sense of restraint I realise but I’m not on the jury and they won’t be looking at the internet so …

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      • I have lost all restraint, too melbomartin, as you can see. I actually had to go back and edit when I was typing out the proceedings, as I was adding comments, lol.

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  42. THE QUESTIONS ASKED AND THE REPLIES. Did anyone notice how the questions were formulated by the defence, how the replies by GBC could be taken as lying by omission?

    Please read the careful formulation of the questions by the defence:

    1. “Did you fight with her on the EVENING of the 19th? “

    Answer – no, (GBC could have had an argument then smothered her, not a “fight”)..

    1. Did you at that time (morning of 20th April, 2012) leave your children alone in the house to go to Kholo Creek bridge?


    Answer – no. (He did it on the 19th April, going on the witness statements of screams and thuds and or he could have had someone look after the children, as we surmised. A teacup was left out, (to show Allison had a cup of tea or coffee in the morning) the house was cleaner than normal, a picture frame was missing, etc.). See how the questions are formulated?

    1. “Did you ever take any steps to dispose or conceal Allison’s body?”


    Answer – No – (We know that the body was dumped so if you look down, you can see it, or if you are on the river, you can see it).

    1. “Did you ever do any clean ups of the house?”


    Answer, No – (NBC or someone else could have cleaned up as we have already surmised).

    The questions could have been straight forward, not allowing for lying…

    What do you think?

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  43. Should TMcH be re-called to the stand again?

    GBC said that they didn’t have a “true relationship in his mind” for the purpose of removing motive, although, as I said, they had these huge photographs made, which must be withheld evidence….

    I also recall TMcH’s testimony, “he suggested that we lay low”.

    She said Baden-Clay inferred his wife was “angry and didn’t trust him”.

    She said she would meet Baden-Clay in coffee shops and he would tell her he could “foresee he would be out of the relationship by the end of the year”.

    Will the Crown raise this in their cross examination?

    This soft, soft approach so far, by the Crown, is really bugging me.

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    • Hi Moonlight, yes, I was surprised by the crowns soft approach thus far. I do however believe we will see sparks fly in cross examination next week 🙂

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        • Yes , I too am concerned at the crown’s softly softly approach , a failure to take Gerrid on with guns blazing , bullying him with voice raised and constantly badgering him , sit him on his tail using a description which Tishy would gladly write , upset him by telling him what a failure he is , remind him of his Flight Centre dismissal , then cover his extra marital affairs in plain aussie tell him he’s a ‘usless root rat ‘ who lied to his wife and his lovers and now is using them as a defence … he needs constant reminding that he’s charged with murder and his lovers are free as are those who assisted him and remind him they too are free but he’s the one going down and he’s the one who’ll be locked away for many years … he’ll break , any narcisisst will if you keep hitting them with allegations againt their intelligence …

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          • OOPS , the above posted itself , computers and I dont get along well .. lol
            I was surprised the Judge allowed Gerrid to waffle on about his honeymoon , trips , earning capacity , explaining just what a great husband he was , he did forget to mention he attempted sued The Flight Centre when they dismissed him , the case was settled out of court , however part of his frivolous claim was for furniture storage and home rent. He told the jury he was earning so much he thought the money was endless but he failed to explain why with his huge capacity to earn why he never bought a home for his family.I feel the Judge should have told him all his self praise was not necessary , determining his guilt or innonence to the murder charge he faces over his wifes death.

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  44. Poor judgement and strategy once again by Gerb, Prosecution has 3 days now at least to prepare for cross-examination and then will have the final statement to the jury. A salesman who doesn’t know when to shut up and take advice. He really looks like a crim in the above photo and is where he belongs – narcissistic bully liar cheat who has shat on the people who needed him and given him the most.

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    • Dear ICanCU

      Thanks for this observation. I had been getting too paranoid about the three days available for coaching/role playing within the walls of Arthur Gorrie, that I lost sight of the obvious gift of opportunity for the Crown to “bed down” their case via questions that will hopefully be like bullets and hit the mark.

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  47. USE OF COLOUR IN COURT:

    Is there a reason for the theme of wearing these colours?

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    (Notice that the Baden-Clay men, as per NBC’s testimony, must be depressed. NBC claimed that Allison wore black, so she must be depressed. They are wearing black (sarcasm).

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      • Whoops – be careful Moonlight. I think that a sore back means “honourably discharged”

        But would be delighted to be wrong!

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              • OBW mentioned it in court the day I was there, she was discharged from the army for medical reasons, which was a back injury. Ha ha GHS, that’s funny, being in traction from carrying the weight of being a BC! I think she may well be experiencing that weight right now – the conflict between her Christian beliefs and the wrath of her father to toe the family line! I wonder what happens if GBC is found guilty, whether OBW and NBC will be charged with perjury and with-holding evidence, for what they have concealed from QPS, the courts, not to mention the general public?

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  48. bellabrissie on June 19, 2014
    In my words and lay-interpretation (plain English)…A somewhat Interesting yet boring day in court today where the main emphasis was on those facial marks/scratches with testimonials from Dr Kumar (who GBC saw on the Saturday in an attempt to get her to say the scratches were consistent with razor cuts). Needless to say he lucked out with her too as she basically said it was highly unlikely they were and, in her opinion they appeared more so to be caused from fingernails. The defence however (doing their job in all fairness) asked her if this was conclusive, to which she had to admit they could not be conclusively determined as having been caused from fingernails. Next up was Dr Hoskins who has a Masters in Forensic Medicine and was a Forensic Medical Officer for 14 years. Basically, the same outcome here too that in his educated opinion the abrasions were not likely to have been caused by a razor (which would cut, not cause an abrasion) but rather in line with fingernail scratches. Again, the defence asked if he could conclusively determine they were caused by fingernails to which he said he could not state conclusively. The Forensic Medical Officer Griffin? I think his name is (correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t note his name down) was next and again, the same scenario. Next was a Professor in Forensics from NSW who testified via video link using photographs in his possession (due to the poor quality of the televised photos). He too as the others before him gave a similar explanation.
    Next was Allison’s Psych Dr George from North West Medical Practice Everton Park who said Allison had been a patient fro 23.9.03 until 29.7.09 having had some 31 consultations and approx. 8 or 9 phone consults. At this time, Allison had a two year old child and was pregnant with her second child. In a nutshell in his professional opinion and having conducted a depression scale test, Dr George was of the belief that Allison did not present as a suicide risk.
    Dr George stated that he prescribed 50mg Zoloft for her anxiety and increased it to 100mg as her pregnancy advanced (due to the added blood flow) to keep her anxiety at bay.
    He stated that Allison loved her girls and her husband and wanted to be well. Again, he did not consider her to be suicidal.
    Now the last witness called today was Mrs Apps? (Couldn’t hear it clearly) who testified that on the night of April19, 2012, she and her daughter Sophie 15 and son (?) 13 had been to Kenmore shopping village. The kids were arguing and fighting on the way home in the car and that she “could have killed them” 🙂 typical Mothers expression I suppose. Anyhow, when they arrived home, (they lived in Boscombe Rd opposite the house which backs onto the then BC house) the arguing and yelling continued between the kids and she (Mrs Apps) was telling them to be quiet. I think she mentioned that it was her daughter Sophie kicked over a pot and in realising how upset her mother was, took off up the driveway where she ran into a spiders web and let out a short sharp shrill scream! She was worried the neighbours would have heard this….and they did, didn’t they? So that kind of explains the many accounts of hearing at least one of the screams that night…
    Monday the jury are visiting Kholo and the old BC house.

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  49. bellabrissie on June 19, 2014
    Forgot Ms Heaths account. She was extremely nervous, giggling often. She said on the night of 19th April 12, she was on the phone to Flegg and he asked her to turn off her TV as he thought he heard a scream and that it had come from her TV, however she said she did not have her TV on. She recalled the time as close to 11 pm “because I looked at my phone” she said. This was an hour after Sophie Apps’ scream from running into a spiders web. Apparently Flegg had some guy staying with him at the time and she said you better go check on (so and so). She said he walked out the front but couldn’t recall he’d heard anything else. She mentioned she did a lot of running around for Flegg regarding his real estate ventures and that they had given GBC’s company a listing to sell some units and that’s how she knew GBC. She mentioned she had received a call from GBC regarding his dire financial situation and that he’d asked for a loan of around $300k to which she told him they orBruce didn’t have that sort of money. She recalls him using words like bankruptcy to which the defence questioned but had to eat humble pie as they checked her police statement in which she had stated that GBC used that word. Haha!
    After lunch I got into the main courtroom and was seated behind OW. NBC and EBC were to her left and I was seated almost directly behind GBC. I felt rather uncomfortable to say the least. OW was with a female friend. The Dickies were seated on the opposite side. I left after approx. half an hour and went back up to the overflow courtroom. It was just “icky” in there…

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    • Today’s news reveals the interesting fact that the bloke who was staying with Dr Phlegm on that very night has been charged with “demanding with menace.” A rather serious charge which may see him sharing quarters with The Rodent.

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  50. bellabrissie on June 19, 2014
    They all look like they do on tele. GBC looked smallish in his suit jacket so yes, he does look like he’s lost weight. NBC is shorter than I imagined he’d be and wears a hearing aid. During the session I noticed he had earphones in? EBC is portly and short and was doing the nod every so,often. OW was wearing a salmon coloured top and was wearing a black bra underneath (I noticed when she removed her jacket). She pins her hair back on the right hand side with bobby pins. (I was right behind her). She seems to have a habit of clearing her throat. I was in the thick of their “clan members” and felt extremely uncomfortable thus leaving after 30 mins (also my grandson was calling me repeatedly so I left and took his call) before going back to the over-flow court.
    The Dickies have such a nice aura about them. Geoff Dickie shows the torment in his face. Priscilla is a little woman so smallish stature and dresses very well. She was wearing a mustard jacket today and I wondered if perhaps it was Allison’s? Allison’s brother Ashley and his wife were there too and some other relatives.
    GBC had his usual haircut and wasn’t wearing a tie today with his black suit. He in occasion removed his glasses and I noticed he was reading something from time to time. (He had several folders on the desk in Front of him). Both the Dickies were wearing badges, although I couldn’t make out what they were. Poor family, I really feel for them seeing them in their eternal grief.
    I managed a death look at NBC as he walked past us to go to the men’s room prior to resumption of court after lunch, but I doubt he saw as he was walking with his head held high o.0
    I was lucky to get into the main court after lunch as priority is given to family first, then people who were there during the first session. The bailiff came out and said “I have one single seat, no, two single seats” so I just walked in. Not much choice, I had to sit among the BC clan… It wasn’t a nice feeling at all. Elaine was again wearing that purple Parker type jacket and scarf… That’s all I’ve seen her wear I think. Oh yeah, she and NBc were holding hands as they arrived back from having lunch in the court coffee shop…I was sick in my mouth a little

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  51. I can just see it now. All weekend GBC practising his best “I’m innocent, I have a hyphenated-surname look” in his prison cell reflective stainless steel mirror, rehearsing the story of his life with his beautiful wife & making notes, lots of notes for more rehearsing.
    Hell, he’ll even be practising his best “I was a bit hurt, but I’m OK” voice!
    He’ll be running his hands up and down his arms through his now “HM hauteur couture” prison tan “sloppy Joe” in an effort to keep warm, whilst pacing in is 3 x 2, stopping only to catch a glimpse of his somewhat distorted reflection in his reflective S/S mirror. Checking his look, running a murderous hand through his now pronounced grey number 4 coiffure he thinks to himself ‘who wouldn’t believe me? Gerard BADEN-Clay, I mean, c’mon, I’m upstanding in the community, I’m the past vice president of the P & C, I’m the past president of the chamber of commerce, I’m well travelled and university educated. a man of great lineage, a leader! Scouts honour!
    He conjures up thoughts he knows will produce instant tears like: she scratched my beautiful face! or she wasn’t going to let me have my fun with GG! She spent money on a treadmill!
    He’ll be practising his handkerchief prowess, his head-tilt movements, his face of disdain and his face of joyousness and fondness when speaking of his beautiful wife…
    He’ll practise the phrase “I handed my phone to Al every night so she could check my calls and messages” and the line “she must have put my phone on the charger when she came to bed” oh and let’s not forget the “my beautiful wife” voice…kind of tapering off at the end before he forges a quiet blubber…….. Where’s my handkerchief mummy?!?
    Bring on Monday and just get on with it GBC, we are bored with your (akin to Justin Bieber) opening act and hearing your sugar sprinkled BS, Just get the hell on with it.
    We’re here to see the main attraction, the Beatles/Led Zepplin!
    I’m sure this weekend Danny Boyle too is practising for his own performance of a lifetime.
    Let it be…

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    • Dear Bella,

      Thank you so much, so very interesting, “soaking up” type of information.

      Doesn’t it make the pit of your tummy fall, though. Sigh. GBC lost his wife, and he has the hide to run her down while building himself up? This to me, has to be all part of his undoing. Anyone normal won’t talk that way about their passed loved ones, it just cannot be inside to feel and think that way. His claims of Allison being depressed, all read empty to me, his excuses, I can imagine him lying to his parents and siblings, they blowing his nose for him, giving him a biscuit, sending him on his way, he thinking, “I fooled them again.”

      How did it feel, actually hearing his ramblings, Bella? Did he come across as genuine, clever, and eloquent, trying to get his point across honestly, or just a rambling, lying fool?

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      • Good morning Moonlight, GHS, SFA and everyone 🙂
        I was in the overflow court last Thursday when he took the stand. He was wearing a yellow shirt and a yellow spotted tie and black suit. His hair has greyed considerably since his last “public appearance” and he appears to have lost some weight (prison food would have that effect I’d imagine) 😉
        Hearing his voice felt surreal to me. It was as if the voice didn’t match the cruel deceitful liar within. He spoke quite eloquently throughout his long winded testimony.
        Having said that, I’m sure the jury and judge won’t be fooled. His on-cue blubbering and handkerchief manoeuvres appeared rehearsed, almost like watching an actor in a B grade movie.
        He did appear to be quite nervous, proffering apologies to the bailiff for needing the water to be refilled and to the defence when he misunderstood a question… “Oh sorry, sorry, yes, thank you” a bit over the top type of thing, you know?
        He seemed almost disappointed when court was adjourned until Monday, he was after all, on a roll haha!
        I nodded off twice during his testimony and I was not alone 🙂
        I’m heading back in tomorrow bright and early so I’ll be sure to fill you in on the days non-reported events… The little things only being there can pick up on.

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        • Good morning dear Bella,

          LOL, perhaps we should all go in with you Bella, and have a “snoring fest”, lol.

          Ohhh Bella, thank you so much for filling us in after your visit to courts. I will be thinking of you and how hard it is.

          GBC’s voice does seem surreal when one hears it.

          Thank you so much for your observations.

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        • So Bella, was he using his little “kindy” voice again?

          Despite all his grandiose claims to fame, if he couldn’t keep the audience awake during “My” Trial Of The Century, perhaps he should book himself in to Mrs App’s ‘Brisbane Film and Television School.’

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    • Gerb has also had a couple of 100 crims to practice his speech on. I’m sure they would have given him valuable feedback and suggestions. Or is he still too precious to be among the general population. Latest pic above seems to show he definitely has “got the look” – the crim look.

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  52. Thank you so much Bella – you are an “ace” reporter!

    Were you also in court for “Cirque de Gerard” on Thursday?

    I’ve devoured all his words (which ran like a job application combined with a travel commentary) but would be fascinated by your observations of body language.

    Not necessarily him, because he would have been operating in his “Chamber of Commerce” mode, rather reactions from the jury.

    I would make a hopeless juror, as my face has an unfortunate tendency to mirror every emotion I feel.

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    • Thanks so much for your posts bellabrissie, it’s wonderful to hear from you having been inside the courtroom. How lucky you were to get into the main courtroom, although it would be very uncomfortable to be seated with the BC clan, I can imagine! Like you, I feel so sad for Mr and Mrs Dickie and for their loss. Imagine being in close proximity to the BC’s, and looking GBC in the eye – very tough for them.

      I’ve long wondered where Allison’s sister Vanessa is – perhaps she lives overseas? I’ve never heard much about her since she spoke at the funeral, and wonder if she’d help her parents with the three little girls. It’s wonderful that her brother Ashleigh and his wife are there to support them though.

      Yes GHS, I think hearing GBC waxing lyrical on Thursday would’ve been extremely hard to take! I read somewhere that the Judge turned his chair away from the defendant and rolled his eyes at one point. No doubt he’s heard it all before… I feel sure he will redirect the jury in a fair manner after the Defense and Prosecution have wound up their arguments. I’m really pleased that GBC can now be cross-examined – I think he would be the defense team’s worst nightmare, talk about a loose canon! If I had a crystal ball and knew which day that would happen, I would be there like a shot to listen to him stutter and stammer and “not remember” certain things, while he can remember eating Toblerone in Switzerland over a decade ago. For heavens sake!! Who knows, maybe he will handle it well, living in the alternate reality that he does, but I suspect he’ll be tripped up often and give the jury a true impression of what a loving and caring husband he really was.

      Like you Moonlight and Mike, I certainly hope the Prosecution does a good job and asks the hard questions of GBC, which they haven’t done to date at all. They certainly haven’t been in there with all guns blazing so far, have they? It’s good that GBC has taken the stand, as my understanding is that the Prosecution will do their summing up after the Defence. Their words will be the last the jury hears before they retire.

      I just realised something today which made me sit up and take notice. Although I lived in Brookfield for many years a while ago and know the Kholo Bridge, I didn’t realise there is a back road to get to Mt Crosby Rd through Pullenvale, which comes out right near the bridge. This route may have assisted vehicle/s travelling to place Allison’s body avoiding detection. It’s via Mill Road, and then down Centre Road, which as GBC sold property in the area would be well known to him. I think Mill Road was a place mentioned in the committal documents that he and TMcH had a few of their trysts in the back of the Prado – charming. Here’s the link: https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-27.5182331,152.8707931,14z

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    • Morning GHS, yes, I was there on Thursday and I’m going back tomorrow. Damn shame I have to work Tuesday and Wednesday 😦 lol
      So far as his body language, he kept quite still with arms in his lap unless of course he had to remove his glasses to wipe his eyes.
      Hey, since when has he constantly worn glasses I wonder? Is it in an effort to portray that homely nerdy appearance? In all the footage leading up to this, I’ve never seen him wearing opticals!

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  53. Welcome Melbomartin , I dont believe i’ve seen you commenting before , you appear to be somewhat of an expert on narcissism , I on the other hand am not but have researched the subject of late however i was not prepared for the ” I am ” barrarge of what came across to me as a load of codswobble.

    During the testimonies i have tried to not be biased and come to my conclusions based on only what the jurors are being told and until Gerrid took the stand and gave us an insight into what a kind and loving husband and well travelled expert on everything he is i thought (and mainly due to the crowns lack of cross examination) he was going to get off, however i now think if the jury are just ordinary folk like I he’s ‘ a dead duck’

    I must add i was surprised the Judge allowed him to present a vocal documentary which he delivered along the lines of ‘Richard Attenborough’s Nature Travels Special ‘ although it came across more like an episode of ‘Mr Bean’

    I giggle to myself each time i read his line ” I interviewed all the local Real Estate Agents to asess which one i’d work for” with that statement i believe his credibility flew out the window.

    I did read on another site where a poster who was in the court say that at one stage the judge rolled his eyes at one of ” I am the greatest ” stories and try as they will his defence team wont be able to get through that he is sinking his own ship.

    Daily Diane and i discuss this case constantly and although the jurors are not supposed to talk about it i believe each would chat to their partner or close friend about it and even though i try and not be biased and judge it only by whats being testified the original interview with Gerrid and his sister and how fake they were always comes to mind , i ‘d be surprised if they had not also seen it.

    Speaking of Gerrid’s sis , to me there’s always been something strange about her , i think i finally may have the answer , she’s married to a Pastor and is a devout christian , i believe under instruction from Bwana of ‘Skull Manor” and his law she is bound to silence , this would have a profound effect on her and her husband and possibly will spell the end of their union.

    Lets hope Mr Boyle has spent the weekend preparing some tough questions and gets Gerrid squirming , i’d also like to see Toni Mc recalled now GBC has made it public knowledge he never intended her to be anything more than a lump of meat he could play with.

    Cheers All … Mike.

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      • I agree so much with you Mike, especially your comments regarding OBW regarding the ‘clan’ and the hope (and indeed expectation) that the Prosecution will be, as we speak, formulating the questions to pose to GBC when he’s cross-examined. When that may be, who knows, defendants of his persuasion have been know to take the stand for days on end – I hope they’ve booked the courtroom for an extended period of time, ha ha!

        Justice Byrne’s body language in court speaks volumes, and the defense team must be cringing and going through angst as to what the loose cannon will come out with in the coming hours/days. I think the purpose behind letting GBC rabbit on as he has done, is that he is painting a picture of himself for the jury, and hopefully in the process is painting himself into a corner when he’s cross-examined.

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    • Hi Mike,

      Have only been in briefly before and am catching up on posts today to get the latest on the trial. Sorry if I come across like a know-it-all about narcissism but it’s one of my interests, not that this is why I’m following the story of what happened to Allison.

      My apologies if it’s been mentioned before on here but is there any truth to the story that GBC was being looked at by the Liberal Party in Queensland as a possible candidate?

      Thanks for the welcome to the forum. =)

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      • I wrote you a long ost Melbo and after near wearing out my one finger that knows how to type it dissappeared like GBC’s life has.
        Apologies if i came across as having a ‘go’ at you , just the opposite , i value your input on narcissism.
        After GBC’s verbal diarrhoea on Thursday i did learn i couldnt stand to be in the same room as GBC or others in the same vein.
        He self praised for 2 bluddy hours not realising he is a total failure , he’s homeless , he owes a $mil , the leased cars are gone , the buisness is gone even his kids are gone. Yep Gerrarddddd you’ve shown em !’

        I did hear he was looking at the possibility of entering politics , he n Campbell Newman , now there’s a team !

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      • Welcome melbomartin! I do believe it’s been bandied about that GBC was considered as a potential Liberal candidate. Personally, I think this is the main reason he would choose to remain with Allison – happy, stable family member and all that (not!)

        Narcissism… ah yes. I think GBC is doing a very good job of proving that he fits the mould all by himself. It’s important to talk about oneself and refer everything back to oneself, when one has been so held back by a (depressed/dysfunctional) wife and a demanding/hystrionic mistress (well one of 3 that we know of….). Life can be so difficult sometimes, especially for one who has a double-barrelled surname and is very important, so trying to deal with all this stuff. Let’s step over that we’re in a Supreme Court of Law here in Queensland, on trial for the murder of one’s wife and interfering with said wife’s corpse.

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    • Hi Mike, with regards to your comment on OW and IW being Christians; some serious soul-searching needs to take place if anything short of the truth, and nothing but the truth is spoken by either of them.
      “And ye shall know the Trueth, and the Trueth shall make you free.
      – King James Version (1611).

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      • Dear RB,

        Amongst all the CR*P that the self-indulgent “alleged wife killer” delivered from his podium last week, do I remember correctly that GBC had initially tried to set up Allison with one Ian Walton? The same Ian Walton who then married dead-eyed (recently hyphenated) Olivia?

        Or has my simmering rage caused me to hallucinate?

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        • You’re not hallucinating GHS, he did indeed utter those incredulous words. Keep it in the family I say, what. Awkward! And how does dear Liv feel about that?

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      • Perhaps the soul-searching ends with the wrath of the father, NBC. For a professed Christian, a conundrum indeed…

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  54. bellabrissie on June 27, 2014 at 8:20 am said: I found this too, it mentions a lady I sat next to…
    An interesting day in court yesterday after finally getting into the overflow courtroom. “Someone” forgot to unlock the courtroom so at around 11:30 a bailiff cMe and let us in. I wasn’t confident of getting in as the line-up was very long but I was lucky to be one of the last people to get one of the side seats where you can’t view the video screens. That was OK though as defence were probably only a quarter way through their “Gerard will tell you” piffle. After about an hour, I managed to get a seat towards the front with full view of the screens. (As it turned out, I sat next to a friend of Allison’s and Gerard’s) I don’t know the lady’s name but she was quick to tell me how much of an arsehole he is! I immediately liked this woman 🙂 she asked me if I knew Allison to which I declared I did not but was here I support of Allison. She told me she was a good friend of Allison’s and that her daughter and Hannah are best friends (and still are) and they have been for years. She was quick to add that “he” is just a mongrel. I wondered if this was the lady from the school who informed “Al” (as she called her) of his affair with TMcH? I didn’t want to pry. She told me how much Al’s girls meant to her and we agreed that no typical loving mother would do anything to hurt their kids, least of all Al (as she said). “She so adored those girls”. She was clearly disgusted with “G”.
    The defence waffled on before a 10 minute adjournment…

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  55. I apologise again for WordPress’ glitch of throwing posts into pending. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Thanks for letting me know, Mike.

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  56. Just a note to tell you all that my spelling and bad grammar at present worse than normal as with this Laptop i’m typing blind , i cant see my post until it’s actually posted, so please bear with me . Maybe its time for me to teach another finger to type as my right index finger is now only a stub.

    One thing worrying both Diane and i is the thought of ‘what if ‘ … the major ‘what if ‘ is What if he walks , he automatically has the right to full custody of his girls. They have been kept away from photographers and the media and for once the media have not stalked them.
    I hope the prosecutors realise this and do their best to ensure they give the jury enough to convict him . I guess the coming week will give us a better idea , i just hope the prosecutors are aware that it’s time to get tough with him.

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    • Mike, I am reasonably well-versed in the ways of the Family Court and can hopefully set minds at rest to some degree. The FC is always loath to needlessly disrupt a satisfactory status-quo with childrens’ care – particularly a long-term one such as with the Dickies- unless dire issues of physical or moral danger were in play. If the Dickies have custody, and he were to get off, it’s not necessarily the case that he would automatically be able to resume full-time care of the girls. He would most likely get visitation pending a Court hearing, which among other things like physical and mental welfare, would consider where the girls wanted to be and that they would most likely wish to stay together. The girls would also most likely have a solicitor of their own to independently represent their interests.
      Hope this helps.

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      • Onya Tishy , thats a relief to know , the poor lil kids must be going through hell , Mum is gone and Dad’s locked up accused of killing her. I wonder if they visit him and i wonder how he’d explain his predicament , i’m thinking he’d make himself out to be a martyr.
        The footage from Allison’s funeral haunts me , the oldest two’s body language showed they did not want to be near Gerard , what a horrible experience for them and you can wager they must have been relieved to get out of Nige n Elaine’s grasp , no one on this earth would want to be tin heir company , I read where Nigel insists on being refered to as ‘Bwana’ or ‘Grand Poppa’ , Ill stick with A…hole !

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  57. I’m curious about the clothes worn by GBC that night. Where are they I wonder? Muddy shoes? And if leaf matter was in ABC’s hair from her own yard and she was supposedly transported in the back of her car to Kholo Creek, it appears no leaf matter dislodged in the car and according to the QPS there was no sign of obvious cleaning done to the car. So ABC was wrapped up fairly well then?

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    • And another thing….

      Since when does a grown man need his little daughter to help him apply a band-aid to his shaving-nicked face????

      When he’s trying to set up a corroborating witness, in my humble opinion.

      He really is lower than a snake’s belly.

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        • Reality Bites, was there some suggestion earlier on that a shower curtain was missing from a bathroom in the BC house that Allison could’ve been placed in? If not, a tarpaulin could have done the job?

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      • Dear GHS,

        I feel dizzy at the lengths that, what do we call “it”?

        He will go to…..

        Bringing is daughter in like that, the scratches allegedly from her mother ………. omg, she should receive more years of his sentence just for that.

        I hope TMcH becomes incensed, too. She should, he used her and discarded her, too.

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    • It seems Reality Bites, with regard to GBC’s clothes and the question of what was he wearing that night, that we seem to have a theme going of alleged withheld evidence….

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  58. Evening Moonlight,
    We went and paid our respects to Allison. There were quite a few tributes there consisting of yellow blooms both fresh and synthetic but one thing that touched me in particular was a hand made bracelet of brightly coloured beads.
    It’s a lovely memorial, very stylishly made indeed.
    I feel a little flat tonight thinking about how horrible it must have been for Allison in her last moments.
    I feel saddened that her body was “disposed” of like that and how she lay there undiscovered for 11 days. I feel really repulsed by the name ugly creek. I feel very sad indeed.
    I don’t understand how he could treat someone he once loved like that. Such a cruel, callous and utterly disgusting thing to do to Allison.
    What a creepy filthy selfish mongrel grub he is!

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    • I think your sadness is shared by all of us here bella. Thank you for letting us know about the flowers and beautiful bracelet you saw at Allison’s memorial. For her family and friends, the thought of Allison lying unfound and alone in the mud for 11 days must be hard to bear. My heart goes out to them all.

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    • Thank you, Bella, thank you for visiting and letting us know of the details.

      I am sad with you.

      Words of comfort are just not there, are they? It is just too horrific.

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