THE father of convicted wife murderer Gerard Baden-Clay is at the centre of a prison drug test controversy after a jail scanner inexplicably found traces of cannabis on his clothing on four separate visits.

The Courier-Mail can reveal Wolston Correctional Centre ION scans, which test shirts and pockets, have repeatedly found “presumptive” traces of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, on Nigel Baden-Clay’s clothing.

Nigel Baden-Clay: positive test from prison scanner.

Nigel Baden-Clay: positive test from prison scanner. Source: News Limited

It is understood the test results have stunned the straight-laced grandson of Scouts founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his family, and surprised even police who investigated his son’s crime.

Asked by The Courier-Mail if knew the reason tests would come back positive Mr Baden-Clay responded: “No, of course I have no reason why.”

The positive tests from the ION scanner at the prison can be picked up from a person innocently touching or brushing objects – such as by handling money or catching public transport and The Courier-Mail does not suggest Nigel Baden-Clay uses or handles marijuana.

Positive tests force visitors to have non-contact visits, which means a glass wall separates visitors from inmates.

Gerard Baden with his father Nigel in 2012.

Gerard Baden-Clay with his father Nigel in 2012.


Prison sources said three positive results in a row usually spark a three-month ban on contact visits, allowing only non-contact sessions, however this had not happened to Mr Baden-Clay.

“I find it very strange, it appears he has been allowed preferential treatment,” a prison source told The Courier-Mail.

The first positive test occurred during a visit on August 14 and he inexplicably returned positive tests again on August 21 and 28, as well as on October 9.

When contacted Mr Baden-Clay asked for the source of the information about the positive tests.

“My take on the whole thing is that it is actually none of your business,” he said.

“I’d like to know why you consider it necessary to publish this?”

The family’s lawyer Peter Shields last night said the tests were presumptive.

“The family have done nothing wrong,’’ he said.

Queensland Corrective Services would not discuss the case for privacy reasons but a spokeswoman said bans on contact visits were at the discretion of the jail boss.

Gerard Baden-Clay, a former real estate agent, was this year sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murdering his wife Allison.

He was visited by his parents the day after his conviction and they regularly travel to Wolston to see their son.

Nigel Baden-Clay’s wife Elaine also asked for sources of the information and said: “I would encourage you just to think long and hard about what you are doing.



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14 thoughts on “NIGEL BADEN-CLAY – NOW WE KNOW “WHERE IS THE MONEY” (New Posters Welcome)

  1. Hi everyone – welcome back!


    Nigel has been “sprung” and of course, “deny, deny”.

    We have always said, “Where did Gerard’s money go?”.

    Perhaps we now know?


      • Maybe it helps him feel sexy … Gerb got it from somewhere …
        Portray themselves as fine upstanding citizens but we all know. How they publicly vilified their dead daughter-in-law at the trial bears witness to their true character and moral standings… Face it chaps you bred a murdering loser for a son … Learn to live with it …


  2. “Nigel Baden-Clay denies that he hasn’t done anything wrong” as is reported on the news. Same as his son.

    It has been reported that the Baden-Clay’s are going to sue whomever first reported that NBC had traces of marijuana on him.

    It is interesting that the above has been leaked to the media. The Baden-Clay’s mustn’t be too popular with a lot of people.


  3. News Corp reported that Wolston prison workers believed Nigel Baden-Clay was receiving preferential treatment because his contact visits were not restricted after the results. An unnamed worker claimed contact visits were usually suspended if a visitor returned three positive tests.

    However Mr Baden-Clay and his family have denied any suggestions that they were linked to illegal drugs.

    Elaine and Nigel Baden-Clay outside Brisbane Supreme Court. Photo: Claudia Baxter

    Mr Baden-Clay’s lawyer Peter Shields said “there was no real evidence” or public interest to justify running a story about the drug tests.

    “Nigel Baden-Clay and his family do not use illegal drugs,” he said.

    “I know from professional experience the jail scanners are unreliable and have a history of returning false positives.”

    Mr Shields said he had advised the Baden-Clay family to consider suing News Corp for defamation.

    The report said authorities found “presumptive” traces of tetrahydrocannabinol on Mr Baden-Clay’s clothing while he was visiting his son Gerard, who was convicted in July of murdering his wife Allison.

    The tests were carried out using an ION scanner – the same type of machine used for detecting drugs or explosives at airports and known for returning false positives.

    The four positive drug results were reportedly occurred between August 14 and October 9.

    A spokesman for Queensland Corrective Services said the circumstances of individual visitors could not be discussed due to privacy reasons, and that screening was managed on a case-by-case basis.

    The spokesman said drug screening of visitors was standard practice in Queensland correctional centres.

    “Visitors who test positive to the itemiser test are advised that a positive reading indicates contact with an illicit substance; not necessarily drug use,” he said.

    “The itemiser test is very sensitive and even visitors who have had brief, inadvertent contact with the residue of an illicit substance may return a positive reading. If a visitor returns a positive sample, the visitor has an opportunity to provide an explanation as to why the sample may have tested with a positive result.

    “The General Manager or delegate will decide whether to continue the visit and may impose conditions on the visit such as having no physical contact with the prisoner being visited.”

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      • It is a very good point, Sad for Allison.

        The question must be – why do the Baden-Clay’s get away with, “murder”? (so to speak).

        I am sure everyone else would have their visits stopped if caught with drug residual on them.

        Why not, again, the Baden-Clay’s?



  4. Hi everyone – it’s been a while. Thanks for the update on this. I will be back later to read your comments and insight.

    Interesting development, I must say.


  5. Hi melbomartin – lovely to see you.

    The above is a very interesting development.

    Here is a bit more:

    The Queensland Government has defended highly sensitive drug detection machines used to scan prison visitors after Gerard Baden-Clay’s father repeatedly tested positive for the main chemical in marijuana.

    It is understood traces of the tetrahydrocannabinol were found during four prison visits Nigel Baden-Clay made to the Wolston Correctional Centre to see his son Gerard between August and October.

    Mr Baden-Clay has strongly denied any links to illegal drugs and Fairfax Media is not suggesting any impropriety.

    “I know from professional experience the jail scanners are unreliable and have a history of returning false positives,” the lawyer for both men, Peter Shields, said on Thursday.

    The tests were carried out using an ION scanner – the same type of machine used for detecting drugs or explosives at airports.

    The highly-sensitive machines can return positive readings even if a person has had brief, accidental contact with an illicit substance, Queensland Corrective Services said.

    “Given the extraordinary lengths to which some visitors will go with such attempts, screening equipment and tests must be highly sensitive,” a spokesman said.

    “The required level of sensitivity means positive readings may be returned even when a visitor’s contact with drugs has been minimal, inadvertent and unknown.

    “Reducing test sensitivity would reduce the effectiveness of the screening and undermine efforts to prevent visitors supplying prisoners with drugs.”

    Fairfax Media requested statistics around visitor screening numbers and test results, however QCS said these details could only be provided following a Right to Information request.

    News Corp reported on Thursday that some prison workers were angry that Mr Baden-Clay did not have contact visits to his son Gerard restricted after returning three positive tests. An unnamed worker said a suspension was usually imposed after three strikes.

    However a QCS spokesman said cases were managed by a prison general manager on an individual basis.

    Mr Baden-Clay’s son Gerard was jailed in July for the murder of his wife Allison.

    Read more:


  6. Sarcastic comment from me – so a retired man in his 70’s, living in Kenmore, would come across a lot of marijuana “accidentally” ….

    Mind you, not once.

    Not twice.

    Not three times.

    FOUR TIMES (The manager of the jail continues to let NBC visit).

    That would be right?

    Back to my original comment years ago – where does the money go? (Money is spent on marijuana and “ways and means of getting one’s way with giving “donations” too, I bet).


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