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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