Allison Baden-Clay.
Allison Baden-Clay. QT file image

Allison Baden-Clay: one year on

FRIDAY marks a year since mother of three Allison Baden-Clay went missing from her Brookfield home.

After her husband reported her gone the next day, her smiling face became the centre of an extensive missing person campaign.

Most of south-east Queensland was talking about what could have happened to her, few did not know the name Baden-Clay.

There was widespread grief, though it did not come with sweeping surprise, when a canoeist found her body on the muddy banks of Kholo Creek 10 days later.

It would take another month before her husband Gerard would be charged with murdering her and disposing of her body near the creek.

The case has captured intense interest from the mainstream media and the hearts of many in the community.
Gerard Baden-Clay has twice applied for Supreme Court bail and twice been denied .

There have been Federal and Supreme Court hearings to freeze life insurance policies Baden-Clay had for his wife and settle asset disagreements between Baden-Clay and his wife's family.

Most recently, Baden-Clay faced a six-day committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court where his defence team questioned about 40 witnesses.

When he was committed to stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court, Baden-Clay spoke in the courtroom for the first time to declare his innocence.

"I am not guilty, your honour," he said.

A date has not been fixed for Baden-Clay's trial but it will most likely take place in 2014, with an already bulging Supreme Court list keeping justices busy through 2013.



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