Allison Baden-Clay.
Allison Baden-Clay.

Court shown photographs of alleged scratches on Baden-Clay

UPDATE 3pm: PHOTOGRAPHS depicting injuries to Gerard Baden-Clay's face the day he reported his wife Allison missing have been shown to the court.

Dr Leslie Griffiths told the court there were authoritative texts about fingernail scratches and other theories on injuries.

He said he believed fingernails caused the two long, wide scratches on Baden-Clay's cheek, though he could not confirm the shape, sharpness or length of the nail.

"It could be explained by a convex nail being drawn down the face, causing an elongated wound," he said.

"I couldn't imagine it being anything else but there could be other causes."

Dr Griffiths said it also could be explained by a number of other causes.

He said another injury to Baden-Clay's neck showed fingernails hit the skin first and then tapered off as they moved down.

Dr Nathan Milne said he attended the Kholo Creek site where Allison was found and performed an autopsy on the body.

He said the body, which was lying on the right side in mud, was in an advanced state of decomposition.

"There was insufficient evidence to determine a cause of death," he said.

Dr Milne said during his examination, he found a rubber glove inside the jumper Allison was wearing.

He said he could not explain where that had come from but it was relatively clean so he suspected it joined the body after death.

Dr Milne said he could not exclude the glove joining the body before her death or at the time of death.

He said there was no obvious injuries to suggest the body had been in a moving body of water; bumping against sand, branches or other debris.


12:00pm: A BROOKFIELD neighbour has described hearing "a very unpleasant sound" the night Allison Baden-Clay was allegedly murdered.

Susan Braun told Brisbane Magistrates Court the sound seemed to come from near the Baden-Clays' home.

She said she could not say "whether it was a scream or a yell" but it was "a human sound".

Ms Braun said that noise came not long after a neighbour's dogs became agitated and were barking incessantly for 10 to 15 minutes.

Ann Whittle, another neighbour, said the dogs woke her too in "the dead of the night".

She said they always barked at 4am but it was unusual for them to bark overnight.


10.15am: ONE of Allison Baden-Clay's best friends has described the Brookfield woman as "outgoing" but suffering martial problems and mild depression.

Kerry Walker told Brisbane Magistrates Court her friend had told her she suffered depression as a side effect to malaria tablets she took on her honeymoon to Switzerland and South American in 1997.

She said Allison had also suffered post-natal depression after the birth of some of her three children.

Ms Walker said Allison also spoke to her about marital problems and that she suspected her husband Gerard was involved in her death.

"It was never severe enough to affect her day to day looking after her children or her marriage," she said.

"She always functioned.

"Some days she just didn't feel like leaving the house.

"She made sure it wasn't affecting her life."

Ms Walker's comments came under cross-examination from Baden-Clay's barrister Peter Davis about Allison's state of mind.

He asked Ms Walker whether she would be surprised to learn Allison had written in her diary saying she was not sure she could "go on".

Ms Walker said she would also be surprised to know Allison had increased her anti-depressant medication in the lead up to her death.

"She was always in control," she said.

"She was rarely teary."

Mr Davis asked Ms Walker if she was guilty "of playing amateur psychiatrist".

Ms Walker disagreed. She agreed it was evident there was some things going on "behind the scene" but she was well placed to assess Allison's state of mind.

"I think I know better than most people," she said.

"She kept me informed of everything going on and I was aware of everything she was going through."


10am: MARITAL problems, a serious affair and rising debts are the motives the prosecution plans to allege led Gerard Baden-Clay to kill his wife Allison.

Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle, in his opening address in a committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court, said there were "serious difficulties" in the relationship between the accused and his wife.

He said Baden-Clay told his wife his affair with Toni McHugh had ended the previous year but it had recommenced, promising his mistress he would leave his wife by July 1.

Mr Boyle said the real estate agent sought a $300,000 loan in March last year, not long before his wife died, but it was refused.

He said Baden-Clay stood to receive $975,000 in death benefits and superannuation from his wife's death.

Mr Boyle said the case against Baden-Clay was circumstantial but there would be many expert witnesses to bolster the Crown case.

He said the day Allison went missing, Baden-Clay had scratches on his face which he claimed came from a razor blade.

Mr Boyle said an expert would tell the court they were "typical" of fingernail scratches, not razor blade cuts.

He said there was a blood stain matching Allison's DNA in a car the Baden-Clays had leased eight weeks before she went missing.

Mr Boyle said a botanist would testify he found six species on Allison's hair and body, with two species identifiable at the site she was found.

All species could, however, be found in the rear patio area of the Baden-Clays' Brookfield home.

Baden-Clay told police his wife was still watching television when he went to bed at 10pm on April 19.

He said he woke up at 6am on April 20 but was a heavy sleeper so he was not sure if his wife had slept in their bed that night.

Mr Boyle said phone analysts had found Baden-Clay's phone was disconnected from its charger at 8.45pm and reconnected at 1.48am.

He said this could only occur through user interaction and therefore did not fit with Baden-Clay's version to police.

Mr Boyle said all this evidence pointed to the conclusion Allison "was murdered and the defendant was the perpetrator".


9.40am: ACCUSED wife murderer Gerard Baden-Clay has arrived for the first of a six-day committal hearing.

The father of three stands accused of murdering wife Allison at their Brookfield home on April 20 last year and then disposing of her body under the Kholo Creek Bridge, near Ipswich.

Her body was found 10 days later but the courts have heard no obvious cause of death has been determined.

The Crown will call 42 witnesses to testify against the 42-year-old real estate agent and will tender 330 witness statements.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court is currently hearing submissions about documents relating to Allison's counselling sessions with Relationships Australia.

There is a dispute about whether they should be admitted and whether the counsellor can have legal representation when she gives evidence.

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