Gerard Baden-Clay blamed wife's depression on his affair

Gerard Baden-Clay
Gerard Baden-Clay

THE man accused of murdering his wife told a psychologist that he wanted to build a future with his wife and wipe the slate clean.

He also told the same psychologist he blamed his wife's depression for his four-year affair with a co-worker.

Gerard Baden-Clay, 43, is accused of murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay, 43, in April, 2012.

He reported her missing on the morning of April 20, 2012, telling police she had failed to return from her morning walk.

Her badly decomposed body was located 10 days later underneath Kholo Creek Bridge near Ipswich.

Mr Baden-Clay has pleaded not guilty to her murder.

Relationships Australia counsellor Carmel Ritchie told his Brisbane Supreme Court murder trial on Tuesday she met with the couple in the days before she was reported missing on April 20, 2012.

Ms Ritchie said she had one session with Mrs Baden-Clay on March 27, 2012, at her office in Spring Hill.

She told the court she had asked Mrs Baden-Clay about what she wanted to achieve from the counselling sessions.

"I asked her to define the problems she saw in her life and she said she 'was feeling inadequate, not good enough, I believe I let it happen, Gerard's way is the right way, Gerard has had an affair for the last three years and parenting, Gerard criticises me and I fear one day he will leave," Ms Ritchie said.

"Then when I asked her what she wanted from counselling, in other words what was her goal, she said 'to work on me, to sort lots of issues, especially parenting.'

Ms Ritchie said she met with both Gerard and Allison on April 16, 2012.

She told the court she also asked Mr Baden-Clay what his counselling goals were.

"I also asked Gerard if he would outline for me what he saw as the problems in the relationship," Ms Ritchie said.

"I wrote down his exact words.

"He said, 'Allison does not trust me, she questions me, she says yes when she means no, Allison's disappointed with her life and I used to blame Allison for disappointment in my life.

"Then I asked Gerard what he hoped to gain from counselling.

"He said 'I want to build a future together, no regressing, I want to get on with life and wipe it clean.'

The trial before Justice John Byrne continues.

Topics:  affair allison baden-clay court crime depression gerard baden-clay murder police

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