Baden-Clay prosecutors left out key phone evidence

There are reports prosecutors chose not to pursue a key piece of phone evidence in the murder case against Gerard-Baden Clay.

Baden-Clay was convicted of the murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay in court in July last year.

However, earlier this month, his murder conviction was downgraded to manslaughter, after he revealed he unintentionally killed her in 2012.


According to the Courier Mail, the prosecution team chose not to use a key piece of information during the initial murder investigation, despite detectives considering it to be ‘significant’.

The report claims Baden-Clay made a call about Allison’s $967,000 life insurance policy the week before he killed her.

Detectives reportedly believed the phone calls could prove that the crime was financially motivated.

However, prosecutors did not ‘pursue’ the call during the trial nor cross-examine Baden-Clay about it.

One officer told the newspaper that they believed the killing was premeditated.

The prosecution team’s decision not to pursue the line of inquiry was cited in the Court of Appeal’s decision to downgrade Baden Clay’s murder conviction to manslaughter.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has until January 5 to seek an appeal in the High Court on the downgrade decision.