UPDATE: Gerard Baden-Clay has been found guilty of the “cold-blooded” murder of his wife Allison.
Five High Court Judges handed down their unanimous decision in Canberra this morning following a lengthy four-year ordeal.
The former Brisbane real estate agent controversially had his original murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter last year after Queensland’s Court of Appeal found there was not enough evidence to prove he intended to kill his wife.
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The downgrade caused wide-spread outrage, and today the High Court reinstated the original murder conviction.
The verdict is final, meaning Baden-Clay will continue to serve his life sentence behind bars.
— Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) August 31, 2016
Allison’s best friend Kerry-Anne Walker addressed the media with an emotional speech following the ruling.
“Three beautiful girls went to bed with a mother and the next morning they woke without one,” Ms Walker said whilst trying to fight back tears.
“He let them and the whole community worry and anguish for days about what had happened.”
“In a fair and open trial, a jury found there was enough evidence to convict Gerard Baden Clay of murder. Thankfully, today Australia’s High Court judges agree with this decision and have reinstated the conviction of murder.”
Allison Baden-Clay’s best friend reads emotional statement after court reinstates murder conviction. https://t.co/ExyEaSVNpV
— 7News Yahoo7 (@Y7News) August 31, 2016
Allison Baden-Clay was found dead on the banks of Kholo Creek in April 2012, ten days after being reported missing by her husband.
EARLIER: The High Court will today – for the final time – hand down their decision on whether or not Gerard Baden-Clay is guilty of the manslaughter or murder of his wife Allison.
The former Brisbane real-estate agent controversially had his original murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter last year after Queensland’s court of appeal found there was not enough evidence to prove he intended to kill his wife.
Allison Baden-Clay was found dead on the banks of Kholo Creek in April 2012, just days after being reported missing by her husband.
Baden-Clay will learn his fate at 10.15am.
Thoughts with Allison Baden-Clay’s family today as the High Court rules whether wife killer husband Gerard committed murder or manslaughter.
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) August 30, 2016