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1. Gerard Baden-Clay will today launch his bid for freedom with an appeal that his murder conviction should be quashed.
Convicted murderer Gerard Baden-Clay will today appeal his conviction for murdering his wife Allison. Baden-Clay’s legal team will argue that the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury on crucial pieces of evidence and he suffered a miscarriage of justice.
Last year the former real estate agent was found guilty of the 2012 murder of his wife Allison.
He was sentenced to life in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years.
He has always claimed he is innocent of the horrific murder.
Baden-Clay’s legal team claims that trial judge Justice John Byrne misdirected the jury about a crucial piece of evidence that led to his conviction – the injuries on his face.
The Courier Mail reports that the prosecution alleged Baden-Clay cut his right cheek with a razor in a failed attempt to disguise the scratch marks his wife had left on his face while struggling with her husband.
“The trial judge erred in leaving to the jury that the appellant attempted to disguise marks on his face by marking razor cuts.” the claim says.
During the trial four forensic experts told his trial the abrasions were more consistent with fingernail scratches.
The claim also says that Justice Byrne erred in the directions he gave relating to the discovery of Mrs Baden-Clay’s body on the banks of Kholo Creek, as well as the presence of her blood in her husband’s car.
“A miscarriage of justice occurred because the jury should have been, but was not, directed that the presence of the deceased’s blood in a motor vehicle was only relevant if the jury was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the presence of the blood was attributable to an injury sustained to the deceased’s body on the evening of 19 April 2012, or the morning of 20 April 2012,” the application reads.
Earlier this year it was reported that the three daughters of Gerard and Allison are unable to access their mother’s life insurance policies valued at nearly $800,000, until their father exhausts his legal avenues to have his conviction overturned.
Allison’s family are expected to attend court this morning.
2. Mental health crisis facing our youth.
A ground-breaking study has shown that as many as one in 10 children, some as young as four, have mental health disorders.
The research, the biggest of its kind in Australia shows that 560,000 children experienced a mental health disorder in the past year.