It is a trial filled with evidence of long-term affairs and mistresses.
Of a family in scorching debt and a couple in turmoil.
And evidence over a cut on the face of the accused is now making worldwide headlines.
Gerard Baden-Clay stands accused of murdering his wife Allison on April 19, 2012.
The mother of three’s body was found by a kayaker on the banks of the Kholo Creek in Brisbane’s western suburbs on April 30, 2012, 10 days after he reported her missing to police.
Baden-Clay has always maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty in court. He claims that Alison went out for walk that morning and never returned.
Mr Baden-Clay’s defence counsel has pointed to Mrs Baden-Clay’s history with depression to suggest she was suicidal. The prosecution maintains it was Gerard’s long running affair and financial debts that drove him to allegedly murder his wife.
One of the key features of the prosecution’s case is several red cuts on Gerard Baden-Clay’s face that he told police were shaving cuts.
The court heard evidence yesterday that these cuts on Baden-Clay’s face were more likely to be fingernail scratches, allegedly from his murdered wife.
Yesterday a tape was played to the court:
“I cut myself shaving this morning and everybody says it looks suspicious,” he told the detectives during an interview.
One replied: “It does.”
The Australian reports that forensic physician Margaret Stark, an expert with the NSW Police Force gave evidence yesterday in court that the cuts were more likely to be fingernail scratches.
“These particular injuries are typical of fingernail scratches,” Dr Stark told the court. “It’s not diagnostic, it’s not 100 per cent … but this is a very typical presentation of being scratched with fingernails.”
Dr Stark agreed she could not be certain what caused Mr Baden-Clay’s injuries as she did not examine them in person
“They’re just not typical of injury with a razor blade,” Dr Stark told the court via video link.
Evidence was also presented over marks noted on Mr Baden-Clay’s body in the aftermath of his wife’s disappearance. He told police that he had a cut on his hand, sustained while changing a light fitting at a friend’s home. Police photographs of Gerard’s bare chest were also presented, showing unexplained marks on the left-hand side of his neck and one on either side of his chest.
Blood in the car
Senior Constable Carl Streeting told the court that one bloodstain was found in the boot of Mrs Baden-Clay’s silver Holden Captiva.
The Brisbane Tines reports that the officer from the Scientific Section of the Major Crime Unit described the stain as a “transfer blood stain”, which appeared to be “dripping down” the boot door.