It’s the murder trial that has dominated headlines for the past month – and this week, Gerard Baden-Clay was found guilty of murdering his wife Allison.
Tonight, 60 Minutes aired an exclusive interview with Gerard Baden-Clay’s mistress, Toni McHugh.
Ms McHugh began an affair with Baden-Clay in 2008 – and it continued, on and off, right up until Allison’s death.
As the key prosecution witness at Baden-Clay’s murder trial, McHugh has now spent months with the scrutiny of the country upon her. Tonight’s interview exposed her side of the story, and some chilling truths.
Here are 9 of the most harrowing revelations Gerard Baden- Clay’s mistress gave tonight:
1. On loving Gerard Baden-Clay:
“I believed that I was in a loving, caring relationship that did have a future.
“I don’t like to use the word unconditional anymore, but I did love him unconditionally. And I was very forgiving, too forgiving.
“I admired him as a person. I really… I believed in his integrity and I guess there was an attraction.”
2. On whether she hoped to be Mrs Baden-Clay:
“He was telling me that he was in a marriage that wasn’t a loving marriage. That he was only there for the children, the girls.
“I just thought it’d be a normal future. I thought it’d be two people that loved each other.
“He had told me that he would marry me one day.
“Yeah, I did, I did [hope to be Mrs Baden-Clay]”.
3. On the night before Allison’s death:
The night before Allison died, Gerard and Toni were talking on the phone. Things became heated when Gerard revealed Toni, his mistress, and Allison, his wife, would come face to face at a real estate conference the next day.
A furious Toni told Gerard to choose between the pair. That night Gerard swore his love for her and repeated his promise to leave Allison. The next day, Allison was murdered.
“He was telling me that he most certainly didn’t love his wife, and that he still intended to leave his wife. But I, on that night, I said, ‘I just, I’m not convinced. I don’t know what you are doing to ensure we have a relationship’.