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9 harrowing confessions from the 60 Minutes interview with Gerard Baden-Clay's mistress Toni McHugh.

Toni McHugh

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 loved him very much.

“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:

Toni McHugh and Gerard Baden-Clay

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’.

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“I said to him, ‘You have to talk to me about how things are going to change.’ And he said, ‘Things are changing.'”

4. On how she felt when realising Allison was missing:

“Oh, devastated, absolutely. Concerned. I didn’t dislike Allison. I never, ever wanted harm or…

“I know I didn’t… I didn’t intentionally go out to hurt Allison or her family. I, I honestly believed it was going to be handled so much… just properly, you know.”

5. On what she thinks about the night Allison was murdered:

“Oh, yeah. How did things become so explosive that… Yeah, Allison has lost her life?

McHugh said she’s often pictured, “A woman that’s struggling. Yeah. Fighting.”

6. On whether she felt responsibility for Allison’s internal heartbreak:

“Yes… I accept that I was part of, but what I also know is that if it wouldn’t… if it wasn’t me, it would’ve been someone else. He would’ve had affairs with other, other women.”

Toni McHugh

7. On whether she wants to reunite with Gerard:

“I want this man to never, ever, ever enter my life, ever again. You know, there is a part of me that is genuinely fearful that I have been involved with a man that is not who he says he is, and that worries me. It terrifies me.”

8. On whether she believes Gerard is innocent:

“No. No, I don’t.”

9. On whether there’s any link between her love affair and the death of Allison:

“It’s hard to accept for me. I don’t believe so.

“I’ll never understand how it could have happened. I don’t believe that he murdered her for me.

“Why I say he did not kill her to be with me was that I loved him already. He didn’t need to. He already had me.

“He killed for himself.

“The point that I want to make is that my affair is, with Gerard, is one aspect. What this has done to my life really should be seen to be as insignificant compared to Allison, who’s lost her life.”

What did you think of this 60 Minutes interview with Gerard Baden Clay’s mistress, Toni McHugh? 

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