New details about the Baden-Clay case have been revealed.

Gerard Baden-Clay.

Adulturer, liar and murderer Gerard Baden-Clay has spent his first night in prison as a convicted murderer.

The Brisbane former real estate agent is serving out a life sentence for killing his wife Allison.

The devastated family of murdered mother-of-three Allison yelled out “yes!” in the courtroom yesterday as Baden-Clay’s guilty verdict was read out.

And now the jury has returned a guilty verdict, police can reveal the incredible lengths to which they went in their successful investigation.

Queensland police have revealed that, in one particularly inventive move,  they bugged the flowers next to Allison Baden-Clay’s coffin in a bid to catch the wife-killer out.

The police investigating her death hoped Baden-Clay might break down and privately confess at his wife’s funeral –but the attempt failed when Baden-Clay arrived late with his three daughters in tow, The Courier Mail reports.

Other revelations include that Baden-Clay again searched ‘self incrimination’ on the morning after he murdered Allison, just prior to reporting her missing, Daily Mail reports.

Police have also revealed that phone taps picked up conversations between Baden-Clay and his mistress, Toni McHugh — and the Daily Mail reports Baden-Clay also told McHugh he faced losing his assets and three daughters if he chose to leave Allison.

Evidence of just how dire the killer’s finances were have also emerged. While evidence was given during Baden-Clay’s trial that he was $1m in debt and Allison’s life insurance policies were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, testimony in statements made to police were not included in evidence, partly because they were considered prejucidial.

Flowers placed on Allison’s memorial.

The newly-revealed documents indicate Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay held a phone conference with  a financial adviser about their life insurance policies less than a month before Allison’s murder, the Daily Mail reports.

Another document reportedly quoted Baden-Clay’s ex-business partner as describing the financial state of his real estate business as ‘diabolical’.

The Courier Mail reports further details of the complex investigation this morning.

According to the daily newspaper reports, photos of Baden-Clay’s scratches were sent to the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency for advice.

Police travelled the world to ask experts about those scratches, Sunrise reports. 

Western Australian experts were consulted to eliminate death by drowning; Maggots found on Allison’s body were sent to Wollongong in NSW to determine their age; and a caterpillar expert was consulted about the marks on Baden-Clay’s neck and chest, which he said were caused by scratching off a caterpillar, the Courier Mail reports.


Meanwhile, sickening revelations have emerged that Baden-Clay trawled for sex on website AdultFriendFinder under a false name.

Baden-Clay used the pseudonym Bruce Overland on the site, writing that he was “Married, but don’t want to be – looking for some sex on the side,”  Yahoo News reports.

It has also been reported that five years ago, a woman named Melissa Romano approached Baden-Clay for real estate work – and instead he asked her to kill his wife.

The Courier Mail reports: “She told police she laughed at the time, but he insisted he was serious.”

Detectives reportedly investigated the comment, but concluded it was likely a “throwaway line”.

Police team praised

Queensland’s police commissioner Ian Stewart has praised the officer that worked on the case for their hard work.

Asked if officers hadindeed  bugged flowers at Mrs Baden-Clay’s funeral, Stewart confirmed the investigators used some “unique ideas” to gather evidence, The Brisbane Times reports.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth, who oversaw the lengthy police investigation, has also praised the efforts of the police team owho worked to bring justice to Allison.

Emerging from the Supreme Court yesterday, he said: “The work that they demonstrated was nothing short of outstanding,” The Brisbane Times reports.

“They formed a suspicion very early in the piece, contacted their supervisors, who again performed some outstanding work notifying the Criminal Investigation Branch at an early stage.

“Police officers giving up days off, public holidays, police recruits doing the same, working hand in hand with the State Emergency Service, the Queensland Fire Service, the Brisbane City Council … everyone determined to find Allison,” Superintendent Ainsworth said.

But director of Kelly Hazel Quill Lawyers, Justin Quill, told the ABC that while Baden-Clay may have “very good” grounds to appeal the conviction.

“Potentially there is an appeal on conviction – that could be on a whole stack of grounds,” he told the ABC.

“Those grounds could be the exclusion of particular pieces of evidence. It could be taking the judge to task on the precise wording of the charge or the answers to the questions,” he said.

Mr Quill said Baden-Clay will not be able to appeal the length of the sentence.

On Friday 1st August it’s Wear Yellow for Allison Baden-Clay Day.  This day is not about raising money. Instead Allison’s friends and family asks you to wear some yellow and perform an act of kindness (big or small) in memory of Allison.  If you wish to donate money to The Late Allison Baden-Clay Children’s Trust Fund, you can do so using these details —  BSB: 084 737  Account Number: 943 084 078

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