Estate agent in custody as wife’s murder denied

Allison Baden-Clay.GERARD BADEN-CLAY will spend his first night in a Queensland prison under observation in a medical centre, after being charged with the murder of his wife, Allison. The 41-year-old real estate agent was charged on Wednesday with the murder of his wife and improperly interfering with her body.

Media packed the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, where a stony-faced Mr Baden-Clay appeared briefly in the glass-enclosed dock of Courtroom 3.

Wearing the same dark trousers and a neatly ironed business shirt in which he was arrested, he sat with his back turned to the public gallery and his head bowed. He was remanded in custody until July 9 and instructed to provide police with a DNA sample.

According to a charge sheet presented to the court, Mr Baden-Clay killed his wife at their home on Brookfield Road on April 19.

He is further charged with improperly interfering with her body at Kholo Creek, where her remains were found 10 days after she was reported missing.

Yesterday, Mr Baden-Clay’s solicitor, Darren Mahony, lodged a bail application in the Supreme Court. Further details of the case are expected to be revealed when the application is heard next Thursday.

Outside court, Mr Mahony said his client intended to fight the charges.

”Mr Baden-Clay maintains his innocence,” he said. ”The next step is to apply for bail in the Supreme Court.”

Mrs Baden-Clay disappeared from her home in the western Brisbane suburb of Brookfield.

Her husband reported her missing on Friday, April 20, allegedly telling police he last saw his wife watching television in their living room about 10pm the previous night.

Mrs Baden-Clay’s family has thanked police for their efforts.

”We would like to thank all the people who have worked so tirelessly in the wake of this terrible tragedy,” the family said in a statement.

”We love Allison and will always miss her dearly.”

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