Allison's best friend Kerry-Anne Walker has read out a statement outside the court. It was given on behalf of Allison's friends and family:

TODAY, we, Allison's family and friends, are relieved that we finally have justice for Allison.  The evidence presented at this trial has proven that Gerard Baden-Clay is responsible for the murder of his wife Allison. 

It has been a long wait over the last two years, and this result today marks the beginning of our long journey towards healing, and finally allowing us to mourn and grieve for this beautiful woman.

Today is not a win for our family, for it will not bring our beautiful Allison back. However, it is the closure of another chapter in this journey for our family.

>> Victim Impact Statements from Allison's family have been released, see them here

We have lost Allison and nothing that has happened here will bring her back.  We as a family will grieve her tragic death forever, the memories tarnished by the fact that she was taken from us in such horrific circumstances.

We would like to thank the Queensland Police Service and the CIB officers involved in the investigation, the SES volunteers who searched night and day in all weather, the scientific experts and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who have all worked tirelessly to ensure that we have justice for Allison. 

We would also like to thank them for their compassion and support over what has been the darkest of times.

To all of our family and friends that have sat in the court each and every day supporting our beloved Allison, we thank you and hope that you too now find some peace from this result.

Throughout this time, those in the close knit Brookfield community and those in the media and wider public have shown us empathy and compassion for which we are enormously grateful. More so, however, we have appreciated your efforts to protect the privacy of Allison's daughters.

Our primary concern has always been and remains the emotional and physical well-being of Allison's three beautiful daughters.  We will help them to rebuild their lives and ask for your support, cooperation and privacy in order to do this.  We have a long way to go ensure that they will cope with a future without their mother.

Allison was a kind-hearted, generous woman, a loving wife and devoted mother whose legacy will continue if we all remember that life is precious and to take the time to be kind, smile at those who pass you by and live for today.

We, her family and friends, didn't get a chance to say goodbye but Allison will always remain forever in our hearts.

Thank you

Gerard Baden-Clay sentenced to life in prison

GERARD Baden-Clay has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Justice John Byrne said Allison was an unsuspecting wife.

He said the affair tormented Allison.

Justice Byrne said all the pressures on Baden-Clay compounded on the night he murdered her.

"The prosecution suggested you smothered Allison and that looks likely," he said.

"But whatever the mechanism, your violent attack caused her death."

Justice Byrne said the fingernail scratches showed Allison was a desperate woman struggling for life.

"Your shameful conduct after murdering Allison bespeaks a profound absence of remorse," he said.

"You have no criminal history but you are definitely not of good character."

Justice Byrne said Baden-Clay disposed of his wife in an undignified way and then assisted in the deception.

Life imprisonment in Queensland is a minimum 15 years non-parole.

It increased to 20 years shortly after Allison's death.

A member of the Baden-Clay family said "we love you mate" as he was led into the watchhouse cells. 

Allison Baden-Clay's sister: My heart breaks

ALLISON'S older sister Vanessa Fowler said her heart broke for the people left behind.

She said Allison was a busy person and she was surprised she ever had time to sit on a couch as her husband had testified.

"There is still a void, a dark hole inside us," she said of the loss.

Mrs Fowler said there was an over focus on the negatives Allison had been ridiculed, demoralised and disrespected during the trial, she said.

She said Allison's husband inflicted those things in life and death.

"Allison was strong and fought to the death...  to make sure you paid for your evil ways," she said.

"It's because of you that there you girls will never have their mother."

Mrs Fowler said this was the first time Allison had been able to come out on top.

She did not commit suicide or wander off, she said, and described her as a hero.

Mum remembers Allison Baden-Clay after guilty verdict

ALLISON'S mother Priscilla Dickie said her daughter was a wonderful mother and spoke of the telling marks on Gerard's face.

"One of the last things Allison did was leave her mark on her husband," she said.

Mrs Dickie said she was devastated to know Allison was living in such a fearful relationship.

She said Baden-Clay's constant self-interest and lying to family and friends was disgusting.

"He has betrayed her and made a mockery of their marriage," she said.

"He promised to take care of her ... He did the opposite."

Mrs Dickie said Baden-Clay had shown no remorse.

"Allison stayed and she died," she said.

"The sorrow and loss of our precious daughter... has been difficult.

"Allison did not leave her girls.

"We have all been robbed of Allison's love and guidance."

Mrs Dickie said the three Baden-Clay daughters were resilient but they faced a life sentence without the love and companionship only a mother can give.

She said she took on her new role as mother to her grandchildren but it had been heartbreaking.

"The tragedy of it all is that she had so much to offer," she said.

Baden-Clay has been crying as Mrs Dickie speaks of her daughter.

"You have changed your daughter's destiny," she said.

"They must go through life without a mother."

Geoff Dickie said he was devastated about losing his daughter.

He told the court Allison was constantly trying to improve herself and change her appearance to live up to Baden-Clay's standards.

"She paid the ultimate price for her marriage," he said.

Mr Dickie said he had trouble sleeping because of the tragedy.

He said his daughter would have fought hard and he could not help think about her dying moments.

He said her death had affected so many people.

Mr Dickie said it was an immense privilege to look after his there grandchildren.

"They did not have a chance to say goodbye," he said.

"She will be absent from special occasions."

Baden-Clay sobbing as Mr Dickie talks about the future of his three daughters.

Mr Dickie said he had failed as a father.

He said he gave permission for marriage but Gerard had betrayed him.

Mr Dickie said he was incensed that Baden-Clay had sullied his daughter's life when she could not bee here to defend her.

Gerard Baden-Clay found guilty of murder

FATHER of three Gerard Baden-Clay will be sentenced to life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of murdering his wife Allison and dumping her body under the Kholo Creek bridge.

The seven men and five women tasked with deciding his fate filed into Brisbane Supreme Court just before noon after 21 hours of deliberations to deliver their verdict.

"Do you find the accused Gerard Robert Baden-Clay guilty or not guilty of murder?" Justice John Byrne's associate asked the 12 jurors.

"Guilty," they replied.

"So says your speaker, so say you all?" she asked.

They all agreed.

EARLIER: Jury prepares to deliver verdict on Gerard Baden-Clay

Baden-Clay murdered Allison Baden-Clay, 43, at the couple's rented Brookfield home late on April 19 or early on April 20, 2012.

While only her murderer will ever know how she died, Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller had suggested Baden-Clay strangled or smothered his wife in a close, violent encounter where she clawed at him with her fingernails.

Police photographs of marks on Gerard Baden-Clay's skin used as evidence in court.
Police photographs of marks on Gerard Baden-Clay's skin used as evidence in court. The Brisbane Times


The former real estate agent has always maintained the three scratches on the right side of his face were shaver cuts from an old, blunt razor but the Crown argued that was Mrs Baden-Clay leaving her mark upon him as she lost her fight for her life.

On the Crown case, Baden-Clay then used Mrs Baden-Clay's Holden Captiva - where a rivulet of her blood was found - to transport her to the Kholo Creek bridge where her body was found on April 30.

More Baden-Clay coverage: Justice refused to chuck out murder charge

Baden-Clay, 43, has always maintained his innocence, making his first supreme court bail application within days of his arrest in June, 2012, and a second six months later in December, 2012.

He was denied bail on both occasions which means he has been in custody since June 13, 2012.

 Baden-Clay has repeatedly told police he believed she had gone for a walk and never returned.

Mr Fuller had argued Baden-Clay tailored his testimony to fit his version of events and called it a scripted performance.
He said Baden-Clay played up his wife's depression in the hope the jury would believe she committed suicide.


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