Allison Baden-Clay
Allison Baden-Clay

Gerard Baden-Clay's charge to face High Court appeal

THE HIGH Court will hear the Queensland Department of Public Prosecution's appeal against the sentence handed down on Gerard Baden-Clay for the death of his wife Allison.

Baden-Clay is already serving a life sentence in a Queensland prison for the killing his wife Allison at their Brookfield, Brisbane home in 2014.

But that sentence, handed down by the Supreme Court, saw the DPP's recommended charge of murder downgraded to a manslaughter charge, of which the former real estate agent was convicted.

Baden-Clay's lawyers have argued there was not enough evidence to support a murder charge, and that he may have covered up her death by dumping her body after she died accidentally.

Since Baden-Clay was sentenced, some 73,000 people have signed a petition urging the state's DPP to appeal the sentence.

The High Court this morning agreed to hear the appeal, but a specific date is yet to be set for the hearings.

Allison's family, the Dickie family, this morning released a statement that they would not be commenting on the Court's ruling.

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts today urged all Queenslanders to respect the High Court's decision on the matter.

"It is important now to allow the final chapter of the legal process to play out according to the practices and procedures of the courts, and without hyperbolic media commentary," he said.

"We need to remember that whatever people think of the result, this is the final act of a tragedy in which three daughters have lost a mother, two parents have lost a daughter, siblings a sister and we should not, as a community, allow this to turn into a sideshow."

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath declined making comment on the decision. 

She said as the matter would progress to a full appeal hearing before that court, it was not appropriate to make any further comment. - ARM NEWSDESK


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