THE family of Allison Baden-Clay, whose husband Gerard was convicted of her murder, have described the prospect of a "long road ahead of us" after an appeal was scheduled for August 7.
In a statement, the family says it has no comment to make regarding the looming appeal by Mr Baden-Clay, except to say they are waiting for the justice system to exhaust all avenues so they can "move forward with our grieving and our lives".
"We still have a long road ahead of us coming to terms with this horrific crime.
"We would ask you all to respect our privacy during this difficult time."
FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
On behalf of Allison's loving family and friends, we are aware that an appeal date has been set for August 7 in the Queensland Court of Appeal.
We have no comment to make on the matter other than we are waiting for the justice system to complete all relevant processes so we can move forward with our grieving and our lives.
We still have a long road ahead of us coming to terms with this horrific crime.
We would ask you all to respect our privacy during this difficult time. The family will be making no further comments on the matter.
Appeal date set for Baden-Clay
CONVICTED wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay's appeal has been scheduled to be heard in the Queensland Court of Appeal on August 7.
Baden-Clay was found guilty last year of murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay, 43, in April, 2012 and dumping her body under the Kholo Bridge Crossing at Anstead.
Her body was discovered 10 days after she was reported missing.
The jury spent about 21 hours deliberating before finding the former real estate agent guilty following a six week trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
According to documents filed last year the grounds of the appeal include the verdict of murder was unreasonable and a miscarriage of justice had occurred.
The defence claimed the jury should have been, but was not, directed that the presence of the deceased's blood (Allison Baden-Clay) in a motor vehicle was only relevant if the jury was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the presence of blood was attributable to an injury sustained to the deceased's body on the evening of April 19, 2012 or the morning of April 20, 2012.
Furthermore, the trial judge erred in law in not directing the jury that they needed to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the appellant (Gerard Baden-Clay) placed the body of the deceased at Kholo Creek in order to use such a finding as post-offence conduct going to guilt.
Lastly, the trial judge erred in leaving to the jury that the appellant attempted to disguise marks on his face by making razor cuts.
Baden-Clay is currently housed in the Wolston Correctional Centre where he is serving a life sentence for the murder.
- APN NEWSDESK.
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