Gerard Baden-Clay
Gerard Baden-Clay

Gerard Baden-Clay set to face trial in June

MURDER accused Gerard Baden-Clay will face trial in June over his wife Allison's death.

The trial date, set for June 9 before Justice John Byrne, was revealed during a brief mention in Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle told the court he intended to contest a family counsellor's protest at testifying in the trial.

The woman has claimed a section of the Family Law Act precludes her from revealing confidential discussions.

While there was initially some suggestion in a previous court mention that there would be a constitutional challenge if the woman was successful, Mr Boyle said the Crown would not advance that argument.

But he said if the court ruled the counsellor must give evidence, he wanted a preliminary hearing with the woman ahead of the trial.

The Family Law Act challenge is set down for October 1 while evidence pre-recording is set down for February 24.

Mr Baden-Clay is accused of murdering his wife at their Brookfield home, in Brisbane, in April last year and then dumping her body under a bridge at Kholo Creek, near Ipswich.

A canoeist found the mother of three's body 10 days later.

Mr Baden-Clay has always maintained his innocence.


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