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Accused Baden-Clay's morning texts to wife

Accused Baden-Clay's morning texts to wife

Wed June 27, 2012 1:03am

ACCUSED killer Gerard Baden-Clay sent messages to his wife Allison asking where she was before reporting her missing.

Baden-Clay, 41, was last week refused bail on a charge of murdering his wife on April 19 before reporting her missing the following morning.

In documents tendered to the Supreme Court during his bail application, police said the Brisbane real estate agent sent a text message to his wife's phone at 6.20am on April 20 saying: "Good morning! Hope you slept well? Where are you? ... Love G".

The police affidavit said at 6.41am Baden-Clay sent another text saying: "Al, getting concerned. Where are you? ... I'm dressed and about to make lunches. Please just text me back or call! Love G".

In refusing bail, Justice David Boddice said he considered Baden-Clay a flight risk but in an affidavit dated June 21, about a week after his arrest, Baden-Clay denied he was a flight or suicide risk.

"I've never considered it. I maintain my innocence and will be strenuously defending the charges," he said.

"I note that no attempts of self harm have been made by me despite the intense media scrutiny, and the report of me as a person of interest as early as April 23, 2012."

Opposing bail, prosecutor Danny Boyle claimed Baden-Clay was more than $1 million in debt and stood to gain $967,000 from his wife's life insurance and superannuation.

He alleged Baden-Clay had told his mistress Toni McHugh he would leave his wife after he "sorted out" his financial situation. Police also allege Baden-Clay was having affairs with two other women.

Baden-Clay's barrister Peter Davis SC described the Crown case as "weak", saying there had been no cause of death ascertained, no evidence of where or when Mrs Baden-Clay was killed, and no evidence to show he had left home on the night she disappeared.

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