Eldest of three girls whose father Gerard Baden-Clay murdered their mum Allison graduates from uni


The lookalike eldest daughter of Allison Baden-Clay is following in her murdered mom’s dance footsteps as she celebrates her college commencement – 10 years after her father’s heinous crime. 

Hannah Baden-Clay has honoured Allison’s cherished years as an aspiring ballerina by finishing a course in dance efficiency on the Queensland College of Expertise.

The sleek 20-year-old posed in her commencement cap and robe together with her sisters, Sarah, 18 and Ella, 15, who have been left with no mom when their dad Gerard Baden-Clay took her life in April 2012.

The three girls, introduced up by their maternal grandparents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie,  marked the tenth anniversary final month of the homicide of their ‘lovely, loving, sturdy and brave’ mom.

The girls’ father, who has been in custody in a Queensland jail since his arrest eight weeks after Allison’s dying, might stroll from jail in 2027 after serving simply 15 years of his ‘life’ sentence. 

Hannah, Sarah and Ella have been aged simply 10, 8 and 5 once they went to dwell on the Dickies’ Ipswich residence whereas their father confronted trial within the Brisbane Supreme Courtroom.

The three Baden-Clay sisters, Ella, 15, Hannah, 20, and Sarah, 18, celebrate Hannah's graduation from QUT with a dance performance degree, following in their late mother's footsteps

The three Baden-Clay sisters, Ella, 15, Hannah, 20, and Sarah, 18, rejoice Hannah’s commencement from QUT with a dance efficiency diploma, following in their late mom’s footsteps 

Ella, Sarah and Hannah Baden-Clay attend their mother's funeral in May, 2012, with their father Gerard who a month later would be charged with Allison's murder and put behind bars

Ella, Sarah and Hannah Baden-Clay attend their mom’s funeral in Could, 2012, with their father Gerard who a month later could be charged with Allison’s homicide and put behind bars

In April the Haden-Clay girls' grandparents, Priscilla and Geoff Dickie, marked the tenth anniversary since the murder of Allison by husband Gerard Baden-Clay (above the couple together)

In April the Haden-Clay girls’ grandparents, Priscilla and Geoff Dickie, marked the tenth anniversary for the reason that homicide of Allison by husband Gerard Baden-Clay (above the couple collectively)

The five-week 2016 trial heard how Gerard had plotted killing his spouse to money in on a life insurance coverage coverage and cement the connection along with his mistress Toni McHugh, who labored at his ailing actual property company at Brookfield in western Brisbane.

A descendant of scouting motion founder Lord Robert-Baden-Powell, Gerard’s father Nigel was plain outdated Mr Clay in his native Zimbabwe however with spouse Elaine and nine-year-old Gerard  got here to Australia because the Baden-Clays.

The dad and mom labored with Gerard at his property enterprise, began after a string of his job failures, and on the brink of going into receivership by late 2011.

On the morning of Friday, April 19, 2012, Gerard Baden-Clay referred to as police to report his spouse lacking, claiming he’d final seen her watching TV about 10pm the evening earlier than.

He defined away deep curved gouges on his face as ‘shaving cuts’, which police later photographed together with purple marks on his torso he blamed on a caterpillar assault.

Gerard didn’t be part of within the intensive police and neighborhood seek for the lacking mother-of-three, however phoned his mistress and advised her ‘we have to not talk and lay low’.

Hannah Baden-Clay has followed in the footsteps of her 'beautiful and courageous' mother with a dance performance degree

Hannah Baden-Clay  is the image of her mother, former ballerina Allison (above)

‘Stunning and powerful’ : Hannah (left) is the picture of her mom, former ballerina Allison (proper) in whose the 20-year-old has adopted with a dance efficiency diploma from QUT

Sarah, Hannah and Ella Baden-Clay with their aunt Allison Fowler and grandparents, Priscilla and Geoff Dickie on Strive To Be Kind Day, a creation of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation

Sarah, Hannah and Ella Baden-Clay with their aunt Allison Fowler and grandparents, Priscilla and Geoff Dickie on Try To Be Form Day, a creation of the Allison Baden-Clay Basis

Family members have described Allison' (above) three daughters as 'resilient and confident ... like their mother' and said if she could see them today she would be 'beaming with pride'

Relations have described Allison’ (above) three daughters as ‘resilient and assured … like their mom’ and mentioned if she might see them at this time she could be ‘beaming with delight’

Toni McHugh would later testify that Gerard had advised her earlier than Allison vanished that he now not beloved his spouse, that they had a sexless relationship and though he was fearful about Allison’s psychological well being, he could be out of the wedding by July 1, 2012.

At 11am on Monday, April 30, a canoeist discovered a girl’s physique beneath the Kholo Creek bridge at Anstead, about 30km west of the Baden-Clays residence.

After the physique was recognized as Allison, Nigel Baden-Clay crammed out life insurance coverage varieties for his son to signal. 

Detectives started looking for data of the actions of the Baden-Clays’ white Toyota Prado and silver Holden Captiva between 8pm and 5am the following day on the evening Allison disappeared.

On Could 11, Hannah, Sarah and Ella Baden-Clay attended their mom’s funeral with their father, who a month afterward June 13, was charged with murdering his spouse and improperly interfering together with her physique.

Gerard Baden-Clay was remanded in custody, taken from Brisbane Watchhouse to Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

The Baden-Clay family home in Brookfield in western Brisbane where Gerard reported wife Allison missing in April, 2012, only to be arrested for her murder eight weeks later

The Baden-Clay household residence in Brookfield in western Brisbane the place Gerard reported spouse Allison lacking in April, 2012, solely to be arrested for her homicide eight weeks later 

Gerard and Allison Baden-Clay's marriage had disintegrated as he had an affair and then plotted to murder her and collect of life insurance to prop up his failed real estate business

Gerard and Allison Baden-Clay’s marriage had disintegrated as he had an affair after which plotted to homicide her and acquire of life insurance coverage to prop up his failed actual property enterprise

Gerard Baden-Clay told police the curved gouges on his right cheek were shaving cuts but as a prosecutor said during his murder trial , Allison had 'lashed out and left her marks upon you' as he attacked in their family home

Gerard Baden-Clay advised police the curved gouges on his proper cheek have been shaving cuts however as a prosecutor mentioned throughout his homicide trial , Allison had ‘lashed out and left her marks upon you’ as he attacked in their household residence

He entered pleas of not responsible to the fees, and briefed attorneys to argue {that a} depressed Allison had left the house of her personal accord and brought her personal life. 

 On the trial in mid-2014, Queensland authorities botanist, Dr Gordon Guymer, recognized the species of vegetation forensic officers had present in Allison’s hair. 

Dr Guymer mentioned that whereas eucalyptus and Chinese language elm have been discovered at each Kholo Creek and the Baden-Clay home, crepe myrtle, cats claw creeper and fishbone fern have been solely on the latter location.

In a strong cross-examination of Baden-Clay earlier than the jury, Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller described the marks on the accused’s face after Allison disappeared and mentioned three witnesses had discovered it implausible they have been brought on by a razor blade.

‘You attacked her and the one method that she might reply was to lash out and claw at your face and depart marks upon it?’ Mr Fuller mentioned in a flurry of questions which the accused denied. 

‘Most likely you smothered her and took her life from her.

Toni McHugh became Gerard Baden-Clay's mistress when the pair worked together at his failing real estate agency, with him promising he would leave Alison for her  before murdered his wife

Toni McHugh turned Gerard Baden-Clay’s mistress when the pair labored collectively at his failing actual property company, with him promising he would depart Alison for her  earlier than murdered his spouse

‘Maybe her jumper got here up as she tried to battle you off. Up round her arms and up round her neck. Or did that occur later as you moved her physique … and dumped her within the creek.

‘You transported her to Kholo Creek and dumped her beneath the bridge unceremoniously … anxious to get again to your youngsters.

‘That was all finished by 1.48am maybe which is if you put your telephone again on its charger.

‘You began masking your tracks then …  the toys within the again of the automotive. Shaving, slicing your self simply on the backside edges to assist disguise, give some legitimacy to the declare they have been actually shaving cuts.

”And also you have been comfortable for police to look your own home? Since you knew there was nothing to be discovered.’

In distressing scenes performed out within the court docket videoed police interviews of Hannah, 10, and Sarah, 8, sat in their college uniforms sobbing as law enforcement officials requested them questions on their dad and mom.

Queensland government botanist, Dr Gordon Guymer, identified the species of plants in Allison's hair and said crepe myrtle, cats claw creeper and fishbone fern could only be found at the Baden-Clay house (above)

Queensland authorities botanist, Dr Gordon Guymer, recognized the species of vegetation in Allison’s hair and mentioned crepe myrtle, cats claw creeper and fishbone fern might solely be discovered at the Baden-Clay home (above)

Forensic police retrieved five plant species from Allison's hair which proved vital in establishing that she had been murdered at  home rather than left voluntarily and then taken her own life

Forensic police retrieved 5 plant species from Allison’s hair which proved important in establishing that she had been murdered at  residence quite than left voluntarily after which taken her personal life

Police seized two cars at the Baden-Clay family home and found a 'dripping blood' stain in the boot of Allison's silver Holden Captiva

Police seized two vehicles on the Baden-Clay household residence and located a ‘dripping blood’ stain within the boot of Allison’s silver Holden Captiva

Sarah had burst into tears when a policewoman requested her why she was being interviewed, replying: ‘As a result of of my mum. She’s lacking.’ 

Speaking about bedtime, the sobbing little lady mentioned of her mum: ‘She sings a track to me … Away In a Manger.’

At one level when a detective requested Sarah about whether or not her dad and mom have been ‘good mates’, and when requested why, she broke down, sobbing, ’trigger they’re by no means unhappy’.

The jury discovered Gerard Baden-Clay responsible of murdering Allison and he was sentenced to life, which in Queensland has a minimal time period of 15 years,

In 2015, the Queensland Courtroom of Legal Attraction controversially downgraded his homicide conviction to manslaughter, however after a public outcry from Allison’s household and supporters that was itself appealed. 

In 2016, the Excessive Courtroom of Australia overturned the choice and the homicide conviction was reinstated. 

Priscilla and Geoff Dickie, (above with daughter Vanessa) after the High Court sough to reinstate Gerard Baden-Clay's murder conviction, brought up Allison's three daughters after the tragedy

Priscilla and Geoff Dickie, (above with daughter Vanessa) after the Excessive Courtroom sough to reinstate Gerard Baden-Clay’s homicide conviction, introduced up Allison’s three daughters after the tragedy

Geoff Dickie with granddaughter Sarah Baden-Clay who has now graduated from Ipswich Girls Grammar and is attending university

Geoff Dickie with granddaughter Sarah Baden-Clay who has now graduated from Ipswich Girls Grammar and is attending college 

Within the years since, Gerard Baden-Clay – as soon as described as ‘a mannequin inmate’ – has been confined to cells for touching the buttocks of a male jail guard.

Workers at Wolston Correctional Centre mentioned Baden-Clay had gone from mannequin prisoner to at least one who was over-familiar with workers and ‘forgets his place’. 

The three Baden-Clay sisters attended Ipswich Excessive College the place the youngest remains to be a scholar in her mid-teens.

Sarah left college final yr to attend college and  in accordance with their household, they’ve grown as much as be ‘resilient and assured … like their mom’.

The Dickies and Allison’s sister Vanessa Fowler arrange the Allison Baden-Clay Basis to boost consciousness about home violence and the necessity for respectful relationships, and holds an annual Try To Be Form Day. 

The household with the Queensland Authorities started a $5000 Allison Baden-Clay senior program scholarship to assist younger ladies turn into skilled ballerinas.

In 2018, Hannah and Sarah Baden-Clay made their first public look to see Brisbane dance scholar Taji Hennessy obtain the inaugural award.

In April, across the time of Hannah’s QUT dance efficiency commencement, the Dickies launched an announcement , saying ‘Allison has been in our ideas day-after-day’ . 

‘Ten years have handed because you have been taken from us. Immediately, tomorrow and at all times, we lovingly keep in mind you,’ they wrote.

‘We keep in mind the fantastic individual that she was and for the enjoyment she dropped at us all in her on a regular basis life.

‘Regardless of her personal struggles and hurdles, she remained sturdy and brave.

‘Allison touched the lives of many. Dearest Allison, you stay perpetually in our hearts.’  

Vanessa Fowler advised Lady’s Day that would Allison see the girls at this time ‘their mum could be beaming with delight’.      



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