Gerard Baden-Clay leaves the police station. Photo: Network Ten
Gerard Baden-Clay would “cop the consequences and admit what he’s done for the sake of his own daughters” if he had “shred of decency”, acting Justice Minister Peter Dutton says.
“The law’s an ass and sorry to say that’s the reality,” Mr Dutton told 2GB Radio on Thursday, echoing the front page of the Courier Mail.
Geoff and Priscilla Dickie, Alison Baden-Clay’s parents, leave Brisbane Supreme Court after the appeal decision. Photo: Glenn Hunt
“Judges should have independence but they should reflect community views.”
The Court of Appeal’ set aside Baden-Clay’s murder conviction, opting for a manslaughter verdict over the death of his wife Allison.
“Nobody is saying that there is an investigation ongoing to find who the killer was of Allison,” Mr Dutton said.
“I feel for those poor girls and Allison’s parents – they are to be dragged through this again.
“This bloke, if he had one shred of decency would stick his hand up, he would cop the consequences and admit to what he’s done for the sake of his own daughters.”
Baden-Clay had in August challenged last year’s conviction for murdering his wife on a number of grounds, including that the jury’s verdict was unreasonable.
Queensland’s Chief Justice Catherine Holmes and two other Court of Appeal judges set aside last year’s trial verdict on Tuesday and changed it to manslaughter.
Legal experts say the shock decision means Baden-Clay could be out of jail in just a few years.
The state attorney-general’s department is seeking legal advice about possibly appealing the manslaughter conviction.
“The department is working extremely hard to get that advice as soon as possible,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday.
“But this is a very serious issue and once we get that advice we’ll be making a more formal comment.”