Rocky IT entrepreneur on Baden-Clay High Court win
THE relief of having Gerard Baden-Clay's murder conviction for the death of his wife Allison reinstated was still sinking in four hours after the news hit Bevan Slattery's ears.
Mr Slattery was one of four people who led a public fight against the Court of Appeal decision to set aside the murder conviction and replace it with manslaughter in December 2015.
"It is a relief that justice has been served," he said.
The former Rockhampton schoolboy and businessman spoke with The Bulletin this afternoon while he was in the taxi on his way home from the Brisbane Airport, before doing the school pick up run.
While the news was good, it was hampered by reflective thoughts of the technology entrepreneur.
"When you get home to your own kids, you realise that's something Allison will never get to do again," Mr Slattery said.
Five justices in Australia's highest court unanimously found the Queensland Court of Appeal erred in concluding the jury's guilty verdict for murder was unreasonable, and subsequently downgrading the conviction to manslaughter.
They found Baden-Clay's evidence at trial that he had nothing to do with his wife's death was inconsistent with his argument on appeal that Allison's death could have been unintentional.
The justices also found the jury were entitled to making a finding of guilt on the murder charge regarding all of the evidence.
Two years ago last month, Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted of murdering his wife Allison and dumping her body on a bank at Kholo Creek at Ipswich in 2012.
Last year, the Queensland appeal court found there was a reasonable hypothesis for a possible physical confrontation where a subsequent fall could have caused Allison's death.
It concluded the prosecution had failed to exclude the hypothesis Baden-Clay unintentionally killed his wife.
In a summary of a judgment handed down in Canberra this morning, the High Court said the hypothesis on which the Queensland Court of Appeal acted was not available on the evidence.
Read the full coverage of today's decision here: How Baden-Clay's lies finally undid him in the end
Mr Slattery joined Allison's friend Nicole Morrison, her husband Simon and Olympian Libby Trickett in Canberra today to hear the High Court judgement.
He said the four of them went straight from the High Court to the airport to fly home and were answering calls, text messages and messages online about the decision along the way.
Mr Slattery said from what he could understand from the conversations afterwards was that the High Court decision today had set many precedents.
He said he wasn't sure what those precedents meant as he had not yet read the judgement notes, but the group would do that in the coming weeks and then decide if there was something to move forward with.
"We are just going to let it (the murder conviction reinstatement news) sink in," Mr Slattery said.
He said it was overwhelming the support from the community in the push to have the murder conviction reinstated.
"It was pretty special.... It's been very touching."