Max Sica, left, and Gerard Baden-Clay. Pic: Supplied/7 News Queensland
Max Sica, left, and Gerard Baden-Clay. Pic: Supplied/7 News Queensland

Gerard Baden-Clay 'friends with triple killer'

GERARD Baden-Clay, the former real estate agent convicted of killing his wife Allison, has reportedly struck up a friendship with a triple murderer in prison.

Seven News and News Corp reported Baden-Clay is friends inside with  Massimo "Max" Sica.

They have been seen wandering the prison grounds together between shifts pushing food trolleys around the Wolston Correctional Centre.

A new mugshot of Baden-Clay surfaced on Channel 7 last night, showing the 45-year-old looking vastly different from when he was first charged with the murder of his wife in 2012.

He looks heavier, clean-shaven and with a crew cut.

Sica is serving Queensland's longest sentence - 35 years - for the gruesome murder of Sidhi, Kunal and Neelma Singh at their Bridgeman Downs home in 2003.

Documents lodged with the High Court of Australia late on Monday outlined the DPP's argument against the Court of Appeal's decision to reduce Baden-Clay's charge from murder to manslaughter.

The documents say the Court of Appeal erred in deciding that Baden-Clay's "lies, disguising his wounds and his disposal of his wife's body were 'intractably neutral' on the issue of intent and that the jury could not properly have been satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the element of intent to kill or do grievous bodily harm had been proved without first considering the significance of that evidence in the context of the other evidence in the case".

The appeal paperwork also says the court erred "in concluding that there was no evidence of relevant motive."

The documents also say the Court of Appeal's decision was "inconsistent" with rulings made by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Gerard Baden-Clay
Gerard Baden-Clay

Earlier this month, the state's Director of Public Prosecutions lodged submissions opposing the downgrading of the murder conviction of Baden-Clay.

In July, 2014, a jury found Baden-Clay guilty of murder. He was sentenced to life in jail for the 2012 murder of his wife Allison.

He successfully appealed the conviction late last year and the murder conviction was downgraded to manslaughter.

The High Court of Australia confirmed the DPP's summary of argument and draft notice of appeal were filed late on Monday.

The conviction change was followed by widespread outrage late last year, particularly from domestic violence survivors and frontline workers.

A memorial for Allison Baden-Clay has been erected at the site where her body was found at Kholo Creek. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
A memorial for Allison Baden-Clay has been erected at the site where her body was found at Kholo Creek. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Mrs Baden-Clay's body was found under an Anstead bridge in April, 2012.

Shortly after, police charged her real estate agent husband with murder and interfering with a corpse.

*For 24-hour support phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or Men's Line on 1800 600 636, NSW's Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).


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