Australian of the year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty is stunned and totally gutted by the downgrade to manslaughter to Gerard Baden-Clay’s previous murder conviction.
In a recent interview with ABC news, Rosie explained her strong feelings to the decision, “I just can’t believe it – and I don’t know whether I should say so or not – I just cannot believe a history of violence that’s very clear can be appealed and made to be manslaughter.
It absolutely sends the same message that I’m saying all of the time, that we undermine, disregard a victim in a violent relationship,” said Rosie, “Why is it so hard to believe when there is a history of violence that that murder is not intentional?”
The decision to downgrade the verdict to manslaughter was made in the Queensland Court Of Appeal on Tuesday on the basis of a finding of no solid evidence of Bayden-Clay’s intent to kill his wife, Allison.
Baden-Clay is due to be re-sentenced next year.
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