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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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  • The should be a mininum sentence too – not a maxinum. The judges and Magistrates very rarely give the current maxinum sentence. In fact I’m not sure they ever have. In this case it is nothing short of murder. Obviously he has a “smart” lawyer who wants a very soft sentence for his client.

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  • I don’t think it was just Rosie Batty that was “gutted” by this result, The Alison’s family must be in total disbelieve.

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  • The legal system is a joke and she has every right to be upset

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  • The justice system is stuffed well and truly.

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  • So once again the abuser is given the benefit of the doubt despite the weight of evidence against him. The justice system is a joke when it comes to violence against women.

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  • Anyone that can see know’s. He is Guilty as sin. At first he never touched his wife in anyway. But now he is saying she made him do it Come OnNow our system is a JOKE

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  • I think she has all right to be disappointed in the system.

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  • Sometimes I shake my head and sigh at the legal system!

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  • Maybe there are a few who are not completely convinced that he is guilty – our justice system does have to take in both sides of the story before finally convicting him. He has never admitted to killing his wife and although he wasn’t faithful, nobody accused him of beating his wife or his children, only of straying. Think I’d like to hear more about it and maybe his daughters would like to be fully sure too.

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  • I am also totally gutted and agree wholeheartedly with The Courier Mail’s headline of THE LAW IS AN ASS. This does not help the cause for domestic violence and certainly does not help Allison’s family at all. A shocking decision. Let’s hope some common sense prevails.

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  • This is not the way to handle a cause of domestic violence. Very sad!!

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  • yeah i know. the other article was saying that he could be out by next christmas…

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  • As a Queensland grandmother who lives in the next suburb to the ill fated Allison Baden-Clay, this decision might be seen as legally and technically correct, but the message sent to domestic abusers is “You can get away with killing your partner.”

    There has been no mention made of the fact that Gerard Baden-Clay repeatedly perjured himself in Court during the trial where he was found guilty. He should also be judged for this. I have always been given to understand that lying in Court was also an offence for which he should be judged as well, with the appropriate penalty added to whatever incarceration period the subsequent sentencing process applies.

    With a daughter recently estranged from her verbally and physically abusive partner, and me having to house her and my grandson as a result, I am keenly interested in this case. I am just grateful that at last my daughter finally realised she was no good to her son dead.

    Allison did not even get the opportunity to do that, and as a result her daughters have lost their mother in the most horrible of circumstances.

    The law MUST reflect community standards. In this instance I would suggest that the women of Australia, most particularly Queensland have been denigrated by this decision.

    No wonder Rosie Batty is appalled.

    It is disgraceful

    10 years is not enough for a life. Sorry

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  • I think this is a disgusting piece of news. Whether he meant to kill her or not he still killed her and then lied constantly about it. Doesn’t this point more to him being guilty?

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  • I don’t think anybody can believe this. what a crock this just adds another insult to this poor lady she put up with all sorts from this asshole and now he gets away with a downgrade really…. are we not handing out justice anymore…? the same week Oscar pistorius gets an upgrade to the charge he should’ve had… we go backwards….

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