IT'S ALWAYS THE CHILDREN WHO SUFFER MOST
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
It’s a credit to the jury system that Gerard Baden-Clay has been found guilty of his wife Allison's murder and no reasonable person could have found otherwise on the evidence.
His extramarital affairs should not have been taken into account other than to support a motive, and indeed they appeared to do that.
But extreme sympathy should be reserved for the children. They woke up one morning and their mother had gone, within a short time they were told she had died in awful circumstances, no goodbye, no smile, no mother’s touch or one final hug, only a few cold photos to cling to.
The extent of the trauma suffered by those children is incomprehensible and they must have sought comfort in arms of their father.
Then the funeral and horrible people started to suggest it was their own father who had killed their mother, another stake through their little hearts.
Of course their father would have denied any role in their mother’s death, and they would have believed him because they would have needed to believe him, he was all they had left.
But then the nightmares kept rolling on... their father was arrested.
Their grandparents now needed to care for them but unfortunately their grandparents believed their father was guilty of their mother’s murder and although they would have tried to insulate them from the accusations, kids know.
Their confused loyalties must have been unbearable. The inescapable television reports, the overheard conversations, their friends’ repeated parental opinions, the newspaper headlines and cruel social media.
Then the final blow, the unthinkable... proof that their father did indeed kill their mother. And a moment later he was gone too. The children had just lost both parents in the most horrific of circumstances in one fell swoop.
It’s always the kids who need to pay for the selfishness of one parent.
Gerard Baden-Clay, in a conceited, cowardly rage, did all he could to ensure his innocent children would suffer for the rest of their lives.
And that’s the penalty of guilt he will never be able to seek remission or parole from.