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Alison's family welcomes High Court ruling

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016

The family of Allison Baden-Clay say they are relieved her husband's murder conviction has been reinstated by the High Court.

"Today's decision in the High Court comes with relief and elation," family friend Kerry Anne Walker said in a prepared statement read outside the court in Canberra.

"Despite many Queenslanders being labelled as ignorant when they protested the downgrade to manslaughter, the common sense of the original jury has prevailed and justice for Allison has finally been realised."

Ms Walker said the decision reflected what the family already knew: that Gerard Baden-Clay murdered his wife.

"In a fair and open trial, a jury found that there was enough evidence to convict Gerard Baden-Clay of murder. They felt there was motive and certainly intent.

"Thankfully, today Australia's High Court judges agree with this decision and have reinstated the conviction of murder."

Baden-Clay was convicted of his wife's murder in 2014 but his conviction was downgraded by Queensland's Court of Appeal last year on the grounds the prosecution had not put forward the possibility the real estate agent had killed his wife accidentally to the jury.

That decision prompted a public outcry that led prosecutors to take the matter to the High Court.

Ms Walker paid tribute to prosecutors and Queensland police and others who helped with the case.

She said Allison would continue to live on through her three daughters.

"Allison loved being a wife and a mother and worked incredibly hard to do both to the best of her ability. Even though it has been said many times before, she was indeed an amazing woman."

"Her legacy will be her three beautiful girls who, surrounded by their memories of Allison, and the love and support of Allison's devoted family, are thriving in their busy lives."

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