The husband of Brisbane mother Allison Baden-Clay has briefly faced court charged with her murder.

Gerard Baden-Clay, 41, was arrested and charged yesterday with one count of murder, and one count of unlawfully interfering with a corpse.

He spent the night in the watch house before his first appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

Wearing a checked shirt and dark trousers, Baden-Clay sat in the dock with his back to the packed gallery. He did not speak during the 30-second hearing.

Baden-Clay reported his wife and the mother of their three children missing from the family’s Brookfield home on the morning of April 20, saying she’d failed to return from a late night walk.

The body of the 43-year-old was found on the banks of a creek at Anstead 10 days later.

Baden-Clay’s lawyers are expected make a Supreme Court application for his release on bail before the end of the week.

No further details of the allegations were read out in court.

Baden-Clay was remanded in custody until his next appearance on July 9.

His lawyer has previously told reporters the charges will be vigorously defended.

The West Australian

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