Friday 30 September 2016

Man who murdered Jill Meagher has jail term cut by three years

Geraldine Gittens

Published 13/07/2016 | 14:13

Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia in 2012
Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia in 2012

The man who murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher has had a subsequent rape conviction quashed and his jail term cut by three years.

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The jail term was cut after the Court of Appeal found a trial judge erred in allowing a jury to hear crucial identification evidence, the Age newspaper has reported.

Adrian Bayley (44) was jailed for at least 35 years for the rape and murder of the Louth woman.

Jill was last seen alive walking home from an inner city bar in Melbourne in the early hours of September 22 2012.

Bayley was found guilty in May of last year of three more violent rapes and was sentenced to 18 years in jail for those crimes.

Bayley appealed against the convictions in the first and third rape trials, and the sentences in all three trials.

The Court of Appeal reduced Bayley's non-parole period from 43 years to 40.

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