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Monday 21 April 2014

Heartbroken father of murdered Jill Meagher has incurable brain disease

Jill Meagher was murdered in the early hours of 22 September 2012.

The heartbroken father of murdered Jill Meagher has been diagnosed with an incurable brain disease.

Devastated George McKeon has revealed to Australian television that he is battling a life-threatening brain condition after suffering three strokes.

The Perth-based dad opened up about his illness while also recounting the pain of losing his beautiful 29-year-old daughter in September last year.

Edith, Jill's mother, said her husband's medical condition was difficult to deal with on top of her grief over her daughter.

Mr McKeon also admitted that he faces financial ruin after being ordered by a US court to appear in Ireland this week over a civil law suit. However, his brain condition prevents him from flying.

He faced a penalty of around €176,000 if he does not obey the US court order.

Mrs McKeon told Australian television: “I can't cry anymore tears, I'm all cried out."

"We've lost our daughter to the most horrendous, horrendous death,” she said.

“We succeeded in putting it away,” she added, referring to Adrian Ernest Bayley who was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 35-year non-parole period for the rape and murder of her daughter.

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