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Friday 25 April 2014

Jill's grief-stricken father suffering from incurable brain disease

Jill Meagher with her parents Edith and George
Jill Meagher with her father George

THE grief-stricken father of murder victim Jill Meagher has revealed that he has an incurable brain disease, and is now facing huge financial difficulties.

George McKeon, who lives in Perth with his wife Edith, revealed in an interview with an Australian news channel yesterday that he has been diagnosed with an incurable brain condition.

The interview, which was broadcast on Channel 10 news, also revealed that he is now facing financial difficulties, as his medical condition prevents him from attending a court hearing in Dublin next week in connection with a complex civil law suit. The case is not related to the death of his daughter.

Ordered to attend by a US court, George faces a penalty of €176,000 if he if is not present in the Dublin court.

George (pictured above with Jill) has also suffered a number of strokes.

Jill's parents travelled to Melbourne from Perth earlier in the year to see Adrian Bayley sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of their 29-year-old daughter.

Jill was walking home after a night out with colleagues in Melbourne when she was attacked by Bayley.

"We've lost our daughter to the most horrendous death.

"We succeeded in putting 'it' away," Jill's mother Edith said, referring to Bayley.

The McKeon's are facing a difficult second Christmas without their daughter. "I can't cry anymore tears, I'm cried out. She always had a lovely, lovely smile, and we miss her dreadfully," Edith added.

The family said the change in attitude towards violence against women in the wake of their daughter's death was "Jill's legacy" and that it acted as a source of "comfort" to them.

Michael McKeon, George's brother who is based in their native Drogheda, Co Louth, confirmed that he had been in touch with his brother about his recent troubles, but did not wish to make any further comment on the matter.

By Emma Jane Hade

Irish Independent

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