THE man accused of the murder of Drogheda native Jill Meagher in Australia last year will contest the charges.
Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court via video link overnight for a brief committal mention, through which he remained mostly silent.
He spoke only to say "Yes I can, yes" after Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton asked him whether he could see and hear the court.
Mr Bayley sat in a video room at the Melbourne Assessment Prison, he was clean-shaven and in a black designer-style shirt with no tie. He sat with his hands clasped on a desk. The court was told he had insisted he would contest the charges of raping and murdering of Jill Meagher on September 22 last.
The judge granted a continuance of a suppression order banning any damaging or potentially prejudicial material about Mr Bayley being published, particularly on social networking sites.
No application was made for bail and Mr Bayley will appear again for a two-day committal hearing on March 12.
Ms Meagher had been out with friends in the Brunswick area of Melbourne before she went missing.
Her body was found in a shallow grave beside a dirt road in Gisborne South, about 45km from where she was last seen.