Photo of Jill's body shown at charity fundraiser
THE mother-in-law of murder victim Jill Meagher, left, has expressed her shock after a crime-scene photo of Jill's body in a shallow grave was shown to an audience of hundreds at a charity fundraiser.
Victoria Police has offered its sincerest apologies for what it called the "unfortunate error", which distressed members of the 400-strong audience at a Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia fundraiser in Bendigo last Friday. The photograph was shown by homicide squad veteran Det Senior Sgt Ron Iddles, as part of a talk about his job.
Acting deputy commissioner Steve Fontana has apologised.
"This was a deeply unfortunate error of judgment and my sincere apologies are extended to Jill's family, friends, the community, and in particular to her husband Tom," he said.
Members of the audience said they were upset by the graphic image shown to them.
"I was shocked and where I was sitting a few people looked at each other and there were raised eyebrows," one said.
Jill's mother-in-law Joan Meagher last night said: "We hadn't heard about this and I'm shocked by it. Why would anyone show such an image to a fundraiser for men's cancer?
"I don't know in what circumstances it was shown, but it hardly seems appropriate and I can only imagine people were shocked at seeing it. I can only hope that it was a genuine mistake on behalf of the man giving the talk. I'm not calling for him to resign or anything."