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Rape victim of Adrian Bayley who murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher 'dresses as a male so as not to be disturbed by men'

Sam Griffin

Published 27/05/2015 | 21:30

Adrian Bayley
Adrian Bayley
Jill Meagher, who was murdered in Australia in 2012 by Adrian Bayley, photographed with her husband Tom

Victims of Adrian Bayley, who raped and murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher in Australia in 2012, say they live in fear every day despite the fact he is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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Bayley will be sentenced tomorrrow for raping three women in the years before he was convicted of killing Ms Meagher.

Two of the attacks were carried out while he was released on bail as he appealed a sentence for another violent crime.

As part of the sentencing, victim impact statements were yesterday read out at the Victoria court where the sentencing hearing is taking place.

One of the victims said she has suffered severe mental health issues and anxiety since she was attacked.

“Every day is hard, but it makes it easier knowing he’s in jail, hopefully forever,” she said

Jill Meagher, who was murdered in Australia in 2012 by Adrian Bayley, photographed with her husband Tom
Jill Meagher, who was murdered in Australia in 2012 by Adrian Bayley, photographed with her husband Tom

Another victim said she had difficulties trusting people now and dresses as a male sometimes so as not to be disturbed by men.

The third woman said she has not told her parents about what had happened to her the night she was attacked.

“I feared for my life. That kind of fear I’ll take with me for the rest of my life,” she said. “I realised I was going to be raped, things you see on television.”

Bayley is currently serving a life sentence with a non-parole period of 35 years. Prosecutors are arguing that Bayley should be sentenced as a serious sexual offender and said he has shown no evidence of remorse.

His defence lawyer told the court they could not argue against him serving a longer non-parole period.

Reserving sentencing until tomorrow, the judge indicated she may increase the non-parole period.

With the current non-parole period, Bayley would not be eligible for parole until he was 76 years old.

Bayley was sentenced for the murder of Drogheda-born Jill Meagher in 2013.Ms Meagher was working as a journalist in Melbourne at the time she was killed.

Her husband Tom has since become an advocate for women’s rights and is an ambassador with the White Ribbon Ireland campaign.

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