Friday 23 March 2018

Bayley appeals length of sentence for rape and murder of Jill Meagher

Jill and Tom Meagher on their wedding day
Jill and Tom Meagher on their wedding day
Adrian Ernest Bailey
Jill Meagher and husband Tom
Jill Meagher
Jill Meagher
Adrian Ernest Bayley

THE man convicted of the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher has lodged an appeal against the length of his jail term.

Adrian Ernest Bayley lodged his appeal with the Supreme Court yesterday, Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper has confirmed

Jill Meagher’s family has been notified.

Last month, Mr Justice Geoffrey Nettle sentenced Bayley to life in prison with a 35-year minimum term.

During the sentencing, Mr Justice Nettle described Ms Meagher’s rape and murder as “savage and degrading”.

Bayley raped and strangled Ms Meagher (29) in a laneway just 500m from the home she shared with her husband Tom in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick on the night of September 21 last.

She had been out with work colleagues from media organisation ABC beforehand.

Her husband was waiting for her to arrive at their home when the attack happened.

Bayley approached Ms Meagher as she walked home alone. As she tried to get away from him, he dragged her into a laneway where he raped and strangled her. He later moved her body to another location.

The alarm was raised the following morning by her husband Tom, and her bag was found in the area.

In sentencing Bayley, Mr Justice Nettle said: "You were determined to have your way with her and so you overpowered her and raped her where she stood.

"Then you attacked her again because she was threatening to call the police, and in the process you strangled her."

The crime caused massive controversy in Australia and led to a demand for change to the country’s laws after it emerged that Bayley had been out on parole at the time of Ms Meagher’s murder.

He had previously served 11 years in jail for the rapes and sexual assaults.

"As your criminal record reveals, you are a recidivist violent sexual offender who has little compunction about sexual offending when the mood takes you, or about threatening and inflicting violence as part of the process," Justice Nettle told Bayley.

"I see little reason now, and little has been suggested, to suppose you will ever be rehabilitated."

At the time of the sentencing, Bayley (41) showed little emotion as he stood just 10 metres away from Ms Meagher’s family. He kept his face to the floor and made no eye contact with the family.

After the sentencing, her father George McKeon said: "Jill lived a life full of family, friends and her beloved (husband) Tom.

"Jill was brutally raped and murdered and is never coming back. Because of (the efforts of homicide detectives and prosecutors involved in the case) justice has now been done."

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