Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jill Meagher accused charged with her murder and three counts of rape

Jill Meagher
Jill Meagher
Adrian Bayley

The man accused of murdering Drogheda woman Jill Meagher is also of accused of raping her three times, an Australian court heard today.

 

Adrian Bayley (41) who appeared in court via video link this morning, is now facing one count of murder and three counts of rape.

In attendance at the court case was Jill’s grieving husband Tom who was joined by Homicide Squad detectives.

Six witnesses are expected to be called during the case which will focus on Jill’s disappearance and subsequent death in Melbourne in October last year.

Ms Meagher's husband, Tom, was in court flanked by Homicide Squad detectives today, and left court without comment following proceedings.

The court heard a separate police scientist had analysed damaged clothing, and Mr Bayley was seeking an independent textile expert to analyse that evidence.

Meanwhile, sex crimes squad detectives have also charged Bayley with the alleged rape and false imprisonments of the women in two separate attacks close to the same area where Jill (29) disappeared on April 5 and July 15.

It is the third unsolved rape case Mr Bayley has been accused of since the alleged rape and murder of Jill Meagher.

According to reports in the Australian 'Herald Sun', the new charge relating to the alleged attack on July 15 involves a 27-year-old Dutch backpacker who claims she was sexually assaulted in a lane in the Balaclava suburb of Melbourne.

She came forward after a photo was released by Victoria Police.

The woman, who spoke to the media in August, was walking home along Carlisle St between 2.30am and 3.30am from a pub in St Kilda when a man allegedly approached and told her she was being followed by a black car and persuaded her to get in his car.

After an alleged attack, the woman managed to convince him ''it was OK'' and that she would not report him to police in a bid to escape with her life.

The man then drove her home and as they walked to the front door she ran from him screaming. He fled the scene.

A Victoria Police statement said: "Sexual crime squad detectives have charged a 41-year-old man with two sexual assaults in the St Kilda area last year.

"The man has been charged with rape, false imprisonment and intentionally cause injury relating to an alleged incident on April 5, 2012, in Elwood.

"He has also been charged with rape and false imprisonment relating to another alleged assault in Balaclava on July 15, 2012."

Mr Bayley will appear before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday.

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