Jill murder accused charged with raping two other women
THE Australian man accused of murdering and raping Jill Meagher has been charged with raping two other women just two months before Jill's tragic death.
Adrian Bayley (41) is due to go on trial for murder later this year but will appear in court facing new rape charges on Friday.
Sex crimes squad detectives have now charged him with the alleged rape and false imprisonments of the women in two separate attacks close to the same area where Jill 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.