Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jill murder accused told police – they should have death penalty for people like me

The man accused of murdering Drogheda woman Jill Meagher told police – “they should have the death penalty for people like me”.

Adrian Bayley (41) made this comment to investigators after he admitted he raped and strangled Jill in a Melbourne laneway.

Bayley then returned to the laneway, put Jill’s body in the boot and drove her to Gisborne South, on the outskirts of Melbourne, where he buried her beside a dirt road.

The court heard Bayley admitted raping and strangling the ABC employee during an interview with police on September 27, before leading them to the body.

According to a transcript of the interview tendered to the court, Bayley began to cry as he told police he could not believe what he had done.

He said he spoke to Ms Meagher on the street and offered to help her but became angry after she "flipped me off".

It was a traumatic day in court for Jill’s family as they were forced to listen to details of her death.

Her husband Tom Meagher stormed out of the court after Bayley pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape.

Jill’s parents George and Edith McKeon were also in court as prosecutor Gavin Silbert outlined the police case against Bayley.

Chilling new footage emerged yesterday of Jill’s final steps on the night she died.

Jill is visible walking down Sydney Road in Melbourne at around 1.30am on September 22 last year.

Moments after she walks from the view of the camera, a hooded man can be seen sprinting after her.

The prosecution allges that Bayley dragged Jill into a laneway in Hope Street before raping and strangling her.

The court heard Bayley was arrested five days later and during lengthy interviews he made shocking admissions.

He said he was trying to do the right thing because Ms Meagher looked distraught, like she was lost.

They continued walking and Ms Meagher called her brother, he said.

"When we conversed, I swear to you man ... I spoke to her and she looked distraught.

"I can't imagine how, how she felt ... it's not nice.

"I hope I never get out, because you know why I hope that, because then no one else ever has to be hurt.

"I hope they bring back the death penalty before I get sentenced."

Bayley told police he would help them because his life was already over.

"It's just about doing the right thing," he said.

"She was actually telling me about her father," Bayley told police.

"I was trying to be nice and, and she kept going from being nice to nasty, to nice."

Bayley said he didn't want to make excuses for what he did. He said he didn't want to go into detail about what he had done.

"I strangled her," he told police, crying.

"What have I done? What have I done man.

"You know it wasn't really my intention to hurt her.

"It's not fair for this to have happened, and it's not fair on her family and it's not fair on them not knowing.

"For her family this week it must have been hell."

Bayley said he smashed Ms Meagher's phone and threw bits of it, along with her shoes and possessions, along a freeway.

He said he didn't remember exactly where he had buried her, because he just drove, not knowing what to do.

"I cried, man, and I dug a hole," he said.

"I didn't cry for me, just like I'm not crying for me now.

"I'm crying for everyone that this has affected, not me."

Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton committed Bayley to stand trial after finding there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him.

He will appear in the Victorian Supreme Court for a directions hearing on March 25.

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