Wednesday 24 January 2018

Lawyers for Jill Meagher’s killer deny ‘perverted pleasure’ in her rape

Jill Meagher
Jill Meagher
Adrian Ernest Bailey
Adrian Bayley

THE serial sex attacker Adrian Bayley has lost his bid to reduce his jail sentence for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher.

Today’s appeal comes almost a year to the day since he killed the Louth woman in a laneway in Melbourne in Australia.

The 29-year-old was brutally raped and murdered as she walked home from a night out with friends.

Bayley’s lawyers had claimed the 35-year non-parole period was too long and should be examined because he had not taken 'perverted pleasure' in killing her.

But the Court of Appeal in Australia took less than 10 minutes to consider the application before dismissing it.

The reasons for the dismissal are to published at a later date.

Bayley’s lawyer Saul Holt had argued the sentence was excessive, and said Bayley should been jailed for a minimum of between 28 to 32 years.

He argued that the sentencing judge had been wrong when saying Bayley had derived some ''perverted pleasure'' from killing Ms Meagher.

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