Friday 24 November 2017

'May U Rot': message for Jill's killer

Sasha Chambers with a sign outside the courthouse
Sasha Chambers with a sign outside the courthouse

A MELBOURNE woman feels she was echoing the thoughts of the Australian city when she held up a poster telling Jill Meagher's killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley, to "rot" in jail.

Sasha Chambers (38), a writer, said the crowd outside the Melbourne courthouse was so silent that she wanted to get the message across.

"I felt a little let down he has taken a life and got 35 years. The family have had the rest of their lives taken away," she said.

After listening to Jill's father George McKeon on the steps of the court, Ms Chambers, below, then spotted that the killer had yet to leave the building.

She quickly penned a message on her sketchpad to hold up as he left. "I thought what do I write. Let me echo what people will think – everyone wants him to rot," said the writer.

Now, she feels many women are far more careful on the streets of the city. "What occurred to Jill, I thought that could happen to anyone," she said. "I wear flat shoes, I don't wear high heels, I make sure I'm in a group when I'm wearing them. I don't drink alcohol anymore.

"It has impacted my life."

Irish Independent

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