Wednesday 24 January 2018

Husband marks Jill's anniversary by thanking public for support

Jill Meagher

THE husband of murdered Irishwoman Jill Meagher has marked the first anniversary of his wife's death today by thanking the public for the "love and kindness" shown to him throughout his ordeal.

Thomas Meagher, now back in Ireland, made the heartfelt statement as he reached the year milestone of his wife's disappearance following a night out with colleagues.

The young widower said: "A massive thank you to all you wonderful people who have supported us so selflessly since Jill was taken from us last year. I don't know how I would have coped without all of your love and kindness."

His comments come as the sick fantasies her killer Adrian Bayley harboured shortly before he abducted Jill have come to light. Bayley had discussed with a former workmate what it would be like to kill someone and having sex with drunken girls.

He also discussed Perth's Claremont serial killer – who abducted and killed three women in 1996-1997 and who has never been caught – with the former friend and workmate, who came forward to police after Bayley's heinous crimes were revealed.

A former girlfriend of Bayley also told police he had violent and possessive tendencies, and used her computer to look up rape pornography. She also claimed he had a penchant for dark-haired women.

The statements by the woman and the friend originally formed part of the evidence against Bayley, who fought charges of rape and murder until he switched his plea to guilty in April this year. But both statements were removed from the brief.

Meanwhile, former colleagues at the ABC last week unveiled a flower garden they have planted in her memory.

The 29-year-old had been out with workmates and was walking to her Brunswick home when she was raped and killed by parolee Bayley.

The attack in the early hours of September 22, so close to her home, deeply affected people across the globe and 30,000 wearing white ribbons marched in Melbourne to commemorate her.

Another march to remember Jill and protest AGAINST sexual violence is being held on Sydney Road in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick later this month.

Sunday Independent

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