Friday 16 November 2018

Jill Meagher's husband pays emotional tribute on second anniversary of her murder

Irish woman Jill Meagher who was murdered in Melbourne. Pic Ciara Wilkinson.
Irish woman Jill Meagher who was murdered in Melbourne. Pic Ciara Wilkinson. newsdesk

The husband of murder victim Jill Meagher has described her as a free soul who he loved more than she loved life.

Tom Meagher  paid an emotional tribute to his late wife on the second anniversary of her death, remembering the last morning they spent together.

"Another year without you in the world Jill Meagher," he wrote in a Facebook post.

"I remember our last moments together two years ago this morning," he continued, describing how she was "beaming with Friday enthusiasm" as she emerged from the bathroom wrapped in a towel.

"When I left the apartment, I don’t remember looking back, all I remember is the sound of your voice singing, and fading slightly with each step I took, until it vanished.

"Days like this make it all real; how you loved to irritate and surprise me, how much you loved to dance in your PJ’s spilling red wine all over the floor."

Louth woman Ms Meagher was raped and murdered by Adrian Ernest Bayley on September 22, 2012, as she walked the short distance home in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick after a night out with her ABC radio colleagues.

The 29-year-old’s body was discovered dumped days later.

Mr Meagher revealed how he still find' his wife's "to-do" lists in old leather compendiums and exam results, notes, sketches, stories and characters in the pockets of old bags.

"I read your diary, and laugh at how funny you were, even when writing only to yourself," he wrote.

"I keep the thousands of photos you kept of the family and friends you loved so much. You were a true original Jilly, a free soul, you were unashamedly you. I love you even more than you loved life. xxx"

Bayley was out on parole after spending time in jail for violent rapes and Mr Meagher has regularly questioned why Victoria’s Adult Parole Board had released him.

He was later sentenced to life in prison.

Her husband has since left Australia and returned to his homeplace of Cabinteely, Dublin, where he has fronted Ireland’s White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women.

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