Monday 23 October 2017

Jill Meagher's murder was 'preventable' as killer Adrian Bayley should never have been walking the streets - Australian coroner

Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia in 2012
Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia in 2012
Jill and her husband Tom Meagher
Jill and her husband Tom Meagher
Tom Meagher who has moved back home to Ireland. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Jill Meagher with husband Tom.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A coroner in Australia has found that the murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher was “preventable”, since her killer Adrian Bayley should never have been walking the streets.

Judge Ian Gray found today that the Irish journalist (29) was poorly served by a parole system that did not prioritise public safety, The Age newspaper has reported.

Jill was last seen alive walking home from an inner city bar in Melbourne in the early hours of September 22 2012.

Bayley (44 was jailed for at least 35 years for the rape and murder of the Louth woman. He was found guilty in May of last year of three more violent rapes and was sentenced to 18 years in jail for those crimes.

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Judge Gray said today that Bayley was a man with a "long and disturbing history of violent and sexual offences".

 "Bayley's violent sexual offending and violent offending history and the fact that he was a prisoner on parole at the time he murdered Ms Meagher are relevant to matters of public health and safety and prevention," he said.

"Gillian Meagher's death was preventable. A more rigorous, risk adverse approach by CCS [Community Correctional Services] and the APB [Adult Parole Board] would have led to a cancellation of Bayley's parole either when charged with the Geelong offence, or when convicted in the Magistrates Court."

"It was a flawed practice as it did not bring dangerous and high risk parolees immediately to account. In this sense it appeared not to prioritise the interests of public safety."

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