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Sunday 17 December 2017

Man accused of Jill Meagher murder has emergency surgery after suicide attempt

Jill Meagher
Jill Meagher
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE family of Jill Meagher have said they want to see the man accused of her rape and murder stand trial after he made an apparent suicide attempt while on remand in prison.

Adrian Ernest Bayley (41) underwent emergency surgery after injuring himself in his cell at Melbourne Assessment Prison in Australia.

He was found bleeding yesterday morning from extensive wounds and was rushed by ambulance to a secure unit at St Vincent's Hospital.

The prison has refused to comment on the circumstances in which Mr Bayley was injured.

However, a spokesman for the department of justice in Victoria confirmed an inmate had been taken to hospital suffering what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries.

Speaking from his home in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ms Meagher's uncle, Michael McKeon, said the family wanted to see Mr Bayley stand trial.

"We're following the judicial process in Australia to see the man receive a trial," he said.

Mr McKeon indicated he did not want to comment further in case anything he said might prejudice the criminal trial.

Mr Bayley was charged last month with the rape and murder of the Co Louth woman, who disappeared while walking home from a night out with friends in the Brunswick area of Melbourne on September 22.

Five days after she went missing, the radio worker's body was found in a shallow grave around 60km from Melbourne.

Ms Meagher had emigrated to Australia with her Dublin husband, Tom Meagher, three years previously.

Tributes

She had been due to celebrate her 30th birthday on Saturday night and had planned a party in one of her favourite local pubs to enjoy what should have been a milestone in her life.

Instead, her friends, many of them from ABC radio, where she worked, gathered in Melbourne at the Brunswick Green Hotel in the city at the weekend to remember Ms Meagher.

Her parents, Edith and George McKeon, who live in Perth, her brother Michael and Mr Meagher did not attend the event. Reports in Australia said that Mr Meagher had returned home to Ireland.

More than 79,960 people from all over Australia and Ireland have posted birthday tributes on the official RIP Jill Meagher Facebook site this week.

One contributor posted: "Happy birthday Jill. You would be having a great day, seeing how loved you are here on Earth."

Another wrote: "Happy 30th birthday Jill, your life was taken too soon. Thinking of you on this your special day, RIP."

Irish Independent

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