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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man horrified by brutal murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher designs new crime app

App aims to give women more protection

Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia in 2012
Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia in 2012
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A man has designed an app to give women more protection after being left horrified by the brutal murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher.

‘Koorca’ will enable women who feel they are in danger to use GPS to alert police to their exact position.

Australian entrepreneur Russell Broad said the news of Jill Meagher’s death made him want to do something to help protect women.

Jill Meagher was murdered and raped while walking home from a pub in Brunswick, a suburb of Melbourne, in September 2012.

Russell Broad speaking about his new app
Russell Broad speaking about his new app

Adrian Bayley was jailed for at least 35 years for the rape and murder of the Louth woman.

Bayley had previously appealed two rape convictions for attacks on women in St Kilda in 2000 and 2012 before he attacked the journalist.

Now, Russell Broad wants to try and prevent similar attacks from happening in the future.

“Four years ago we were in pretty bad drought at home and when it’s like this there is a lot of work, a lot of time to yourself and a lot with your thoughts, solving problems the whole time or trying to,” Mr Broad said at a conference in Queensland where he introduced the app last week.

“At that time Jill Meagher was murdered in Melbourne. It didn’t seem right to us that a savvy young woman like that didn’t have the means at her disposal to protect herself from such a creep.”

Together with his brother-in-law, Mr Broad developed the app with ‘crime opportunity’ in mind.

“When people commit a crime they weigh up a few things, that is, how good the opportunity is and whether they are going to get caught. This app drastically increases the chances of someone getting caught.”

The mobile app will also feature a system which could help victims identify their attackers.

It is expected to launch in early 2017.

Mr Broad, a former police officer from Queensland, said the concept was a “no brainer”, and had piqued the interest of the Queensland Police Service.

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