Stripper reveals how Jill's killer tried to strangle her yards from murder spot
A woman who worked as a stripper has revealed how Jill Meagher’s killer Adrian Ernest Bayley tried to strange her in weeks before the murder of Jill.
The woman went on ABC TV last night and told how Adrian Ernest Bayley visited the club where she worked, metres from the spot where Jill was abducted and murdered, and would request private dances from her.
The woman identified as Sam revealed:
“He would touch my neck and he would talk about how he liked rough sex and things like that.”
The woman reveals that he simulated strangling her and that he told her he wanted to choke women.
“It was really, really, very scary,” she told reporters, and that she had to request that he leave on more than one occasion.
Sam says she recognised Bayley when photos of him were released after he was charged with the rape and murder of Jill Meagher .
“ I recognised him immediately, I had a panic attack, I threw up,” she said.
However Sam says that had she been a victim of Bayley’s she does not believe there would have been the same reaction, as she was a sex worker.
“There wouldn’t have been 30,000 people walking down Sydney Road because of it. There wouldn’t have been this massive uproar about it,” she says.
Bayley's shocking rap sheet was presented to the Supreme Court of Victoria yesterday. It showed a man who was a constant danger to women when he walked the streets.
Jill Meagher's killer has committed more than 20 rapes, including five prostitutes from the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in one year.
In June 1990, aged just 18, he held hostage a 16-year-old friend of his sister and raped her.
In August 1990, he attacked a 17-year-old girl who was walking home from a bus stop and attempted to rape her.
A month later, he was arrested and charged but while on bail in December of that year he picked up a 16-year-old hitchhiker and attempted to rape her.
The following year, he pleaded guilty to all three attacks and was jailed for five years with a minimum of two years.
Between 2000 and 2001, Bayley picked up and raped five prostitutes from the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda. In 2002, he admitted the crimes and was jailed for 11 years, with a minimum of eight years.
In August 2011, Bayley attacked a man in Geelong, knocking him unconscious and breaking his jaw, but he was released again on bail after appealing a three-month jail term.
Although he was on parole when he assaulted his victim, his parole was not breached.
On September 22, 2012, Bayley raped and murdered Jill Meagher while he was on parole and bail.
The case shocked Australia and has lead to a "root and branch" review of the parole board in Victoria with state premier Denis Napthine last night admitting that it had "failed Jill Meagher".
He said he was "shocked, surprised and astounded" that Bayley had been on the streets despite his string of serious crimes.