THE Australian man serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher will “likely die in prison” after he was handed a new 18-year sentence for raping three women.
Adrian Bayley, who killed the Louth woman in September 2012 while on parole, has been found guilty by an Australian court for three separate attacks on women, two of which happened months before he murdered Ms Meagher.
Describing the 43-year-old as a “cowardly predator”, Melbourne County Court Judge Sue Pullen said she was “conscious” that the new sentence imposed would most likely have “forfeited [Bayley’s] hope of eventual release.”
“[However] the very magnitude of your crimes demands a sentence of some substance,” she said.
Sentencing the convicted rapist to 18 years in prison for an attack on a woman in 2000 and two others in 2012, Justice Pullen said he must serve a “new non-parole period of 43 years” – meaning Mr Bayley will not be eligible for release until at least 2058 when he will be 86 years old.
According to ABC News, she said Mr Bayley had shown no remorse for raping the three women, who had feared for their lives during their ordeals.
“Each [victim] in their own way was easy prey… And you were an experienced hunter,” she said. “You have repeatedly over many years violated the basic rights of women in the community and with similar sexual offending to that before me.”
The court heard victim impact statements, with each woman saying they continued to suffer from the assaults.
When Mr Bayley murdered Ms Meagher he was on parole after serving eight years for raping six prostitutes in 2000.
At his trial, he admitted to her murder and said: “They should have the death penalty for people like me.”
“How many chances does a person need? They should never have let me out.”