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HN Adrian Ernest Bayley

HN Adrian Ernest Bayley

HN Adrian Ernest Bayley

SEXUAL predator Adrian Ernest Bayley, who raped and murdered Jill Meagher, has also been convicted of 17 counts of rape and attempted rape involving eight victims.

Details of his depraved criminal history were laid bare today for the first time at the Supreme Court of Victoria at a pre-sentence hearing.

Prosecutor Gavin Silbert SC said Bayley (41) had a history of horrific attacks on women dating back more than 20 years, and he killed Jill after raping her because he could not face going back to jail.

Mr Silbert told the court that the rapist was on parole when he dragged the Drogheda woman into a Melbourne laneway and strangled her.

"The Crown case is that he is a sexual predator," Mr Silbert said.

"He well knew that if he was convicted of the rape of Jill Meagher (29) he would spend the 20 years in jail. That's why he decided to kill her."

The court heard details of Bayley's criminal history.

Mr Silbert said Bayley was still in his teens when he raped his sister's teenage girlfriend, attempted to rape and threatened to kill a 17-year-old and attempted to rape a 16-year-old hitchhiker he abducted from a roadside.

In 1991 he was jailed for five years with a minimum of three years after admitting those crimes.

In 2002 he pleaded guilty to 16 counts of rape against five prostitutes and he was jailed for 11 years with a minimum term of eight years.

INCIDENT

He was on parole for these offences when he murdered Jill and he was also on bail over an incident in August 2011, in which he broke a man's jaw and knocked him unconscious.

Bayley has previously pleaded guilty to the murder and rape of Jill Meagher, who was attacked in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb, in the early hours of September 22 last year.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation employee was accosted about 550m from her home while walking alone.

The prosecutor said that she was returning home from a night out with friends at the time. Bayley dragged her into a laneway, raped and strangled her and left her body while he retrieved a car and a shovel.

Bayley then drove Jill's body some 50km away and buried her in a shallow roadside grave.

Mr Silbert said it is the Crown's case that Bayley should not be given a minimum term on a life sentence because of his criminal record, his lack of remorse, his poor prospects of rehabilitation and the seriousness of the offence.

Forensic psychologist Professor James Ogloff, appearing for the defence, told the judge that Bayley had been physically and sexually abused as a child and had a "borderline" personality disorder.

Defence counsel Saul Holt said that his client had shown genuine remorse and was filled with self-loathing for what he had done.

Sentencing will take place on June 19.

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