Sunday 18 February 2018

Jill Meagher's killer to appeal convictions for two rapes committed months prior to Irish woman's death

Mr Bayley murdered Ms Meagher in September 2012
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The Australian man who murdered Jill Meagher is expected to appeal his convictions for raping two woman prior to murdering the 29-year-old Irish woman.

Adrian Bayley (44) was sentenced to 46 years in jail without parole last month after being found guilty in three separate trials of the brutal rapes of three women.

His barrister is expected to lodge a formal appeal with the Supreme Court in Australia today against his convictions and sentence for two of these rapes; one a Dutch backpacker in July 2012 and the second an 18-year-old prostitute in 2000.

Read more: Jill Meagher killer Adrian Bayley sentenced to another 18 years in prison for raping three women

When Mr Bayley murdered Ms Meagher in September 2012, he was on parole after serving eight years for raping six prostitutes in 2000.

Mr Bayley snatched the Louth-born woman off Brunswick's Sydney Road as she walked home from a night out with friends.

He was serving a life sentence with a 35-year minimum for Ms Meagher's rape and murder when he was handed an additional 18-year sentence for raping the three women.

At the time, Melbourne County Court Judge Sue Pullen said she was “conscious” that the new sentence imposed would most likely “forfeited [Mr Bayley’s] hope of eventual release from prison.’’

Read more: Jill Meagher killer Adrian Bayley guilty of three more rapes

“[However] the very magnitude of your crimes demands a sentence of some substance,’’ she said.

Bayley is not expected to appeal against his conviction and sentence of a 25-year-old prostitute in April 2012.

His appeal against the 2013 sentence for the rape and murder of Ms Meagher was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

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