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Reports of Jill Meagher's family suing Australian state 'completely untrue'

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Irish woman Jill Meagher who was murdered in Melbourne. Pic Ciara Wilkinson.

Irish woman Jill Meagher who was murdered in Melbourne. Pic Ciara Wilkinson.

Irish woman Jill Meagher who was murdered in Melbourne. Pic Ciara Wilkinson.

The family of Jill Meagher has completely refuted reports that they are set to join a lawsuit against the state of Victoria, Australia.

The Herald Sun reported that the family of the Irish woman will join the families of other people who were killed by criminals out on parole.

In an exclusive interview with Independent.ie, Jill's mother has said these reports from Australia media are "completely untrue".

"It's all lies, we are not suing the government. It's one false story that managed to reach all of the Irish papers," said Edith McKeon.

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Jill and Tom Meagher on wedding day

Jill and Tom Meagher on wedding day

Jill and Tom Meagher on wedding day

"As Gillian's mother, I wanted to reach back to them with full force."

Jill was raped and murdered in Melbourne in 2012 by Adrian Bayley, who was out on parole for previous rape convictions at the time.

Yesterday, Jill’s father, George McKeon, released a written statement which revelaed that the Meaghers had been mindful not to do anything that could delay the rape cases against Bayley, which concluded yesterday with three separate guilty verdicts.

Mrs McKeon re-iterated that "as a family, for eight months, there has been a suppression order where we have literally not spoken about our daughter's murder".

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Adrian Ernest Bayley

Adrian Ernest Bayley

Adrian Ernest Bayley

“However, now we want to try to ensure that other families don’t have to endure this trauma.”

She echoed the sentiments of husband's written statement as she re-told it to Independent.ie directly.

"Nothing can bring back our daughter, but as was clear from the Callinan report the Victorian Parole Board failed to protect our daughter and many others in the community."

"In particular, as a family, we would like to raise awareness of the systemic problem of violence against women, an issue we as a family and (Gillian’s widower) Tom Meagher, in particular, is very closely associated with in both his writings and his role as an ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign.

The family said they also want an inquest into the death of Jill to be scrapped.

“Following the Callinan Report, the 20 May 2013 amendments to The Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) and the criminal proceeding in relation to her murder, we see little to be learned or gained from an open Inquest into her death,” Mrs McKeon.

In the recent court cases, Adrian Bayley was found guilty of raping a Dutch backpacker and two prostitutes in the St Kilda suburban area of Melbourne. One of the attacks took place just two months before the death of Ms Meagher.

Serial rapist Adrian Bayley was out on parole after having served a non-parole term of eight years of an 11-year maximum term for sex assaults in St Kilda when he killed Ms Meagher.

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