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Adrian Ernest Bayley (Adrian Bayley)
41 yrs old (2013)
Victoria - Melbourne
Sentenced June 2013, in the Victorian Supreme Court, to Life in jail - with
a non-parole period of 35 years.
Bayley will be aged 76 when his first opportunity for parole comes up in 2048.
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Nettle jailed Bayley for life for
the murder plus 15 years for the rape.
Adrian Ernest Bayley/ Murderer/ Repeat Sex Offender..Pleaded guilty to
raping and murdering 29 yr old Jillian Meagher in September 2012..
Ms Meagher, a 29-year-old ABC employee, went missing as she walked home
from a Brunswick bar in the early hours of
September 22 2012, and her body was later found in Gisborne
South, on the outskirts of Melbourne.
See also -
RIP Jill Meagher
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Court of Appeal judges say 35-year minimum sentence for Adrian Bayley was fair
Adrian Bayley's life sentence with a 35-year minimum term for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher
was fair because features of the crime were "particularly callous" and "warranted condign punishment,"
three Court of Appeal judges said today.
"The applicant was a violent sexual predator who killed his victim," the justices said in their judgment.
Chief Justice Marilyn Warren and Justices Marcia Neave and Paul Coghlan today released the reasons for their
decision to refuse Bayley's leave to appeal the length of his minimum term last month.
"This was a case where the applicant was sentenced to one of the sternest sentences for this type of
offending," the justices stated.
"At the time of the attack the applicant was on parole. He was also on bail having been convicted of
an unprovoked assault on a male passer-by and subsequently having appealed to the County Court on the
sentence imposed in the Magistrates' Court of three months' jail."
After Bayley pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Ms Meagher, Justice Geoffrey Nettle threw the book
at him and sentenced him to life with a 35-year minimum.
Bayley appealed against the sentence, initially on the single ground that Justice Nettle made a mistake by
inferring he intended to kill Ms Meagher because she would have called the police or for some form of perverted pleasure.
"And relying on those inferences to find that in terms of moral culpability the applicant's killing of the
deceased ranks among the worst kinds conceivable," the judgement stated.
Bayley added another ground: that Justice Nettle erred in setting the 35-year minimum "by placing excessive weight
on the need for community protection".
In their judgment, the justices said: "The applicant submitted that the inference that he intended to
kill Ms Meagher was not open; that the inference that he derived some form of perverted pleasure from
killing her was not open; and the inference that he intended to kill Ms Meagher in order to avoid her
calling the police was not open.
"The Crown argued on the plea that the offending was a reckless killing. Eventually, the applicant conceded
during the plea that whether the killing was intentional or reckless would not make a difference.
"The applicant acknowledged that his prior criminal record revealed a 'shocking history of gratuitous
violence inflicted upon vulnerable women'.
"However, he submitted that his history could not give rise to an inference adverse to him; namely
that he killed Ms Meagher because he derived some form of perverted pleasure from killing her.
"The point was made that this particular motivation was not asserted by the Crown nor discussed on the plea."
The justices mentioned facts including the viciousness of the "stranger rape", the fact Bayley was a large man
and Ms Meagher a smaller woman, the fact he killed her to stop her reporting the rape to police and his "appalling
history of violent offending "against individuals smaller and weaker than him - most of who were women".
Adrian Ernest Bayley fails in bid to appeal 35-year sentence
The man who raped and killed Jill Meagher has failed in his bid to appeal his minimum term.
It took Chief Justice Marilyn Warren and Court of Appeal justices Marcia Neave and Paul Coghlan ten minutes
to deliberate and refuse the application.
Adrian Ernest Bayley today unsuccessfully appealed his 35-year minimum sentence handed to him in June.
He did not appeal his maximum life term, which defence counsel Saul Holt SC conceded was appropriate due
to issues of protection of the community, Bayley’s woeful prior convictions and the fact he was on
parole at the time.
Bayley, 42, should have received a minimum term of between 28 and 32 years due to a lack of certain aggravating
features, Mr Holt said.
The judge who sentenced Bayley made two specific errors, Mr Holt submitted.
Mr Holt said Bayley’s 35-year non parole term was the longest handed out with a life term.
It is the same sentence handed to CBD bikie gunman Wayne Hudson - who shot three innocent people, killing
one - and gangland bass Carl Williams for multiple gangland murders.
Bayley’s first ground of appeal was based on sentencing judge Justice Geoffrey Nettle’s assessment of the
enormity of Bayley’s offending.
Mr Holt submitted that Bayley’s crime did not involve multiple victims, was not premeditated and did not
involve sadistic features such as torture or mutilation.
He took issue with Justice Nettle’s determination that Bayley may have taken perverse pleasure in killing
Ms Meagher, despite Bayley having a “horrific” history of taking pleasure in inflicting violence
and having control over women.
Mr Saul submitted that the Crown did not suggest Bayley had derived perverse pleasure from the killing.
Ground two revolved around an argument that the issue of community protection was more relevant to determining a maximum
sentence rather than the minimum.
Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, dismissed ground one as invalid and said ground two defied common sense.
Bayley snatched the vivacious Ms Meagher, 29, from Sydney Rd as she walked home alone after a night out with ABC work
colleagues in September last year.
After he raped and killed her, Bayley drove her body out of Melbourne and buried her in a roadside grave.
He pleaded guilty to rape and murder.
Bayley had spent two previous stints in jail for multiple rapes and sex crimes.
When he killed Ms Meagher he was free on parole, and was also on appeal bail for an assault conviction.
Mr Silbert told Bayley’s plea hearing in June that Bayley killed Ms Meagher because he knew he would face a jail term
of up to 20 years if caught for raping her.
``Accordingly, he (felt) he had no option but to kill her,’’ Mr Silbert told that hearing.
The plea hearing heard Bayley told a psychologist that after raping Ms Meagher, he held her down ``for long enough to
kill her’’ because she retaliated and threatened to tell police.
Forensic psychologist James Ogloff told the June plea hearing that Bayley, who claimed he was abused by a female relative
between the ages of 9 and 15, enjoyed ``exercising power and control over victims’’.
Prof Ogloff said it was obvious that Bayley, who suffered a borderline personality disorder, was a serious continuing risk
of sexual and violent offending.
When sentencing Bayley, Justice Geoffrey Nettle described the crime as a ``savage and degrading’’ rape and murder.
He ranked it as one of Victoria’s worst.
``You were determined to have your way with her and so you overpowered her and raped her where she stood,” Justice Nettle
told Bayley when sentencing him.
“Then you attacked her again because she was threatening to call the police, and in the process you strangled her.
``I…infer…you strangled Gillian Meagher with intent to kill her either because she would otherwise have called the police
or because of some form of perverted pleasure derived from taking her life.’’
Bayley’s guilty plea entitled him to a ``discount’’ of a minimum term, Justice Nettle said.
``(Your crime) is particularly heinous and, in your case, it is made even worse by your attempt to conceal the body
and…that the offending was committed while you were on parole and on bail,’’ Justice Nettle said.
``I see little reason now, and little has been suggested, to suppose you will ever be rehabilitated.’’
Herald Sun (26-9-2013)
The escalating violence of Adrian Bayley as he moved from rape to murder
He was the serial rapist the old Rape Squad wasn't interested in.
It was early 2000, and St Kilda's streetwalkers were becoming wary of a fit young man preying on
them - but were even more distrustful of police who worked the area.
Having served a three-year jail stint from 1991 and well clear of parole, Adrian Edwards - who
changed his name by deed poll to Bayley in July 2000 - was now a father of four and growing tired of his unsatisfying sex life.
He had lied his way through a sex offenders program during his time in prison. The new Adrian Bayley began to use his
drive home from an Abbotsford bakery to trawl for sex workers.
After all, as he would later tell police, he could do to them what he couldn't do to his wife.
Unrepentant loner Bayley would even tell police it was "justifiable" to attack prostitutes after Operation Keeping - spearheaded
by young local detectives who broke through a police culture of disinterest to take on the case - snared him.
Bayley's modus operandi was to negotiate a fee before driving his victim to a secluded horse-shoe laneway
off Kendall St, Elwood, driving close to the fence and locking the doors.
Of his first victim he would declare: "I don't believe it's rape . . . I went there because I wasn't getting
sex at home." A suspect in 16 sex assaults in one year, he would tell his second victim: "I am going to rape you."
Even more ominous were Bayley's degrading language and increasing use of violence.
By November-December of 2000, after nine months trawling to rape sex workers, he had escalated his attacks
to include threatening to kill a victim and dump her body. "See who has the power," he would gloat to
his victim. "Make it easy on yourself. Don't fight back, don't struggle. I will f------ kill you."
His explanation for this rape was again unequivocal: "Same as before. No satisfaction at home. Go down
there to have sex - not to get caught by the missus."
Bayley's final two victims of that year were again blamed on his then partner.
"I wasn't getting sex at home. It was less frequent."
But the accompanying violence was more and more brutal, with his fourth victim punched in a particularly
disturbing sexual act and his fifth threatened with a knife.
His partner, herself a victim of his physical abuse, was a mother of two.
In 1990, his then new wife, Debbie, stuck by her husband, despite him raping a family friend in
their marital bed little more than a month into their marriage.
He was questioned by police and released.
The 19-year-old then randomly preyed on another two teenage girls in Melbourne's eastern suburbs - one,
17, at a bus stop and another a 16-year-old hitchhiker.
Debbie was three months pregnant and her husband was sent to jail for the next three years.
The next time police would raid his house, this time in Dandenong North in 2001, his next partner
would be nursing a new baby as she attacked police at the door.
Bayley's crimes against sex workers in 2000-01 may have gone unsolved had it not been for
two dedicated detectives, one fresh from a stint at the now-defunct National Crime Authority,
who were working the St Kilda beat.
The rape and assault of sex workers was not a priority for the force, including the Rape Squad, back then.
But senior detectives Jason Walsh and Nathan Kaeser won the confidence of sex workers after police, on shifts,
had been unable to link a series of attacks.
Armed with new investigative techniques, Kaeser forensically analysed crime scenes and matched a partial
registration of a red Mitsubishi Pajero belonging to an Adrian Bayley, formerly Edwards.
After Kaeser and Walsh painstakingly collected evidence, police executed a warrant on April 17, 2001,
seizing clothes and the car, and arresting Bayley.
Detectives even had to calm Bayley's partner as she confronted police entering the tidy Dandenong
North brick veneer house to arrest her husband.
Some of those sex workers assaulted by Bayley would never ply their trade again, such was the psychological
and physical damage.
In 2001, when police had matched DNA through hair samples and forensically examined crime scenes and
victims' statements, they were surprised by the normality of Bayley's home life.
His father, Ernie, would even tell police: "I thought something was strange because he was finishing
at 9pm and getting home at 1am."
In a similar scenario to when homicide squad detectives arrested Bayley last year, he showed signs of
relief as he admitted his crimes following his initial denials.
But, in what would be a theme of his offending, Bayley in 2001 was given bail once he came up with $5000
surety - although he was facing 43 charges of rape, false imprisonment, threats to kill and recklessly causing injury.
Only five of his victims, among the most vulnerable women in society, had the courage to face their vicious attacker.
Had their graphic accounts of Bayley's horrendous crimes been given more weight in his 2002 sentencing, stringent
measures to curtail his future offending, ending in murder, should have been taken.
And had the culture of many in Victoria Police been different at the turn of the century with
regard to the rape of sex workers, Bayley might have been in jail in 2012 as one of Australia's
most prolific serial rapists.
Police also say Bayley, on parole after his release from prison in 2009, could not be placed on
the 2004 Sex Offenders Register retrospectively, although paedophiles can be.
The force will not answer questions surrounding the retention of his DNA on the Victorian or
national crime databases, although a saliva swab was taken in 2001.
Bayley is now facing charges relating to another rape in 2000 and more sex assaults he is
alleged to have committed in the middle of last year.
A Dutch backpacker told the media in July last year of getting into a car and being taken
to an Elwood laneway before being attacked.
A face-fit with characteristics similar to Bayley was released, but he was not arrested.
Two months later, Ms Meagher's rape and strangulation would end with 30,000 people marching
along Sydney Rd in Brunswick demanding increased safety for women here and nationwide.
But even now, some aspects of his evil story remain the same.
Despite Bayley's prior convictions for sex assaults, he was not given the maximum penalty of 25
years for raping Ms Meagher. Instead, he was sentenced to 15 years' jail.
Two victims from 2001 have recently lodged compensation claims following the Jill Meagher case.
Their claims came as Victoria Police launched an internal review of the handling of Bayley since
he first came to police attention in 1990.
What is undeniable is that changes are needed that will prevent another Bayley descending from
abuser, to rapist, to murderer.
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Adrian Bayley was not listed on the Sex Offenders Register despite convictions for eight other attacks
EXCLUSIVE: Serial rapist Adrian Bayley was not listed on the Sex Offenders Register despite convictions for attacks
on eight women and children - a failure police say could have prevented Jill Meagher's murder.
An investigation by the Herald Sun can reveal police sources have also raised concerns Bayley's DNA was not stored on
the Victorian or national DNA crime database despite a sample being taken in 2001.
Bayley, pictured below in 2001, was arrested over a year-long series of brutal rapes of sex workers.
In an astonishing gap in our legal system, Bayley, in 2002, was sentenced under S.6D of the Sentencing Act - meaning he
is regarded as a serious sexual offender - but Victoria's justice system failed to keep tabs on him.
It comes as the parole killer crisis escalated yesterday with the release of the Callinan Report, that recommends a
23-point overhaul of the parole system.
Meanwhile, Department of Justice lawyers continued their fight to keep secret details of how the parole system failed
Victorians leading up to Ms Meagher's death.
A senior police officer who helped bring Bayley to justice was also unaware he was back on the streets and had not seen
the released face-fit image of the wanted attacker following the July rape.
"I feel sick in the stomach," the officer said.
"When I heard his name on the radio I was shattered.
"Had they (the Adult Parole Board) notified me I would have notified all the victims and it would have been fresh in my
mind and theirs.
"I feel terrible. I didn't know he was out. Had I known I would have definitely notified the detectives at St Kilda."
Victoria Police yesterday would not comment on questions raised by the Herald Sun because of pending court matters
Bayley's prior convictions include sex assaults spanning decades including offences against three girls aged under
18 in 1990 and the rape of five sex workers in 2000-2001.
Victoria Police could have made a retrospective application to place Bayley, a father of four, on the Victorian Sex
Offenders Register when it was made law in 2004 while he served a minimum eight year prison sentence.
Under the Act it is discretionary for sex offenders whose victims are adults to be listed on the register.
It is mandatory to register convicted paedophiles.
Bayley was not considered a suspect by police following complaints by two women in mid-2012 of being sexually assaulted
in the St Kilda area despite police issuing a face-fit image with characteristics similar to Bayley.
A Dutch backpacker, who was raped on July 15 last year, told the media of being driven into a laneway and attacked.
Ms Meagher was raped and killed in a Brunswick laneway two months later on September 22.
Jill's relatives tell of emotional wait
Police sources have told the Herald Sun multiple failings in the system allowed Bayley to remain on the streets and
needed to be fixed, including the registering of all serious sex offenders.
The 41-year-old has been charged with further counts of rape from 2012 and another from 2000, which he is contesting.
The Office of Public Prosecutions has considered Bayley's previous offending in relation to the new charges.
But in further mishandling of Bayley's case, the Adult Parole Board failed to inform his victims from 2000-2001 he was
being released at his earliest parole date in 2009.
A nation-wide investigation into unsolved sex crimes has used Bayley's DNA to cross-match with samples taken and stored.
Following a major internal review, police have even investigated an information report linking Bayley with the Claremont
killings, having lived in Perth, but he was eliminated as a suspect.
In 2000-2001, detectives attempted to get statements from 16 alleged victims who were sex workers in St Kilda.
At least five sex workers who identified Bayley as their attacker refused to go to court to testify against him the
following year (2002) because they did not trust police.
Several detectives on rostered shifts had investigated separate complaints from sex workers but it took months to
link the attacks and identify Bayley as a predator.
Herald Sun (21-8-2013)
"Tom Meagher, husband of murdered Jill Meagher demands apology from Victoria's Adult Parole Board"
Tom Meagher's fury as Adrian Ernest Bayley appeals against his life sentence for Jill Meagher's rape and murder
Tom Meagher has used Facebook to call for his wife?s killer Adrian Ernest Bayley to face a
lengthier jail term after his shock appeal.
Mr Meagher wants more years added to his wife’s killer’s 35-year minimum sentence, after Bayley's appeal this week.
Jill Meagher’s relatives and friends are already dealing with more uncertainty and pain after learning her killer
has lodged an appeal against the length of his jail term.
Adrian Bayley on Wednesday officially appealed the 35-year minimum sentence he was given for the brutal
rape and murder of Ms Meagher in Brunswick on September 22 last year.
Bayley raped and strangled Ms Meagher to death in a Brunswick laneway only 500m from her home.
Her husband Tom was waiting for her to arrive home after a Friday night out with friends and ABC work colleagues.
Today, Mr Meagher posted on Facebook that the appeal negates any “goodwill” afforded Bayley, who
pleaded guilty to the crime after a contested committal hearing.
“By appealing his sentence, Adrian Bayley has negated any “goodwill” afforded to him by the courts
for pleading guilty,” he wrote.
"Surely this appeal counteracts any nonsense about remorse. I wonder if the Justice (sic)
system will have the guts to tack on more years or revoke his parole (period) — he’s taking the piss.”
Another post declared Bayley’s victims, particularly sex workers he was convicted of raping in 2002, had
never received ``proper justice’’ because of their occupation.
Bayley was sentenced and released on parole after serving a minimum of eight years in jail despite already
having prior convictions for sex assaults and rapes and admitting he had "gone through the motions’’ to
get through a rehabilitation program.
"…the previous victims of Bayley’s savagery were not given proper justice at any stage,’’ he said.
"From lenient sentencing to the incomprehensible decision to release him on parole. They had the opportunity
(and duty of these women, and to society) to deny his parole, but chose to grant it despite the brutality of his crimes.
"I would be very surprised of the PB (parole board) treated such barbarism against women of a different occupation with
the same flippancy.’’
Although Victoria Legal Aid will not discuss any individual client, it is believed the taxpayer funded government
body will fund the appeal.
Bayley’s appeal comes despite telling detectives in his record of interview he believed the death penalty
should be used on him as he confessed to his crime.
During his plea hearing it was argued Bayley, 41, accepted a life sentence should be
imposed but because of his guilty plea did not deserve life without parole — an option open to Justice Geoffrey Nettle.
Through his lawyers, Adrian Ernest Bayley lodged appeal papers with the Supreme Court.
It is believed the appeal is based on grounds that his life sentence with a 35-year minimum term was manifestly excessive.
Ms Meagher’s family were notified after the papers were officially lodged.
Prominent crime victim advocate Noel McNamara said he believed the public would foot the bill.
Bayley’s defence throughout the Jill Meagher case was funded by Legal Aid.
After Supreme Court judge Justice Geoffrey Nettle sentenced Bayley last month, the Meagher family said
they believed justice had prevailed.
Justice Nettle condemned Bayley to life in prison with a 35-year minimum term for what he described as
the “savage and degrading” rape and murder of Ms Meagher.
The sentence added Bayley to a sordid list of criminals serving life sentences with long non-parole terms.
In sentencing Bayley, Justice Nettle said in part: “You were determined to have your way with her and so
you overpowered her and raped her where she stood.
“Then you attacked her again because she was threatening to call the police, and in the process you strangled her.”
Bayley, out on parole at the time, had spent a total of 11 years’ jail for rapes and sex-related assaults.
“As your criminal record reveals, you are a recidivist violent sexual offender who has little compunction
about sexual offending when the mood takes you, or about threatening and inflicting violence as part of
the process,” Justice Nettle told him.
“I see little reason now, and little has been suggested, to suppose you will ever be rehabilitated.”
At the time of his sentence, Bayley stood with a hardened face to hear Justice Nettle tell
him he would serve the sentence.
“Jill lived a life full of family, friends and her beloved (husband) Tom,” Jill’s father,
George McKeon, said outside court after the sentence was handed down.
“Jill was brutally raped and murdered and is never coming back. Because of (the efforts of
homicide detectives and prosecutors involved in the case) justice has now been done.”
Ms Meagher’s family sat within 10m of her killer during the sentencing. Bayley could
only stare at the floor.
He joins a sordid list of criminals serving life terms with long non-parole periods.
His sentence is equal to that of killer CBD gunman Christopher Hudson and now-dead gangland boss Carl Williams.
He can be classed in the same bracket as mass killer Julian Knight, serial killer Paul Denyer, child killer
Arthur Freeman and Carl Williams's killer Matt Johnson. And he can expect to do his time hard.
"I bear in mind, as your counsel submitted, that prison will be extremely hard for you because of the
need for you to be isolated and protected for your own safety," Justice Nettle said.
Bayley told a psychologist that after coming across Ms Meagher in Sydney Rd last September he
kissed her and tried to touch her bottom.
She reacted by slapping him across the face, and he "lost it", Bayley said.
"With that (you said) you pulled her towards you, pushed her on to the bonnet
of a car . . . and raped her," Justice Nettle said.
"You became outraged that she should dare repel your advances in that fashion," he said.
"You were determined to have your way with her and so you overpowered her and raped her where she stood.
"Then you attacked her again because she was threatening to call the police, and in the process you strangled her."
The judge said Bayley, who has fathered four children with two partners, had spent 11 years in jail for
rapes and sex-related assaults.
In 1990, he raped a young woman in his bedroom while his first wife was pregnant, attacked a girl,
17, near a bus stop, and a 16-year-old hitchhiker.
The judge said Bayley raped five prostitutes between September 2000 and March 2001. He was charged
over those rapes while his second partner was pregnant.
He was paroled on March 17, 2010, after serving his minimum term.
Bayley saw an opportunity to rape Ms Meagher and "took it".
And he killed her because he knew he would face a lengthy jail term if caught, the judge said.
"I ... infer ... you strangled Gillian Meagher with intent to kill her either because she would
otherwise have called the police or because of some form of perverted pleasure derived from taking
her life," Justice Nettle said.
Bayley's guilty plea entitled him to a "discount" of a minimum term, the judge said.
"(Your crime) is particularly heinous and, in your case, it is made even worse by your
attempt to conceal the body and . . . that the offending was committed while you were on
parole and on bail," Justice Nettle said.
"Jill Meagher's husband asks: Why was Adrian Ernest Bayley out?"
"Former detective Charlie Bezzina says Adrian Bayley must remain jailed for life"
Adrian Ernest Bayley receives life sentence for murder and rape of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher
Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan has echoed Jill Meagher's father saying justice
has been done with Adrian Bayley's life sentence with a non-parole period of 35 years for rape and murder.
But he says it will be up to a future parole board to determine whether Bayley will be able to apply for
release when he is in his seventies.
"(S)peaking from a personal perspective, I think Gillian’s father recited the situation well this morning
when he said that justice has been done," Mr Ryan said today.
"I am emphasising that the 35 years of minimum service that he has to now undertake is just that,
the fact that it is a minimum period simply means that at the expiration of that time he is entitled to apply for parole.
"The parole board of whatever might be that year is then obliged to take into account, even under the legislation that we
now have in place, the past history of this individual and the way in which he has conducted himself during
his time of imprisonment.
"It will be a matter for that parole board therefore in that year, to determine whether 35 years is said to
be enough or whether Bayley should remain in prison."
The 41-year-old Coburg man pleaded guilty to raping and murdering the 29-year-old in Brunswick on September 22 last year.
Bayley will be aged 76 when his first opportunity for parole comes up in 2048.
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Nettle jailed Bayley for life for the murder plus 15 years for the rape.
Justice Nettle said Bayley's guilty plea warranted him receiving a discount, meaning a minimum term.
"I am not persuaded, however, that your plea of guilty should be taken as favourable indication of your prospects
of rehabilitation," the judge said.
Ms Meagher's heartbroken family including husband Tom, brother Michael, mother Edith McKeon and father
George were in court to hear the sentence.
Mr McKeon made an emotional statement after the sentencing.
"Jill lived a life full of family, friends and her beloved Tom," he said.
"Jill was brutally raped and murdered and is never coming back.
"Because of Ben Leonard and the team at Victoria Police and Richard Lewis and his colleagues at Public Prosecutions
Victoria, justice has now been done.
"Police and prosecutors, we thank you."
While it was the Crown case that Bayley dragged Ms Meagher into a lane and raped and
strangled her because she
threatened to inform police, Bayley told a psychologist that he first kissed her and
tried to touch her bottom before she slapped him.
"Then you 'lost it' because, you said, you 'always had trouble when someone put their
hands on me - I fight'," Justice Nettle said when sentencing Bayley.
"And with that you pulled her towards you ... pushed her on to the bonnet of a
car ... and raped her. Then, after you had done with her, you strangled her to death."
In his opinion, Justice Nettle said: "You were determined to have your way with her and
so you overpowered her and raped her where she stood.
"Then you attacked her again because she was threatening to call the police and in the
process you strangled her to death.
"You well knew that, if you were found guilty of her rape, you would be facing another lengthy sentence of imprisonment.
"It follows that, apart from the fact that she was about to call the police, and apart from the
sadistic pleasure which you evidently derive from hurting women, there was no reason to hold her
on the ground by the neck until she ceased to breathe.
"The nature and gravity of your offending and its antecedence ensure that nothing but life imprisonment will suffice.
"It was a savage violent rape of the worst kind.
"Your killing of the deceased ranks among the worst kind conceivable.
"I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt you pose a risk to the sexual safety of the community."
Bayley, a pipe layer and father of four to two separate partners, wore a grey shirt and black tie in
court. Before the sentencing started, he looked around the courtroom for the first time after several appearances.
He sat with his head down throughout the sentencing and stood motionless when Justice Nettle delivered the jail term.
Two soft cries of "yes" could be heard from the public gallery when the judge read the sentence.
Mr Ryan said the crime had touched many Victorians whose thoughts went out to the Meagher and McKeon families.
"She died at the hands of Bayley, in circumstances where, as his Honour has observed, these were heinous offences
and surely amongst the worst that one would ever want to encounter.
"We therefore as a Government send our strong support to the family of Gillian, as his Honour has observed she was
by all accounts a vibrant, talented young lady who had her life ahead of her and to think that it was taken from her
in these appalling circumstances is nothing less than absolutely cruel."
Mr Ryan said the Government did not comment on sentences imposed by the courts.
Bayley's plea hearing last week revealed that he was free on parole when he raped and murdered Ms Meagher before
burying her body in a roadside grave.
He was also on bail, having appealed a sentence handed to him for a recklessly causing serious injury offence he
allegedly committed while on a second stretch of parole.
The plea hearing was told that Bayley was jailed in June 1991 for five years
with a three-year minimum for violent sexual offences committed on three women.
He was granted parole after serving his minimum term.
The plea hearing heard that nine years later, in April 2002, Bayley received an 11-year
sentence with an eight-year minimum for raping eight women.
He was granted parole in March 2010.
"The Crown would say he's a sexual predator,” Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, told the plea hearing.
"He well knew that if convicted of raping Jill Meagher, he was likely to spend up to twenty years in jail and
it’s submitted that, accordingly, he had no option but to kill her.”
Defence counsel Saul Holt, SC, told the plea hearing that while Bayley fully expected to receive a maximum
life term, he should be granted a minimum one.
As mitigating factors, Mr Holt cited Bayley’s guilty plea, "genuine remorse" and "the fact that he
assisted the police in identifying the location of Gillian Meagher’s body".
Mr Holt mentioned the case of triple killer John Leslie Coombes who Justice Nettle sentenced to life
with no minimum term in 2011 even though Coombes pleaded guilty to murder.
Mr Holt said Coombes' case was unique in Victoria, as it was the only time a person who pleaded
guilty had received no minimum term.
He said the Bayley case was different because, as opposed to his client, a remorseless Coombes
entered his guilty plea "at the very last minute".
"(Coombes’ plea) evidenced no remorse at all and (was made) by a person with prior convictions for
murder," Mr Holt said.
"(In my client’s case) it would be appropriate for there to be a non-parole period, albeit a
lengthy one, in order to hold out hope for Adrian Bayley."
Herald Sun (19-6-2013)
"How the parole system failed poor Jill Meagher as stripper reveals her chilling encounters with Adrian Bayley"
"Bayley's Geelong bashing victim tells of frustration"
"21 rapes and still free to kill Jill Psycho’s reign of evil on bail"
Family warned authorities about Jill Meagher accused Adrian Bayley
Authorities were warned that Adrian Bayley was a risk of attacking a woman before Jill Meagher was raped and killed.
The Herald Sun can reveal that months before the 29-year-old ABC employee was raped and strangled, Bayley's parents met
authorities and pleaded with them over their grave concerns about his behaviour.
The tip-off led to a confrontation between Bayley and his family, with whom he had been living after a court appearance.
Bayley then left the family home early last year, and moved with his girlfriend to Coburg, only a kilometre away from where
he attacked Ms Meagher just months later.
On September 22, at 1.30am, he would run to catch Ms Meagher as she walked along Sydney Rd, and abduct and rape her in Hope St,
only hundreds of metres away from her Brunswick apartment.
Bayley is expected to plead guilty to Ms Meagher's murder today.
Bayley's family would not comment, saying they had no intention of speaking publicly about him.
After Bayley's arrest, the Herald Sun revealed a government official had tipped him off as police hunted him for Ms Meagher's murder.
The tip-off was investigated by police, who it is believed heard it on intercepted telephone calls.
No action was taken against the female official.
The homicide squad, the Office of Public Prosecutions and Bayley's defence have been at odds after Bayley indicated
months ago he wanted the murder charge downgraded to manslaughter.
Bayley entered a not guilty plea last month to murder and two counts of rape.-Read More-
Inside Adrian Bayley's police interview
Adrian Bayley had no idea homicide squad detectives had a mountain of surveillance information linking him to the death of Jill Meagher
as he sat in one of their interview rooms about to be questioned on video.
Bayley - the man who unwittingly starred on CCTV as the stranger Ms Meagher had the misfortune to meet on Sydney Rd in
Brunswick - would go on to make a confessional recording.
In his record of interview with Sen-Det Paul Rowe, Bayley was read his rights and laughed off any suggestion he had
anything to do with the murder.
But Sen-Det Rowe and his homicide squad colleagues from Crew 4 believed otherwise.
They had gathered evidence linking Bayley to Ms Meagher - and they used it to break the killer's facade.
At first, Bayley flatly denied any involvement.
''Man, I don't know anything about it,'' he told Sen-Det Rowe.
''Like you said to me earlier that you have, you know, like CCTV footage and stuff but it might - it could be someone
that looks like me, you know what I mean?
''I'm telling you now that I have nothing to do with this.''
To establish Bayley's version of a timeline, Sen-Det Rowe took him back to the night of Friday September 21: the hours
leading up to Ms Meagher's death.
''If it helps you reference it, I know you said to me earlier you're a Collingwood supporter ... Collingwood was playing
Sydney,'' the detective suggested.
Bayley replied: ''I didn't watch the game, man ... Sydney were up, oh man, by about 18 points or something and it was early
in the game and I just didn't take any notice after that, you know.''
Bayley explained how he and his partner were out drinking at a footy tipping work function before he, his partner and a
workmate of his kicked on to the Lounge Bar in Swanston St.
''My missus and I, we started blueing,'' Bayley said.
''We do that when we get drunk ... We got a bit verbal, you know.''
Bayley's partner slipped away and went home without him knowing.
He said he went home after not being able to contact her, and changed his clothes and headed back into the city to carry
out a desperate search for his partner.
''I just went back into the city man and just drove around looking for (my partner) thinking, you know, I just might bump
into her. I was worried about her,'' Bayley said.
''I basically did that till probably, oh I don't know man, like 5.30 sort of in the morning ... It was meant to be a
good night ... Um, it didn't end up the way it was meant to.''
In reality, after changing his clothes, Bayley travelled to Sydney Rd where he came across Ms Meagher, who was walking
home alone after a night out with ABC work colleagues.
About 1.38am, Bayley dragged Ms Meagher into a laneway off Hope St and raped and strangled her, according to police.
He left the body in the laneway and returned home where he threw a shovel into his white Astra vehicle.
It was about 4.22am when Bayley returned to the laneway, placed Ms Meagher's body in the boot and drove to Blackhill Rd,
Gisborne South, where he buried his victim by the side of the road.
Sen-Det Rowe showed Bayley a selection of CCTV images depicting him on Sydney Rd at the time of Ms Meagher's disappearance.
''Man it does look me ... but it's not me,'' Bayley offered.
Rowe: ''OK, so again you say you were never in Sydney Rd.''
Bayley: ''Mate, I'm serious ... I'm 99.9 per cent sure that I didn't go near Sydney Rd.''
Sen-Det Rowe followed up with information about the location of Bayley's phone - it was in Brunswick at 1.40am.
''Man, I don't see how that can be,'' Bayley protested.
''I was at home then.''
Rowe: ''Well at 1.56am, so 16 minutes later ... your phone's still in Brunswick.''
Bayley: ''I apologise, but I can't explain that.''
Rowe: ''And, um, at 2.41am your phone is still in Brunswick.''
Bayley: ''I don't get that.''
Rowe continued to tighten the screws.
''At 5am your phone is in Digger's Rest.''
Bayley: ''Where the hell's Digger's Rest?''
By that stage Bayley knew he was in trouble.
It was fast becoming apparent that the blokes from homicide had done their job.
Sen-Det Rowe then explained to Bayley that his phone movements matched Ms Meagher's phone movements on the night she went missing.
''I cannot explain that,'' Bayley said.
Rowe came back with: ''As I said to you, we gather all the information.''
He then told Bayley his car was photographed travelling outbound through Moonee Ponds along CityLink in
the early hours of Saturday September 22.
''Phew, no, I can't explain that,'' Bayley repeated.
''I'm in the city ... I was in the city for Christ's sake.''
After nearly three hours of questioning, Sen-Det Rowe suspended the interview.
Upon resuming he told Bayley that detectives had searched his home and found Ms Meagher's broken SIM card.
''Sometimes things happen and they go further than we intend them to,'' Rowe suggested.
''I have no doubt in my mind that you were responsible for the disappearance.''
Bayley: ''No ... no ... I'm not responsible for the disappearing of Gillian Meagher.''
Sen-Det Rowe reminded Bayley of the incriminating evidence against him.
''I want you to help me understand why it happened ... I want you to help me get Gillian Meagher's body back.
Only you can help me with that.''
Bayley finally cracked, and would go on to say he raped and then strangled Ms Meagher.
''I f---ed up,'' he said.
''I'm not the same person when I drink ... I don't deal with hurt very well. You know, it wasn't really my
intention to hurt (Gillian Meagher), you know that?
''When we conversed, I swear to you man - I spoke to her and she looked distraught ... She flipped me off
and that made me angry, because I was actually trying to do a nice thing.
''They should have the death penalty for people like me.''
Bayley began to cry.
''I cannot believe that it went that way. I swear ... I lose everything man. I lose my kids. I lose my family.''
Bayley said he would help detectives locate the buried body.
Rowe: ''Why did you choose that area?''
''I don't know,'' Bayley said.
''I just drove ... I just buried her ... It's been in my head. It's been hell. I can't imagine how she felt, but I know
how I felt. It's not nice man, it's not nice.
''And all I thought was what have I done? That's all I thought. That was the thought in my head - what have I done after I said sorry.
''I don't know what else to say, man. I don't know what else to say.''
Adrian Ernest Bayley pleads guilty to the rape of Jill Meagher
Adrian Ernest Bayley has pleaded guilty to raping Jill Meagher, but will stand trial for two other rape charges
and the murder of the Melbourne woman.
Meagher's husband Tom rushed out of court moments after deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton today ruled
there was enough evidence for Mr Bayley, 41, to face the Victorian Supreme Court for allegedly raping and strangling
the ABC staffer who went missing last September.
Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert SC said Mr Bayley had made admissions to the rape and strangling during a
lengthy police interview following his arrest, in which he also disclosed the location of her body.
Ms Broughton heard Mr Bayley had dragged 29-year old Meagher into a laneway just a few minutes after she left
the Brunswick bar where she had been drinking with colleagues at 1.30am on Saturday 22 September
last year. "At 1.38am the accused accosted the deceased," Mr Silbert told the court.
"He has then proceeded to drag her into a laneway...where he has raped her and strangled her."
It is alleged Mr Bayley raped Meagher three times.
Mr Silbert said he had then killed her to ensure there were no witnesses.
Mr Silbert said Mr Bayley left Meagher's body in the laneway, and went to his Coburg home to fetch a shovel.
At 4.22am he arrived back at the laneway, Mr Silbert said, and put the body in the boot of his car.
At 4.26am he drove to Gisborne South where he buried the body on the side of the road.
Mr Silbert said Mr Bayley had been interviewed by police for ten hours, during which he made admissions
to raping and strangling Jill Meagher.
Forensic pathologist Matthew Lynch, who performed the autopsy after police called him to Gisborne South,
told the court that bruising on Jill Meagher's neck showed ''compressive'' force had been applied which also fractured her larynx.
Zixue Qui, who lived near the laneway, told the court she had heard a woman say ''Get out of there'' in a loud,
slurring voice around 1.45am on the morning Meagher went missing.
Ms Qui said she had heard the woman say this several times, but could not see anyone in the laneway when she went to the window.
No screaming or yelling was heard.
Ms Qui's husband told the court he had also heard the woman's voice and had previously warned his wife not to walk in the laneway.
Meagher's husband Tom, parents George and Edith McKeon, and brother Michael watched from their seats in the courtroom as
Mr Bayley entered the dock, though Mr Meagher repeatedly left the court as evidence was heard.
Mr Bayley will face the Supreme Court for a directions hearing later this month.
Thousands honour Jill Meagher in Brunswick peace march
Tens of thousands of Melburnians have marched through Brunswick to promote peace and soladarity following the death of Jill Meagher.
Sydney Road was brought to a standstill, as an estimated 30,000 people honoured the 29-year-old ABC employee.
Many stopped to pay their respects by laying flowers at the bridal shop where she was last seen alive.
Premier Ted Baillieu believes Jill's death can be used to turn around a culture of violence.
"It's (yesterday's march) a very very powerful message but in many ways I am not surprised,"
"Victoria has a proud record of changing culture on social issues, you can go back to the day of the appaling behaviour
that led to the road toll which we saw in the late 60's and early 70's" Mr Baillieu told Neil Mitchell.
"This is about turning around a culture and one of the signs yesterday said 'We will not tolerate it' and that's certainly
the view of the governmet" he said.
Hearts break across the globe for Jill Meagher - the girl who liked to sing
FOR her neighbours in Brunswick, Jill Meagher was the girl who sang.
The people in the apartments beside the Meaghers never heard a cross word between the beautiful young Irish woman and her gentle husband, Tom.
Just that lovely, lilting voice, before or after work and at weekends.
Where Jill worked at the ABC studios in Southbank, everyone who met her had a soft spot for the cheerful, chirpy soul who made such a good
impression in such a short time.
Morning broadcaster Jon Faine's rare lapse into raw emotion in speaking of her disappearance caught and spread a sense of shared loss that
has infected a city, a state and two nations.
The real tragedy, of course, belongs to Jill Meagher's family and her closest friends - to her mother and already ailing father, whose illness
brought her back early from a recent trip to Ireland.
And it belongs to her brother Michael McKeon, the rock who carried his own anguish so well while he supported his brother-in-law, Tom Meagher,
through the most hellish week of their lives.
Words cannot describe the grief and shock of loved ones in these cases. But Tom Meagher has had to endure the extra torment of the unavoidable
process of clearing him of any suspicion.
The obvious flip side of the statistics that tell us women are relatively rarely murdered by strangers is that they are harmed by someone they
know in almost nine out of 10 cases.
But statistics are cold comfort for innocents caught up in the horror of random abductions, rapes and murders.
For Tom Meagher it meant being the focus of a homicide investigation, with the attendant public and media attention, for at least two days.
Only when investigators had a compelling lead pointing to a random attacker did the scrutiny switch away from him.
The police cannot do their job any differently but there is a reminder here for all of us - the public, the media and even investigators - that
to leap to early judgments and entertain "hunches" can be about as logical as reading tarot cards or tea leaves.
We shouldn't need reminding of this after the cruel injustice inflicted on Lindy and Michael Chamberlain when public opinion, led by police and
political leaks, skewed a jury to wrongly condemn them for the abduction and death of their baby daughter, Azaria, in 1980.
And we should remember the farrago of false rumours swirling around the murder of Jane Thurgood-Dove, the mother of three shot in her own driveway
in Niddrie in 1997.
Over months, public opinion blamed two innocent men and the victim herself in what turned out to be a tragic case of mistaken identity by stupid,
vicious criminals totally unconnected with the Thurgood-Doves.
There are, sadly, other examples of the injustice of misguided public opinion.
And there are, tragically, many more examples of random attacks on the innocent.
Some linger in the memory: the "Mr Stinky" double murder at Shepparton, the Anita Cobby outrage, the Bega schoolgirl murders, the Claremont serial murders,
David and Catherine Birnie's sex killings, the unsolved "Mr Cruel" abductions, the Ivan Milat backpacker murders and the Falconio case.
It's the top of a long and ghastly list that finishes with scores of unsolved missing persons cases gathering dust in police files across the country.
Many forgotten cases may be just as sinister and just as tragic as the disappearance of Jill Meagher but they did not catch the imagination the same way.
Her fate has galvanised emotions in two countries: the one she adopted and the one of her birth.
In the big city where she died, and the town she was born in on the other side of the world, hearts are breaking for the smiling girl who liked to sing.
On a wall of Saint Oliver's Community College in Drogheda, on Ireland's east coast, a large frame of photographs records
the "Leaving Certificate Results 2000".
Featured are friends hugging, others holding up their graduation certificates in triumph and relief. But the largest photo in
the centre of the frame was reserved for Jill McKeon. She wasn't the school leader or the most clever in the class, but such
was her personality and popularity it was natural she took centre stage.
"That was Jill, all right," says her best friend Julie Cullen, now an English teacher at the school.
"She just had such a big personality and just lit up the room. She was kind and generous and if a stranger came up to her and asked her
for a cigarette she would smile and say 'Yeah, here, take two, what else do you need?' That was the sort of person she was."
The frame of photographs that captured a happy day of smiles and excitement now hangs in a gloomy room at the end of a school corridor.
The curtains are drawn, a single candle flickers beside some flowers and a condolence book - pages already curling with the pressed indent
of a ton of signatures, farewells and best wishes from students and teachers.
Deputy principal of the school, Mary Donaghy, says the 1200 students and teachers have been touched by the tragedy that has struck one of
their own on the other side of the world.
"You hope that students from anywhere, all over the globe, should leave school and enjoy a good life and it is very sad to think that with hope comes despair," she said.
A school annual of the year she graduated shows a beaming Jill McKeon.
It doesn't record what her dreams and ambitions were but Ms Cullen, who became close to Jill at university, said her friend wanted to
be a writer, travel far and bring joy to others. She achieved all three in spades, she said.
Now it's all about the pictures and happy memories she leaves behind.
On their first day at University College, Dublin, Ms Cullen knew no one when she met Jill in an outdoor smoking area.
Jill was so bubbly and engaging the pair hit it off and, together with a third random smoker Rebecca Walls, formed a trio that would become inseparable.
Ms Cullen calls up a photo of the three of them from those days on her mobile phone. The picture, copied from film, is poor quality but she now holds it dear.
Jill (right) with her two best friends from college days, Rebecca Walls (left) and Julie Cullen (right). Source: Supplied
One reason is the caption Jill wrote for it: "If it wasn't for the smoking section ... ", a reference to when they would often joke that with the
demise of smoking areas if they were to have their time again, they might have never met.
Ms Cullen has not smoked for five years but this week lit up again because of the stress of a best mate lost.
"Jill had always been an Aussie, of sorts at least," she said.
"I knew she always had Australia in her blood, in her background. Even though she lived here, she always kept the house in Australia so
I always knew she was destined for Australia.
"I think she always felt Australian as well, even though she was Irish ... Australia was very much a big part of her identity as well,
and she very much related to Australia and loved it and talked about it all the time.
"She spent years there and carried great memories, talked about the easy lifestyle and living, she talked about the sunshine even though
she was fair-skinned and didn't go out in the sun, she'd talk about it anyway. She just totally loved Australia."
She was just beautiful and bubbly
Jill grew up in nearby Termonfeckin village just north of Drogheda, 40km north of Dublin, but first moved to Australia when she was 10 when
her father George got a job in Perth.
She returned with her family and lived in the satellite suburb of Wheaton Hall on the outskirts of town to do her schooling at St Oliver's
and Drogheda Grammar School.
At university, she studied English, sociology and psychology for her BA and, in her spare time, acted in plays, wrote poetry and short stories
and paid her way with a job at the student union bar.
She worked for the Irish national broadcaster RTE for a while and wanted to pursue a career in writing before getting married and returning to Australia.
She came back to Drogheda to see family three weeks ago and again a happy memory was captured in a photograph.
Her uncle Michael McKeon said Jill and his three daughters went to their grandmother's house in central Drogheda. The Laurence St flat is
above a shop the family once owned and ran as a pub.
They bought Chinese take-away and Jill talked non-stop of her happy life in Melbourne, her job at the ABC and her husband Tom and the life they shared.
It was a happy party and Jill and her three cousins posed for the snap. At any other time the photograph would have been buried
away somewhere, but Mr McKeon said it now carried so much more value, a cherished record of happier times.
"Jillian had a strong will, she was a strong-willed person but in many ways she was a small petite person with a big personality - very dedicated,
a very strong worker," he said. "She was just beautiful and bubbly."
When Ms Cullen first saw the CCTV footage of the hoodie man, she thought it was likely Jill's nature had seen her engage the man who would later
allegedly take her life.
"She was just so trusting and kind, and would do anything for anybody."
"Trusting" and "kind" were words many used about her this week in her hometown, a town struggling to come to terms with a local soul lost 12,000 miles away.
Sunday Herald Sun (30-9-2012)
Andrew Rule/ Charles Miranda
Accused killer of Jill Meagher appears in court
The husband of Jill Meagher has attended Melbourne Magistrates Court for the appearance of his wife's alleged killer.
The courtroom was packed as Adrian Ernest Bayley was brought in, charged with the rape and murder of the 29-year-old ABC employee.
Michael McKeon, the brother of Ms Meagher, held the hand of her husband Tom as Bayley entered the court.
Bayley said little except to reply "Yes" to indicate he understood the Magistrate. He was told he could not apply for bail due to the nature of the charges.
He will face a committal hearing on January 18.
The 41-year-old was arrested on Thursday night following an investigation that began nearly a week ago when Ms Meagher failed to return home after a night out with workmates in Brunswick.
Her body was found overnight at the side of a dirt road at Gisborne South, about 50km north-west of Melbourne.
Tom Meagher spoke outside the court, thanking the public for its support.
"Despite the fact that this is the worst thing that we will ever go through in our lives, I've been really humbled by the support of the Australian public, the tireless efforts of the police and all the friends and families who've put their lives on hold to help us out," he said.
"And while I really appreciate all the support, I would just like to mention that negative comments on social media may hurt legal proceedings, so please be mindful of that.
"I would also like to say that if the press, if the media could respect the privacy of the Meaghers and the McKeons at this time, that would be brilliant. Thankyou."
In the vision Ms Meagher can be seen talking to a man wearing a blue hooded jumper as she walked along Sydney Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police said the social media campaign to find Ms Meagher helped in the investigation, but officials were now concerned about the potential of trial by social media.
A Facebook page established on Sunday to help find Ms Meagher attracted more than 120,000 likes, with hundreds of messages posted on the site after the arrest and news of her death.
While many were heartfelt messages to Ms Meagher and her family, other people elsewhere online have posted comments and other material that could prejudice court proceedings.
It prompted Victoria Police to tweet: "Please remember posting comments which endanger the presumption of innocence can also jeopardise a trial."
Earlier today, Ms Meagher's uncle, Michael McKeon, released a statement on behalf of her family in Ireland, expressing their heartbreak and asking for space to grieve.
We are devastated. We are heartbroken.
She was the first grandchild my mother had, and all her aunties, uncles and cousins are powerless to describe their loss.
There are no words to describe how we feel at what has happened.
We acknowledge the role that social media has played in the search for Jill.
We believe that has helped us in the search, but it's not the outcome that we had hoped and prayed for.
We thank the people around the world who have helped support us.
Both the McKeon and Meagher family will have to plan now to grieve for Jillian.
This is going to be one of the greatest, hardest things given that only three years ago we came together for the marriage of this lovely couple.
We'd hope that people will give us time and space now to grieve for Jillian.
ABC managing director Mark Scott says the police announcement is devastating news for Ms Meagher's family, her friends and her many colleagues at the ABC.
He says she was an important member of the Victorian radio team and a vibrant presence at 774 Melbourne.
"She was widely known, universally respected and much loved, with a great career ahead of her," Mr Scott said.
"Our thoughts are with Jill's husband, Tom, her family and her friends.
"I know that ABC staff everywhere will want to send their love and support to Jill's colleagues who have endured such a terrible week only to face the reality of her loss."
Defamation, libel and sub judice apply to everyone, not just journalists.
ABC Victoria's local content manager, Cath Hurley, says Local Radio Victoria is deeply saddened by the tragic news.
"Our thoughts go out to Jill's family and friends, so devastated by the passing of this wonderful young woman," Hurley said.
"She was witty, intelligent and great company. Her friends and workmates at the ABC will miss her greatly."
774 ABC presenter Jon Faine paid tribute to his friend and colleague at the start of his show, saying her legacy is important.
"Jill's death must not come to define us. That is not what it is like to live in the Melbourne we know," he said.
"This is an exceptionally rare event. Its randomness is part of what is so incomprehensible about it."
Police officer and Macedon Ranges councillor John Letchford says Gisborne residents are considering holding a respectful vigil near the crime scene this afternoon.
"The shock of coming out to the street to see police and then finding out what's actually occurred in basically your front yard, it's quite a shock to our community residents and we'll be working within council and certainly our council officers to see what we can do," he said.
Search for man who spoke to Jill Meagher
CCTV footage of missing Melbourne ABC radio worker Jill Meagher shows her talking to a man on a busy Brunswick street minutes before she disappeared.
Detectives are leaning towards the possibility ABC employee Jill Meagher was abducted just minutes from her home, soon after a man wearing a blue hoodie was caught on CCTV footage approaching her on a busy Melbourne street.
"We haven't been able to rule that out at all," said Detective Inspector John Potter, as the search for the missing 29-year-old entered its sixth day.
"In fact, we're looking more and more at that as a possibility."
Police have released CCTV footage that shows Ms Meagher - who moved to Melbourne from Ireland three years ago - speaking with an unknown man in a blue hoodie as she walked home from an inner-city bar after Friday night drinks with her co-workers.
The footage narrows her last known sighting to a spot within a five-minute walk of the Brunswick flat she shares with her husband, just off Sydney Road.
Thomas Meagher has urged anyone who may have seen his wife the night she disappeared to call police.
"It's Friday night on Sydney Road. It's busy. People have to have seen something," he told reporters on Monday.
As Ms Meagher talks with the man in the hoodie, at least five other people, several taxis and a tram are seen passing by, but no one has come forward to police.
"We've very keen to talk to that man in the hoodie," Det Insp Potter said.
Police say Ms Meagher left Bar Etiquette at 1.33am (AEST) on Saturday and encountered the man nine minutes later.
The CCTV footage, released on Wednesday, shows the man walking back and forth outside a bridal store on Sydney Road before speaking to Ms Meagher, who is wearing high heels and carrying two bags.
He then walks off ahead of her, she waits behind for a moment, begins to look at her phone, and continues walking.
Ms Meagher's brother in Perth had a two-minute phone call from her at 1.43am, discussing their father's illness.
Her husband has told the media that he began calling her from home repeatedly, starting at 2am, but only reached her voicemail.
Police say Mr Meagher later left their apartment to look for her.
Several forensic searches of the couple's flat have been conducted this week, but police stress Mr Meagher is not being treated as a suspect.
On Monday, one of the two bags she was seen carrying was found dumped in a laneway between the bridal store and her home.
Police suspect whoever was behind her disappearance may have planted the bag in the laneway to throw off the investigation.
A weekend police search of the laneway had failed to find the bag.
A nervous backward glance and Meagher follows the man in blue
IT WAS the moment Jillian Meagher ceased to be a phantom and became gut-wrenchingly real. She stands on the footpath outside a
bridal shop, mobile phone in hand, as a man in a blue hoodie, jeans and white sneakers talks to her.
Eventually, he walks north down Sydney Road, Brunswick. Ms Meagher stands there for 10 seconds, looks briefly behind her and walks in the same direction as him.
And with that, she vanished.
The head of the homicide squad, Detective Inspector John Potter, said yesterday that police were increasingly fearful that
Ms Meagher was abducted from the street shortly after she was recorded on the CCTV camera talking to the man.
If that is the case, the man in the blue hoodie is now the focus of a case that has gripped the nation.
In the footage, the man and Ms Meagher appear at the far right of the screen, partially obscured by the shop window dummies.
They stop and talk, he seems to put out a hand to try to touch her face, and she rocks backwards.
They then walk past the shop doorway to the left of the screen, she hangs back slightly, looking nervously back down the footpath, while he seems
to urge her to follow him. There is a glimpse of the man's face in profile. He looks fairly young, maybe in his 20s or 30s, with spiky,
light brown hair. He is talking to her, gesticulating, and then disappears, followed eventually by Ms Meagher.
Homicide detectives fear missing ABC employee Jillian Meagher met with foul play
Homicide detectives fear missing ABC employee Jill Meagher may have met with foul play on the 700 metre walk from a Melbourne bar to her home.
Ms Meagher, 29, was last seen leaving a bar in Sydney Road, Brunswick early on Saturday morning.
She had been drinking with colleagues when she left Bar Etiquette at about 1.30 am, intending to go home, a five minute walk away.
Victoria Police this morning confirmed a handbag found in a nearby lane way belonged to Ms Meagher, but have no more clues as yet to her possible whereabouts.
A pair of shoes has also been found near Victoria Street and Ovens Street, near where the handbag was found.
Police are now investigating whether the shoes also belong to the missing Irish woman.
The area of Hope St, off Sydney Rd, has now been cordoned off as a crime scene.
Homicide squad detective inspector John Potter said a search of the surrounding area had not yielded any signs of a struggle or clues to where Ms Meagher, an administrator at ABC radio, might have gone.
"We haven't found anything physical but the very circumstances of the case are worrying," he said.
"We are hopeful for the best obviously but we have some concerns that she may have met with foul play."
Mr Potter said there was no sign Ms Meagher had used her bank accounts over the weekend, and police were still trying to locate her mobile phone.
"Potentially somebody knows what's happened to Jillian," he said. "That person or persons should contact Crimestoppers.
"It is not too late to tell us, or if indeed if Jillian can hear this please contact us."
Mr Potter said Sydney Rd, which is lined with trendy bars and restaurants, was busy on Friday nights and women should expect to feel safe walking there.
Ms Meagher's husband Thomas said his wife had regularly walked home from venues in the area.
"I reckon somebody must have seen her," he told ABC radio.
"Friday night, Sydney Road - it's pretty busy."
Speaking to reporters later today, Mr Meagher, who led the social media campaign to find his wife, said his
wife had been in good spirits before she left work on Friday evening.
"I spoke to her before I left work and she was in great spirits," he told reporters.
"Everyone who was there that night said she was in really good spirits."
ABC local radio, where Ms Meagher works as a unit co-ordinator, said her friends and colleagues are saddened and concerned to hear about her disappearance.
"She is a highly valued and much loved member of the local radio team," a statement said.
"Our thoughts are with Jill's family and friends during this very difficult time."
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