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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Pedestrian Safety Walking Adrian Bayley was on parole for Rape when he Raped and Murdered Jill Meagher, court told The Australian Lighting, Police & CCTV Community Safety Covert Bullying Cyber Bullying Vigilantism Hyper-Vigilantism
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Adrian Bayley was on parole when he killed Jill Meagher, court told
June 11, 20131:30PM
Adrian Bayley arrives at the Supreme Court in Melbourne for today's plea hearing. Picture: Norm Oorloff Source: Herald Sun
THE man who killed Jill Meagher was a serial rapist on parole for previous offences when he raped and murdered the young ABC employee.
The Victorian Supreme Court today heard details of Adrian Ernest Bayley's criminal history as he apologised to Meagher's family through his lawyer, who asked that a non-parole period be set on Bayley's likely life sentence to give him some “hope” in prison.
Bayley, 41, has pleaded guilty to murdering and raping 29-year old Meagher in September last year as she walked home in Melbourne from a night out with friends.
Justice Geoffrey Nettle, who will sentence Bayley next week, heard Bayley had been on parole at the time for a series of rapes against five victims, as well as on bail for a charge of recklessly causing serious injury.
Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert SC said Bayley was a “sexual predator” who showed a modus operandi of exerting physical power over his victims and threatening to kill his victims.
The court heard Bayley was only 18 when he was first sentenced for rape, attempted rape and making threats to kill against three victims.
He was released three years into his five-year head sentence.
In 2002 a Victorian County Court judge sentenced him to serve at least eight years in prison for 16 counts of rape committed against five victims.
He was released on parole for those offences in March 2010.
The details of Bayley's history have previously been suppressed, but can now be published after Justice Nettle today revoked his earlier suppression order.
Mr Silbert said Bayley knew as he raped Meagher that he was likely to serve the maximum rape penalty of 25 years in prison if he was caught.
“Accordingly, he had no option but to kill her,” Mr Silbert said.
Psychologist Professor James Ogloff told the court Bayley admitted lying in a sexual rehabilitation program while serving a prison term in order to get parole.
“I basically went through the motions and told them what they wanted to hear,” Bayley said, according to an extract of an interview between Bayley and Professor Ogloff which was read to the court.
The court heard Bayley admitted to Professor Ogloff he typically blamed his victims for his crimes and lashed out physically whenever confronted or challenged.
Bayley's barrister Saul Holt SC said his client felt genuine remorse for his actions and wanted to apologise to Meagher's family, who spoke of their grief today in victim impact statements tendered to the court.
Meagher's father George McKeon stood metres away from Bayley as he read a statement telling the court how, after he had a stroke early last year, his daughter had made him promise to stay healthy and live.
“The reason that she wanted me to live, she said quite smartly, was because she wanted her children to have a young granddad to run around,” said Mr McKeon, adding that his daughter might have been three or four months pregnant by now.
“Every young child (and) small babe less than three months old they remind me of Jill and they remind me of what would have been,” he said.
“It was a brutal ending to her life.”
Bayley sat in the dock with his head bowed as Mr McKeon broke down in tears before returning to the body of the court.
A statement by Meagher's husband Tom was also tendered to the court and read by a junior prosecutor.
Mr Meagher described how he had met his future wife in an “awkward encounter” in 2011 and soon realised she was “the most wonderful person I had ever met”.
“I'm half a person because of this crime,” he said in his statement, saying that the possibility of having a family with his wife had been “stolen” since she had “crossed paths with evil”.
Mr Meagher said he now had first hand knowledge of how “depraved” a human being could be and often thought of how his wife's life had ended at the hands of a “grotesque and soulless” human being.
Bayley's barrister Saul Holt SC said his client accepted a life sentence was likely, but asked for a non-parole period to be set to give him hope in prison.
Mr Holt said Bayley understood the distress he had caused to Meagher's family and had provided a short statement of apology to be read in court.
“I would like to apologise for my actions,” Mr Holt read from a sheet of paper. “That night I destroyed a precious life.”
Mr Holt said his client had expressed “genuine remorse” and demonstrated self-loathing, fitting with a psychologist's diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.
The court heard Bayley attempted suicide in prison a few weeks after his arrest last year, and maintains that he did not intend to kill Meagher.
Justice Nettle will sentence Bayley next Wednesday.