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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Adrian Bayley leaves court today. Source:News Limited
ADRIAN Ernest Bayley was a "sexual predator" who was on parole when he attacked ABC employee Jill Meagher, the Victorian Supreme Court has heard.
Bayley, 41, pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Ms Meagher, 29, who was attacked in a Brunswick lane on September 22.
In his opening during Bayley's plea hearing this morning, Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, described the Coburg man as a predator.
Mr Silbert outlined the facts and circumstances of the case, describing how Ms Meagher visited several bars before Bayley accosted her about 550m from her home while walking alone.
Mr Silbert told Justice Geoffrey Nettle that Bayley first appeared "overly confident and cocky" during his record of interview but his demeanour changed as detectives continued to put damning evidence to him.
At one point Bayley was snivelling and breathing heavily as the interview continued until he appeared broken with the body language of a guilty man, the court was told.
Mr Silbert told the court Bayley had spent two previous stints in jail for multiple rape offences and been granted parole.
He was also on appeal bail for a recklessly causing serious injury conviction at the time he attacked Ms Meagher, the court was told.
Defence counsel Saul Holt, SC, told Justice Nettle that while a term of life imprisonment was open to him, he should hand down a minimum term to offer the remorseful and self-loathing Bayley some hope to rehabilitate.
Psychologist Professor James Ogloff told the hearing that Bayley, who claimed he was sexually abused by a female at a younger age, enjoyed exhibiting power over female victims.
Mr Silbert said the Crown disputed any suggestion of remorse, saying that Bayley only confessed to detectives after he was "backed into a corner" by the evidence.
Jill's husband (Tom Meagher, above right), father, George McKeon (above left) and mother of Ms Meagher gave victim impact statements during Bayley's plea hearing.
Jill's father read his victim impact statement to the court.
"It is just not okay to rape and murder my child," Mr McKeon said.
He explained how his daughter had helped him through a stroke in September 2012 not long before her death - and had urged him to live so her eventual children could have a young grandfather to run around with.
Source: News Limited
He lamented the fact he would never see his daughter have children.
"My wife of 30 years will never be a maternal grandmother," he read, bravely.
Ms Meagher's mother, Edith, was ill, and could not attend court today.
She recounted how Jill had met husband Tom back in Ireland after their family had moved to "the wonderful country" of Australia in 1990 when Jill was seven.
Jill and Tom had chosen to live in Melbourne for the great lifestyle it offered.
Tom Meagher's statement was also read out for him.
He recalled how he met Jill and mentioned her fun and adventurous spirit and zest for life.
Tom described Jill as his best friend and his entire world.
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Ms Meagher's work manager read out a statement on behalf of Jill's ABC colleagues and described her as a trusted colleague and friend and a trusting and loved person.
CCTV footage of Ms Meagher's last minutes as she walked home along Sydney Road, Brunswick, the night she was raped and killed were played to Justice Nettle by Mr Silbert during his opening this morning.
Mr Silbert then outlined the facts and circumstances of the events surrounding the rape and murder of Ms Meagher.
Justice Nettle will sentence Bayley, pictured above leaving court today, next Wednesday.