Adrian Bayley was on parole for raping five prostitutes at time of Jill Meagher murder
"Shouldn't have been out on the streets" says Meagher's mother-in-law
Adrian Bayley, the Australian bodybuilder who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Irish journalist Jill Meagher, was at the time on parole for raping five prostitutes.
Bayley, 41, pleaded guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court to killing the 29-year-old Irish expat from Drogheda, Co. Louth, as she walked home from a bar in the inner-north suburb of Brunswick last September. He now potentially faces life in prison.
Meagher's mother-in-law told the Daily Mail that Bayley should not have had the chance to brutally rape and murder Jill at all because he was out on parole for the rape of five prostitutes.
"He [Bayley] was out on parole – and shouldn’t have been out on the streets at all. It was such an appalling and such a random thing," said Joan Meagher, the mother of Jill's husband Tom.
"Jill just happened to be out there. I hope that he is never left in a position to do this to anyone else.
"He has ruined so many lives. He deserves to get life because of his previous record and because he was on parole."
Joan said the family was shocked when Bayley initially pleaded not guilty to the charges last month. After his not-guilty plea was entered, Tom Meagher walked out of the courtroom.
"Everyone was so shocked when Bayley had pleaded not guilty and I think that’s why Tom walked out of court," she said. "They [the prosecution] had this massive file on him and he had such a huge criminal background."
Bayley served his first sentence for rape in the early 1990s and was released from jail in 1993 after serving three years.
He was later convicted in 2002 for the rape of five prostitutes. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail but was released after serving only eight years. Bayley and was due to remain on parole until March 2013.
Had Bayley served his full sentence, he would not have been on the streets the night that JIll Meagher was murdered.
In the police transcripts of an interview with Bayley on September 27 of last year, he is quoted as saying: ‘I strangled her. I hope they bring back the death penalty before I get sentenced.
"I should be in jail anyway, you know. I shouldn’t have been let out last time – simple. And I say that in the hope someone hears that and they don’t ever let me out again. How many chances does a person need?
Joan Meagher said the families are still trying to come to terms with the loss of Jill.
‘We remember Jill as such a lovely little girl. Everyone adored her. It really is an awful loss. We’ll never get over it. But imagine how hard it is for her lovely family. She’s their child and they have had such an awful journey.’
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