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Friday, September 28, 2012

Jill Meagher's body found

It was the man in the blue hoodie seen on the CCTV cameras.  But why did he have to kill her?

Adrian Ernest Bayley took police to where he partially buried the body of Jill Meagher after he raped and murdered her.  The 41 year old was unrestrained in the police car and was able to hide his face from the cameras.

Police found her body at the side of a road at Gisborne South, about 50 kms north-west of Melbourne.

This tragic event has struck deep into the heart of our social culture, after-work drinks with workmates on a Friday night will never be the same again.  Women everywhere will shudder as they remember making their way home alone after a night out with co-workers and just like Jill, they had no fear.

Ms Meagher's family in Ireland are devastated and her husband of 3 years is beside himself with grief.  ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said Jill 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" he said.

The irony is that Jill twice refused an offer from a male work colleague for a lift home in a taxi - she said her home was only a five minute walk away.

We've seen how a life sentence works in Australia, murderers don't stay in prison for the rest of their lives, they get out because people with good intentions grant them parole.  Let's hope Adrian Ernest Bayley gets the justice he deserves - life without parole.