• 'Evil' Bayley Begins Life Prison Term

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Photo: File photo of Adrian Ernest Bayley being led into a prison van (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Adrian Ernest Bayley has spent the first night of his life sentence in jail for the rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher.

Bayley was jailed for life with a non-parole period of 35 years on Wednesday for what a judge described as one of the worst conceivable murders.

Ms Meagher was only 500 metres from home when Bayley raped then strangled her in a Brunswick laneway on September 22 last year.

Victorian Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Nettle said the combination of rape and murder was particularly heinous and made even worse by Bayley's attempt to conceal the body and the fact he was on parole and bail at the time.

"You dragged her off the street late at night while she was going peaceably about her own business within a stone's throw of her home," Justice Nettle told Bayley.

"The rape was savage and degrading.

"In terms of moral culpability your killing of the deceased ranks among the worst kinds conceivable."

Bayley, 41, will need to be isolated from other prisoners throughout his prison term for his own protection.

He will be aged around 76 when his first opportunity for parole arises.

Ms Meagher's husband Tom told ABC TV Bayley was unrepentant and evil.

He said Victoria's parole board had failed him and Jill's family by letting Bayley back out on the streets before he had served his maximum time for previous violent offences.

"The number one priority of the parole board should be to protect the innocent and that's what they didn't do in this case and that's why Jill isn't here," Mr Meagher said.

"It makes my blood boil and sends a disturbing message. This man is unrepentantly evil."

AAP



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