ACCUSED TO FIGHT CHARGES – Saturday January 19 2013

– The man accused of killing Jill Meagher will contest allegations he raped and murdered the ABC employee, who disappeared while walking home alone.

Adrian Ernest Bailey, 41, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link from prison yesterday.

He spoke no more than six words during the 10-minute mention hearing.

“Yes, I can, yes,” he said when Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton asked if he could see and hear the proceedings via his monitor in the jail video room.

Mr Bayley, charged with raping and murdering Ms Meagher in Brunswick on September 22nd last year, sat mute throughout the rest of the proceeding, as a two-day committal hearing was booked for March 12th and 13th.

Witnesses will be cross-examined during that hearing, which will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for Mr Bayley to stand trial.

An interpreter would be needed for the first day of the hearing, the court was told.

Mr Bayley appeared clean-shaven in a dark designer-style suit without a tie.

He sat, hands clasped on a desk, as Ms Broughton granted a defence application to extend a suppression order. Last October, Ms Broughton banned publication – predominantly on social media – of any damaging or potentially prejudicial material about Mr Bayley.

Yesterday she extended the order until March 12th.

Two female friends of Ms Meagher were in court yesterday. Ms Meagher’s husband, Tom, and her brother, Michael McKeon – who both attended Mr Bayley’s first court appearance in September – were not present.

At the end of yesterday’s hearing, Ms Broughton asked defence lawyer Helen Spowart: “I take it there’s no application for bail?”

“No, Your Honour,” Ms Spowart replied.

Mr Bayley, of Coburg, was remanded to reappear at court on March 12th.

It is alleged Mr Bayley abducted Ms Meagher, a 29-year-old Irish national, as she walked home alone from a bar in Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Detectives found her body in a shallow grave beside a dirt road in Gisborne South, about 45km from Brunswick.

Ms Meagher’s death generated widespread international media coverage and prompted 30,000 people to march along Sydney Road – Paul Anderson



About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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