JUSTICE FOR JILL: GUILTY – Saturday April 6 2013

– Adrian Ernest Bayley has pleaded guilty to murdering Jill Meagher.
Bayley appeared in the Supreme Court and responded with “guilty” after yesterday being asked for his plea to the charge of murdering Ms Meagher in Brunswick on September 22nd.
Bayley, a 41-year-old pipeline layer, also pleaded guilty to one count of rape.
Justice Geoffrey Nettle accepted the pleas.
Bayley, of Coburg, was remanded to reappear in the Supreme Court on June 11th for plea and sentence. Justice nettle will sentence Bayley on a date to be fixed after that. None of Ms Meagher’s relatives was at court.
No other aspects of the arraignment hearing can be reported for legal reasons.
Bayley’s committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court last month heard that he and his partner had drinks in a pub and a city club on the night of Friday, September 21st.
His partner left him and went back to their home in Coburg not long after midnight.
The committal hearing was told Bayley returned home in a taxi about 12:25am and changed his clothes before heading out again.
Ms Meagher, meanwhile, had been drinking at several venues with colleagues from the ABC.
She finished up at the Etiquette Bar in Sydney Road, Brunswick, about 1:30am and, after declining a friend’s offer of a ride home in a taxi, began the short walk alone.
Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, told the committal hearing that Bayley came across Ms Meagher about 1:38am.
At 1:37am, Ms Meagher’s husband, Tom, had sent her a text message from home asking: “Are you okay?”
At 1:47am, an extremely worried Mr Meagher sent his wife another text.
He sent another at 2:07am: “Please pick up.”
He then searched Brunswick streets in vain.
After working the crime scene and gathering evidence, including CCTV footage along with Bayley’s and Ms Meagher’s simultaneous phone records, Homicide Squad detectives arrested Bayley on September 27th.
He made admissions and took police to recover Ms Meagher’s body – Paul Anderson


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