MY ETERNAL LOVE – Wednesday June 12 2013

– Jill Meagher’s husband will be forever haunted by how she crossed paths with evil the night serial rapist Adrian Ernest Bayley snatched her just 500m from her home.
In a victim impact statement that had to be read out on his behalf in the Supreme Court yesterday, Tom Meagher described his never-ending pain and called Bayley a “grotesque human being without a soul.
“The pain of not being able to tell Jill that I loved her in her final moments, the knowledge that those last moments were terrifying and painful, and the knowledge that with her final walk she crossed paths with evil haunts me every day,” he said in the statement.
Bayley was a violent sexual predator out on parole when he flew into a fit of rage and murdered Jill because she dared fight back after he raped her, the court was told.
As Bayley sat in the dock, hanging his head, Justice Geoffrey Nettle heard two versions of why he murdered Jill after raping her in a Brunswick laneway.
Bayley snatched the vivacious Jill, 29, from Sydney Road as she walked home alone after a night out with ABC work colleagues in September last year.
Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, told a plea hearing that Bayley – who had served two jail sentences for multiple rapes and was out on parole – killed her because he knew he would face a jail term of up to 20 years if caught for raping her.
But the court heard Bayley told a psychologist that after raping Ms Meagher, he held her down “for long enough to kill her” because she retaliated and threatened to tell police.
“It is much more likely that this was a rage-based response to what was occurring, as opposed to being a rational assessment of the need to dispose of a witness – if I could out it in that blunt and rather inappropriate way,” defence counsel Saul Holt, SC, said.
Tom Meagher and Jill’s father, George McKeon, sat in court during the hearing.
Mr McKeon stifled sobs as he told the judge: “It is just no OK to rape and murder my child”.
Tom Meagher wrote he was now “half a person” because of the crime.
He said the fact that people considered him a suspect early on only exacerbated his grief.
Other statements were read out on behalf of Jill’s mother, Edith; her brother, Michael; a friend, and her ABC Radio work manager.
Bayley, 41, pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Ms Meagher.
Yesterday, Mr Silbert described how Ms Meagher visited several bars with friends before Bayley accosted her, raped and strangled her, and buried her in a roadside grave hours later.
Bayley first appeared “overly confident and cocky” as he lied to homicide detectives and denied involvement, Mr Silbert said. But his demeanour changed as investigators continued to present him with damning evidence.
Mr Silbert said Bayley had spent two previous stints in jail for multiple rapes of victims, and was granted parole on both occasions. When he killed Jill he was free on parole, and was also on appeal bail for an assault conviction, the court was told.
Mr Holt told Justice Nettle that while a term of life imprisonment was open, he should impose a minimum non-parole term to offer the remorseful and self-loathing Bayley some hope of rehabilitation.
Forensic psychologist James Ogloff told the court Bayley, who claimed he was abused by a female relative between the ages of nine and 15, enjoyed “exercising power and control over victims”.
The court was told Bayley, who tried to commit suicide with a sharpened tin lid while being held in custody last October, suffered a borderline personality disorder.
Professor Ogloff said it was obvious Bayley was a serious continuing risk of sexual and violent offending.
“It’s a degree of sexual depravity that is relatively rare, thankfully,” Professor Ogloff told the court.
In a letter of apology, Bayley said he was sorry. He could not imagine the grief he had caused, and was not seeking forgiveness, he said.
Mr Silbert said the Crown disputed any suggestion of remorse as Bayley confessed only after he was “backed into a corner” by the evidence produced by the police.
Justice Nettle will sentence Bayley next Wednesday – 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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