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The man who raped and killed Jill Meagher is appealing for his jail time to be cut

Bayley was subsequently found guilty of raping three other women, two in the same year as Meagher’s brutal murder.

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THE MAN WHO raped and killed Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne has begun his appeal against two other rape convictions.

Adrian Bayley was sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 murder of the Louth woman and prevented from applying for parole for at least 35 years.

He was convicted of three further rapes following that decision, adding 18 years onto his sentence and increasing his non-parole period to 43 years.

Bayley successfully appealed last year to re-apply for legal aid after his initial request for legal representation was rejected.

But he was told earlier this week that his second application for a lawyer had been refused, according to ABC News.

Meagher, who worked at a local ABC radio station after moving to Australia in 2009, disappeared in the early hours of 22 September 2012 as she walked home from a bar close to her Melbourne home.

Her body was discovered five days later in a shallow grave outside the city.

Bayley was subsequently found guilty of raping an 18-year-old sex worker in 2000, a Dutch backpacker in 2012 and a 25-year-old sex worker in that same year.

He is now appealing his sentence in two of those three cases.

Read: Waterford man pleads guilty to raping a mother and daughter

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