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The man who raped and killed Jill Meagher is fighting to have his jail time cut

Adrian Bayley must spend at least 43 years in jail.

Adrian Bayley must serve at least 43 years in jail before he can apply for parole.
Adrian Bayley must serve at least 43 years in jail before he can apply for parole.
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THE MAN WHO raped and killed Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne is going to court as he continues his fight to reduce his sentence.

Adrian Bayley was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the Louth woman in 2012. The sentence also stated that he cannot apply for parole for at least 35 years.

Since that decision, Bayley has been convicted of three further rapes adding 18 years onto his sentence and having his non-parole period extended to 43 years.

The serial rapist has been attempting to reduce this jail term and applied for legal aid to do so.

This request for legal aid was denied by authorities in Victoria and an independent review has now backed up the decision not to grant him legal aid.

Bayley is now going to court to try and have this decision overturned according to ABC News.

His legal team is arguing to the Victorian Supreme Court that the decision breached his human rights.

The premier of the Australian state of Victoria has been vocal in his support of the decision to refuse Bayley legal aid.

“I think Legal Aid has made exactly the right call, exactly the right call,” he told ABC News.

“I support them in defending the judgement that they’ve made to deny Adrian Bayley any public resources at all.”

Read: Man who raped and killed Jill Meagher convicted of three more rapes >

Read: Church sorry priest said Jill Meagher would be alive if she’d had more faith >

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