Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

A candle burns during a Memorial Mass for murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher (seen in framed photo) at St Peter's Church, Drogheda, Co Louth (file photo). Julien Behal/WPA-Rota/Press Association Images
Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher accused denies murder, pleads guilty to rape

Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, also pleaded not guilty to two separate rape charges.

THE MAN ACCUSED of the murder and rape of Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne, Australia, last October has pleaded not guilty to her murder.

Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, was in court at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today when he entered his plea.

The Herald Sun is reporting that he also pleaded not guilty to two of the other three rape charges that he is facing.

He did, however, plead guilty to one charge of rape. The husband of the murdered woman, Tom Meagher, is believed to have stormed out of the courtroom following Bayley’s not guilty plea.

Bayley is next set to appear in the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on 25 March.

Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are active.

Read: Jill Meagher accused faces two other assault charges >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.