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Adrian Bayley loses appeal over 35-year sentence for Jill Meagher murder

Bayley, 41, had a string of previous convictions for sexual and violent offences and was jailed for 35 years in June.

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THE MAN CONVICTED of the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher has lost his appeal against a minimum 35-year jail term in Melbourne, Australia.

Adrian Bayley raped and killed the Louth woman last September as she walked home from a night out with work friends in the Australian city.

Her body was found in a shallow grave six days after she went missing.

Bayley, 41, had a string of previous convictions for sexual and violent offences and was jailed for a minimum 35 years at Victorian Supreme Court in June.

At a hearing in Melbourne overnight lawyers for Bayley argued that a non-parole period of 28 to 32 years would be more appropriate and that 35 years was excessive.

But the Court of Appeal’s Chief Justice Marilyn Warren and Justices Marcia Neave and Paul Coghlan took less than 10 minutes to consider the case before dismissing it.

It will publish its reasons for doing so at a later date, according to The Age. The appeal came just days after the anniversary of Meagher’s death.

Read: Tributes paid to Jill Meagher one year on

Read: Mayor of town where Jill Meagher was murdered visits her family in Drogheda

Read: Jill Meagher’s rapist and killer jailed for at least 35 years

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