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Suspect changes plea and admits murder and rape of Jill Meagher

Adrian Bayley reverses his earlier ‘not guilty’ plea and admits murdering the Drogheda woman in Melbourne last September.

THE MAN accused of killing Drogheda woman Jill Meagher in Australia last year has changed his plea and admitted to killing the 29-year-old.

Adrian Bayley, 41, entered a revised plea at Victoria Supreme Court this morning – only three weeks after originally insisting he had not murdered the Co Louth woman.

He also pleaded guilty to a rape charge he had previously denied.

Bayley was remanded in custody until a plea hearing on June 11.

The plea means Bayley will no longer need to stand trial for Meagher’s murder. A trial had been arranged for September.

Meagher was last seen alive on a walk home after a night out with work colleagues. Her body was found in a shallow grave about 50 kilometres away six days later.

Previously: Jill Meagher accused to face trial on 30 September

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