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Man charged with Jill Meagher murder taken to hospital

Australian reports say Adrian Bayley was taken to a secure hospital suffering from self-inflicted wounds.

Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

THE AUSTRALIAN MAN charged with the murder of Co Louth woman Jill Meagher has been taken to hospital, reportedly for the treatment of self-inflicted wounds.

Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, was brought to St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne this morning.

Yahoo News said Bayley had made an attempt to take his own life in the Melbourne Assessment Prison.

The Herald Sun said it understood Bayley would undergo surgery later this evening.

The Australian Department of Justice confirmed an inmate had been removed to hospital suffering from self-inflicted injuries, but it would not reveal the prisoner’s name or discuss their current state.

Australian media have been banned from publishing background information about Bayley, after a court in Melbourne approved a request from prosecutors who feared the publication of some of his details could compromise his eventual trial.

The court refused a similar request to block publication of his photograph, though many Australia outlets have nonetheless declined to run photographs of Bayley, blurring his face in any pictures which might be published or broadcast.

He is due to appear in court again for a committal hearing in January.

Meagher, who disappeared while walking home in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick last month, would have turned 30 yesterday.

Comments on this article have been disabled as court proceedings have begun.

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