Notorious rapist and killer Adrian Bayley wins appeal

The man who raped and killed Melbourne woman Jill Meagher has won an appeal to have his sentence reduced, in
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The man who raped and killed Melbourne woman Jill Meagher has won an appeal to have his sentence reduced, in a move that has sparked outrage around the country.

Adrian Bayley was found guilty of attacking and killing Jill in an alley in 2012 as she was walking home late at night.

He was sentenced to life in prison for his horrific crime, but the story wasn’t over there.

While he was in jail, he was convicted of three other rapes and given an extra 18 years in jail. Now, one he has won an appeal against one of those convictions, with the judge reducing his sentence from 43 to 40 years in jail.

While the reduction is small, it raises a lot of questions.

The story of Jill Meagher captured the attention of the nation and shone a light on our parole system, with many arguing it had failed to protect Jill and other women as Bayley was out on parole when he attacked and murdered her.

Bayley had already been convicted of numerous attacks on women when he killed Jill, but was somehow allowed out on the streets on parole.

The case sparked protests across the country, with many people saying the court system was not harsh enough on rapists – especially those who were proven to be repeat offenders.

Earlier this year, a coroner found that Jill’s death could have been prevented if the parole system had of been tougher and done more to keep Bayley behind bars.

Now, despite the fact that numerous judges have noted Bayley has shown absolutely no remorse for his crimes, his sentence has been reduced.

The ruling begs the question: when will we learn?

While Bayley will still likely serve out the rest of his days behind bars, should we really be reducing the sentences of serial rapists?

The judge ruled his sentence should be reduced over a technicality where one of his victims identified him from a photograph on Facebook. The court found the evidence was not strong enough to uphold his previous sentence for that crime.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

  1. Garry Bates  

    We have a judicial system to look at all the facts and make decisions based on that evidence. It is not a perfect system but it is better than the others.

    • Kelvin Hyde  

      Garry Btes, you sound like one of these pain in the butt do gooders, we dont need your type in todays society.

    • Neel Sinha  

      What a cold legal explanation. I support Roslyn’s reply to your statement, Sir.

    • Joe  

      Please define “others”… I am curious who you compare us with….

      • Bob Frood  

        The sentences in the USA are more severe generally, however, there seems to be a large number of ” Not Guilty People” released there after serving long sentences.Unfortunately, this lessens the feeling of justice served with these more severe sentences. I ask, can we humans get more accurate, precise, efficient in our system of justice. It appears not.

    • We need the Death Penalty back…..the taxpayer’s money is used to clothe and feed these murderers for decades, think of all the money spent on him and others could fix our hospitals, roads etc……..weak judges and our justice system need reforming……..jails should not be a hotel/motel……no computers, phones, money to buy drugs and cigarettes…….IT IS A JAIL.

    • Bob  

      Do you really think that or are you being conservative ? What about all the Muslim child molesters being released without conviction because of cultural differences ? I believe if they want to live in our country then they must be held accountable for any offence committed. This has been going on for years, even back in the 1970’s when a drink driver killed 3 girls in a head-on smash and only got 18 months probation because his father was a prominent community figure. A pedophile rapes a child and only receives 2 years in prison while someone who rapes a woman will get 6 – 8 years yet the trauma for the child must be much more emotionally and physically damaging. But these are white pedophiles, not Muslims. Let’s get the justice system back on track and make the sentence fit the crime.

  2. I think we are far too soft. I am not in favour of the death penalty. I do think if you kill someone with malice aforethought you should remain in gaol for life. With his record, he should not have the right of appeal. Hugh Lyons.

  3. Shirley Ploeg  

    This is outrageous that’s why these people are not afraid of the LAW shun it and no respect for it That’s why so much of its happening the punishment is not fitting the crime and getting off on a technicality is a farce Iv’e experienced it personally and its not justice.

  4. vic roby  

    Deport him to one of the United States state that has the death penalty

  5. anne  

    This is just wrong on so many levels. How many people does this guy have to harm before we throw away the key on him. Giving him this slight leeway will make him appeal time and time again, wasting more and more of out tax dollars. This vile creature should not be given the right to appeal. . When will we learn??????

  6. Roslyn  

    Gary Bates you obviously work for the judicial system. I’m sure if he had raped and murdered one of your loved ones, you would be singing a different story.

    • Shayne  

      Don’t attack poor Gerry. He was just stating a fact. It is what it is. Anyway if he lives, and who knows what may happen in goal. Remember he is in with all the other dregs of the earth, and if they ever let him out he will be 83. But that’s the thing they don’t have to ever let him out. So 40 or 43 yrs what’s the diff. It’s a bloody long time.

      • Jeannie  

        I can appreciate what you are saying Roslyn… but, even though I personally feel that giving this monster a reduced sentence is unacceptable; so too is, attacking fellow posters (however veiled). We are blessed to live in a democracy, where everyone is entitled to express their opinions; even if they are diametrically opposed to our own.

  7. Julieanne  

    A rapist-murderer should have NO appeal process available.
    A rape is a rape. Why lessen sentencing time?

    In this horrific case, what ‘appeal’ did HE give Jill Meagher when he as raping her, then killing her? NONE!

    When is our legal system going to make a life sentence mean to criminals’ dying day in gaol?
    Why do rapists’, rapist-murderers’, & paedophiles get parole? There should be NO parole whatsoever for these crimes.
    Stop this focus on the criminal, & focus on the VICTIM, & their families’ instead.

    We need capital punishment for these crimes. There’s GOT to be a deterrent.

    The gaol sentences’ are STILL not reflecting the crimes, or what the community wants.

    • Debra  

      I agree with all you have written julieanne. It sickens me that the judges/magistrates seem to be favouring the offenders instead of the victims, something has to be done to ensure criminals do not have access to appeal or probation.

      • christine  

        Here !Here ! Life is life…. never a chance for appeals .life sentence should equal the death penalty . Why keep them in jail for life …ridiculous! !!

  8. Dawn Moore  

    Who ever this judge was who took time off his sentence, I bet she wouldn’t want him or the likes of him living next door to her, or being on the loose in her neighbourhood, near her children, relatives and friends. Perhaps she should think that is what we all think and for safety he and others just like him should NEVER BE RELEASED. If he was an animal who had done what he did it would have been shot…end of story.

  9. Dawn Moore  

    Who ever this judge was who took time off his sentence, I bet she wouldn’t want him or the likes of him living next door to her, or being on the loose in her neighbourhood, near her children, relatives and friends. Perhaps she should think that is what we all think and for safety he and others just like him should NEVER BE RELEASED. If he was an animal who had done what he did it would have been shot…end of story.

    • helen benzie  

      I agree, he shouldnt have rights . what about rights of his victims and their families !

  10. He needs to rot in jail – it was not his first offence. How our judicial system allows this to happen I do not know.

  11. He needs to rot in jail – it was not his first offence. How our judicial system allows this to happen I do not know.

  12. No way!! He took a life plus other horrific crimes against women, he doesn’t deserve the right to appeal any sentence. His victims and their families will suffer forever, our system is far to soft. Should never be released.

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