Adrian Bayley loses appeal against sentence over Jill Meagher murder (ABC) - ( 4U5TR4L14 )

Serial sex attacker and murderer Adrian Ernest Bayley has lost his bid to reduce his 35-year minimum sentence for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher.

The appeal came just days after the anniversary of the killing of the 29-year-old ABC staffer in a Melbourne laneway.

In June, 41-year-old Bayley was sentenced to life in prison for killing Ms Meagher and 15 years jail for her rape.

Justice Geoffrey Nettle had , finding his guilty pleas showed a “small degree of remorse”.

In sentencing, Judge Nettle stated Bayley strangled Ms Meagher “because she would otherwise have called the police” or because of “some form of perverted pleasure” he derived from killing her.

He labelled the murder as “one of the worse kinds conceivable”.

Bayley’s defence counsel has acknowledge his  on women.

His criminal history spans more than 20 years and includes 16 counts of rape.

He has spent more than a quarter of his life, 11 years in total, behind bars after he began offending at 18.

Bayley was on parole when he snatched Ms Meagher off Sydney Road in Brunswick as she tried to make a five-minute walk home after a night out with friends.

He later dumped her body at the side of the road at Gisborne South, about 50 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Premier Denis Napthine said the system failed Ms Meagher – a sentiment .

Last week, new laws were introduced to Parliament .

Other changes to legislation will ensure the automatic cancellation of parole for serious offenders who commit further crimes.

Dr Napthine says further changes in line with the will be introduced down the track.



 
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