'Nobody listened' Mum of killer and serial rapist Adrian Bayley says she warned authorities he was dangerous prior to Jill Meagher murder
The mother of killer and serial rapist Adrian Bayley has said she warned Australian authorities her son was dangerous prior to the murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher.
Jill (29), originally from Co Louth, was sexually assaulted and murdered by Bayley while she was walking home in Melbourne in September 2012.
Bayley’s mother Susan spoke out on radio station 3AW to highlight her disgust at new legislation, being debated in Victorian parliament on Tuesday, that could make it illegal for deceased rape victims to be named.
The laws would force grieving families to obtain expensive court orders if they wish to name themselves or the victim in public.
"Every time I hear these girls, particularly the girl who my son harmed, I don't want her voice stolen," Susan said in an interview on 3AW radio.
Susan said she had tried to warn authorities her son was dangerous multiple times before he attacked Ms Meagher.
"Let me tell you Neil, I went high and I told them I had concerns and nobody listened to me - nobody," she explained.
"His parole officer didn't listen to me, I went into the city to an office of the justice system, nobody listened to me."
Bayley pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Ms Meagher and he was sentenced to life behind bars in 2013.
His non-parole period was later extended in 2015 after he was convicted of three other sex crimes.
Susan said she was infuriated by the "stupid and absolutely ludicrous laws: against rape victims and "we need to hear their voices".
She explained it was 'wrong on so many levels' that Bayley's name would be able to be publicised while 'poor innocent girls' would lose that right.
"We need to listen to their voices, just because they're not with us anymore doesn't mean they're less important and their voices shouldn't be heard," Susan said.
She explained it was important for victims and their families to speak out "to prevent something else happening if voices are heard."
Bayley's mum said she was still in contact with her son and also wanted to reach out to Ms Meagher's mother but didn't 'know how'.
Susan said "I still have my days" about her son's actions but she "had a lot of counselling" to come to terms with his crimes."
Jill’s case was initially treated as a missing person after she failed to return home after a night out with workmates in Brunswick in 2012.
Her body was discovered by Victorian police six days later.
Adrian Ernest Bayley pleaded guilty to raping and murdering her and he was sentenced to life behind bars.
His non-parole period was later extended after he was convicted of three other sex crimes.
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