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Meagher accused to contest charges

January 18, 2013 • Local, News, Victoria,

A Melbourne man accused of the rape and murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher is to contest charges laid against him, a court has heard.

A Melbourne man accused of the rape and murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher will contest the charges laid against him.

Melbourne Magistrates Court heard today that Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, is to contest the allegations at a committal hearing to begin on March 12.

Bayley, who appeared via videolink, has been held on remand at Melbourne Assessment Prison, after being charged with the rape and murder of the 29-year-old Drogheda woman in September last year.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton extended a ban on damaging online material being posted online, adding that the order would now also apply to another name used by the accused: Adrian Ernest Edwards.

He did not apply for bail.

The Age reports that Bayley wore a tight-fitting dark grey shirt and sat behind a table during the 15-minute hearing with his hands clasped in front of him.

In October 2012, a Melbourne magistrate ordered the removal of damaging online material related to the Coburg man.

Victoria Legal Aid lawyers representing Bayley secured a suppression order regarding prejudicial material appearing online, in the wake of widespread commentary, speculation and incitement across social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Ms Meagher, an employee of ABC Local in Melbourne, had vanished after a night out with colleagues from the broadcaster on September 22.

She was last seen leaving Bar Etiquette on Sydney Road in Brunswick at around 1.30am on September 22.

After an extensive search, her body was found in a shallow grave almost a week later.

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