Jill Meagher
Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher's killer stabbed in jail

NOTORIOUS killer and rapist Adrian Bayley has been stabbed in jail.

Bayley was wounded inside Barwon Prison, west of Melbourne, on Thursday.

He suffered minor injuries.

He is in jail for the murder of Jill Meagher at Brunswick in 2012, and a series of rapes.

The loathed prisoner has been held outside the mainstream jail units because of fears he would be a target for other prisoners.

Police have been called to investigate the attack.

A Corrections Victoria spokeswoman said: "A prisoner received minor injuries following an incident at Barwon Prison on Thursday afternoon."

"The prisoner was assessed and treated at the prison, but did not require hospitalisation or any ongoing treatment."

Adrian Bayley is in jail for the murder of Jill Meagher and a series of rapes.
Adrian Bayley is in jail for the murder of Jill Meagher and a series of rapes.

Bayley's earliest release date is 2055.

One of Victoria's worst sex offenders, Bayley raped up to two dozen women before he murdered Ms Meagher.

A series of bungles by the justice system allowed him to keep offending.

Bayley was convicted of sex attacks on five women and three under-age girls during two separate sprees in 1990 and 2000, but was not retrospectively listed on Victoria's Sex Offenders Register when it was set up in 2004.

Bayley's DNA was taken in 2001 after he was arrested for raping sex workers, but it was not added to the Victorian or national DNA databases because it was lost.

He was suspected of carrying out at least 16 attacks in six months during that time, stalking his prey and often taking them to laneways before trapping them in his car.

He enjoyed threatening and degrading the women during his ultra-violent rapes, and told one woman: "See, look who's got the power. See, I can do whatever I want.''

Police sources told the Herald Sun in 2015 that the serial rapist was thought to have been responsible for at least 10 other attacks in which the women involved refused to make official statements.

Bayley was found guilty of three other rapes after facing three separate County Court trials following Ms Meagher's murder.

Two of the rapes occurred in the months before he followed, raped and killed Ms Meagher, while he was on appeal bail and parole.

In each of the attacks, Bayley allegedly picked the women off the street and took them to secluded laneways, brutally raping and taunting them.

The Court of Appeal later overturned one of his rape convictions, relating to an attack on an 18-year-old woman who claimed he trapped and brutalised her in 2000.


Name: Adrian Ernest Bayley, aka Adrian Ernest Matthew Edwards

Born: July 14, 1971


April 21, 1990: Married pregnant partner.

June 8, 1990: Held teenage girl hostage in his home and raped her.

June 10, 1990: Arrested and charged with rape. Bailed.

August 30, 1990: Attacked a girl, 17, walking home from a bus stop.

September 11, 1990: Victim identified him to police. Arrested, charged with attempted rape and again released on bail.

October, 1990: Daughter born.

December 12, 1990: Picked up hitchhiker, 16, and attacked her.

December 17, 1990: Hitchhiking victim identified him.

June, 1991: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to five years with minimum of three.

April, 1993: Released from jail after serving 22 months.

1995: Split from wife and began a new relationship, fathering two more children.

July, 2000: Changed name by deed poll from Edwards to Bayley.

September 1, 2000: First of six rapes of women in St Kilda area. Each woman was driven to a laneway and violently raped in his car.

April 17, 2001: Arrested over five of the six rapes (one case would remain unsolved until after Jill Meagher's murder).

April 26, 2002: Sentenced to 11 years with a minimum of eight after pleading guilty to the St Kilda rapes.

2009: Completed sex offender treatment program in prison, prior to release on parole.

August 12, 2011: While on parole, coward punched man outside a Geelong cafe, breaking his jaw.

February 27, 2012: Pleaded guilty at Geelong Magistrates' Court to recklessly causing serious injury and jailed for three months. Appealed sentence and released on bail. Parole was continued.

April 5, 2012: Raped another victim in St Kilda.

July 15, 2012: Raped a Dutch backpacker after offering her a lift home in Balaclava.

September 22, 2012: Attacked Jill Meagher as she walked home in Brunswick.

September 27, 2012: Arrested over Jill Meagher's murder.

February 1, 2013: Bayley charged with three new counts of rape.

April 3, 2013: Formally pleaded guilty to Jill Meagher's murder.

June 19, 2013: Supreme Court sentenced Bayley to life with 35 year minimum.

March 2014: Suppression orders imposed to keep the rape trials secret until verdict.

March 26 2015: Final of three secret rape trials concluded with guilty verdicts.

News Corp Australia

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