Jill Meagher killer appeals length of sentence

Thursday 18 July 2013 23.55
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Jill Meagher was attacked when she was trying to make a short walk home after a night out with friends
Jill Meagher was attacked when she was trying to make a short walk home after a night out with friends
Adrian Ernest Bayley was ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years behind bars
Adrian Ernest Bayley was ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years behind bars

The man convicted of killing Irish woman Jill Meagher in Australia last September has lodged an appeal against his sentence.

Adrian Bayley lodged papers with the Supreme Court of Victoria against the length of his sentence for the rape and murder of Ms Meagher in Melbourne last September.

The 29-year-old Co Louth woman was snatched off Sydney Road in Brunswick when she was trying to make a five-minute walk home after a night out with friends.

Bayley received a life sentence and was ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years behind bars.

He lodged appeal papers 28 days after his sentence was handed down, which is the maximum period allowable under Victorian sentencing laws.

His application will be considered by a judge who will determine whether there are any grounds for appeal.

Only one ground needs to be established in order for the full application to be heard.

It would then be considered by either two or three judges sitting together.

No date has been set for the hearing and Ms Meagher's family has been notified of the appeal.