Australian mayor to visit Jill Meagher's hometown

Monday 12 August 2013 22.33
Co Louth woman Jill Meagher was raped and murdered in Melbourne last year
Co Louth woman Jill Meagher was raped and murdered in Melbourne last year

The Mayor of Moreland in Melbourne, where Irishwoman Jill Meagher lived and was murdered, has arrived in Ireland to express his condolences to the people of her hometown, Drogheda.

Councillor Oscar Yildiz arrived in Dublin this afternoon and will meet members of the McKeon and Meagher families tomorrow.

During his three-day visit, he will officially convey the condolences of the people of Brunswick and Moreland to the people of Drogheda at a special ceremony.

There will also be some discussion of a possible memorial in Brunswick to remember Ms Meagher and the city's other victims of violent crimes.

More than 30,000 people took to the streets of Brunswick last September after the Co Louth woman was raped and murdered just off one of the main streets of the attractive Melbourne district, a short distance from her home.

The rape and murder of Ms Meagher led to a change in parole laws and forced the Governor of Victoria to order a root and branch review of how the Parole Board operates.

Ms Meagher's killer, Adrian Bayley, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 35 years.

However, he has appealed that sentence and is currently awaiting a court date for his appeal.