The Courier-Mail

Jill’s killer seeks cash to cut term


KILLER Adrian Bay­ley has launched stun­ning le­gal ac­tion in an at­tempt to force taxpayers to pay for his bid to get out of jail sooner.

The de­praved sex preda­tor is fight­ing a de­ci­sion by Vic­to­ria Le­gal Aid to refuse to fund an ap­peal aimed at re­duc­ing his non-pa­role pe­riod of 43 years.

His lawyers claim the de­ci­sion to refuse him fund­ing is in­com­pat­i­ble with the Char­ter of Hu­man Rights be­cause it de­nies “the right of any per­son con­victed of a crim­i­nal of­fence to have the con­vic­tion and any sen­tence im­posed in re­spect of it re­viewed by a higher court”.

The non-pa­role pe­riod, im­posed fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion over three hor­rific rapes he com­mit­ted be­fore rap­ing and mur­der­ing Jill Meagher, 29, in Mel­bourne, means he is not el­i­gi­ble for re­lease un­til 2058.

Bay­ley is ap­peal­ing against the sen­tence, ar­gu­ing it is man­i­festly ex­ces­sive.

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