The Courier-Mail

Jill’s killer seeks cash to cut term

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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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