Until today, the media couldn’t reveal the full extent of Adrian Bayley’s horrific crimes.
Why was this man on the streets of Melbourne?
Why was this man – a self-confessed dangerous predator – free to be walking around, at night, hunting for victims?
Why was this man able to commit the vile crime that has seen him locked away, finally, for life?
The simple answer is that the courts don’t consider rape a serious enough offence to deprive a man of his freedom.
Adrian Bayley – the man who raped and killed Jill Meagher in 2012 -has just been found guilty of raping three more women, two of whom were raped mere months before Jill’s death.
For the past eight months the media have not been able to report on these crimes, as Bayley’s name has been suppressed by court order to protect his identity during trial.
Read the latest here: Adrian Bayley has been found guilty of three more rapes.
At the time of these four most recent rapes (including the rape and murder of Jill Meagher) Bayley was out on parole having already been found guilty of multiple other rapes, in crimes which span more than two decades.
In total, Bayley has now been found guilty of more than 20 rapes, making him one of the most notorious serial rapists alive. And yet despite his long career of raping random women, he was returned to our streets not once, but twice, after serving staggeringly brief jail sentences for his continuing crimes against women.
His offending began (that authorities are aware of) when he was just 19 years old, when he raped two teenage girls: a 16-year-old family friend and a 16-year-old hitchhiker.
For these crimes he was ordered to serve a five year sentence, but was released after a mere 22 months, having faked his way through a sex offender program in order to secure early release.