Jill Meagher's killer to stay in jail until at least 76

 ADRIAN Bayley will be kept in jail until he is at least 76 after he was sentenced to life for the murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher.

The 41-year-old originally denied killing the 29-year-old ABC employee but changed his plea in the Victorian Supreme Court in April.

He also confessed to one count of rape.

Bayley was given life for murder and 15 years for rape with a non-parole period of 15 years set.

Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Nettle said Bayley's offending was particularly heinous and made even worse because he had tried to conceal Ms Meagher's body and raped and murdered Ms Meagher while on parole.

In sentencing today, the judge acknowledged Bayley had shown a small amount of remorse by pleading guilty.

Speaking after the sentencing Ms Meagher's family said "justice has now been done".

Jill's father George McKeon made a brief statement outside the Victorian Supreme Court in Melbourne.

"Jill was brutally raped and murdered and is never coming back," said Mr McKeon, who was flanked by Jill's family and friends including her husband Tom.

"Because of Ben Leonard and the team at Victoria Police and Richard Lewis and his colleagues at Public Prosecutions Victoria, justice has now been done.

"Police and prosecutors, we thank you."

In September last year, Bayley dragged Ms Meagher to a Brunswick alley way where he raped and strangled her.

He returned with a shovel, drove her body to a back road and buried her in a shallow grave.

The Herald Sun reported that in the months leading up to the murder, Bayley's family had warned authorities he was a danger to women.

The ABC reported today he had spent 11 years in jail of the past 20 years for a series of violent crimes.

His life in jail started when he was 18 years old.

In sentencing on Thursday, the judge said there was little chance of Bayley being rehabilitated.

Following his arrest, he reportedly wept to police and said "they should have the death penalty for people like me anyway".

A pathology report tendered in court said Ms Meagher was found clothed and lying on her side.

Her neck showed signs of haemorrhaging.

Bayley told police that he had not intended to hurt Ms Meagher but she "flipped me off and that made me angry".



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