Bayley appeals his 43-year jail sentence

Violent serial rapist Adrian Bayley is appealing convictions for two rapes he committed before he murdered Jill Meagher, hoping for release before he likely dies behind bars.


Bayley’s defence team on Thursday lodged three appeals with the Victorian Court of Appeal over two convictions and a recent ruling which increased his non-parole period to 43 years.

That meant Bayley would not be released from prison until he is at least 86 years old, and would probably die in jail.

It’s unclear on what grounds Bayley is appealing – his lawyer, Saul Holt SC, could not be reached for comment – or whether the applications will be accepted by the court.

But the 35-year non-parole period Bayley received after raping and murdering Brunswick woman Jill Meagher was extended to a minimum of 43 years in May, after he was sentenced for the violent rapes of three more women.

In 2014 and earlier this year he was found guilty of raping an 18-year-old woman in St Kilda in 2000, and a 25-year-old woman and a Dutch backpacker in 2012, months before he strangled Ms Meagher in 2013.

Those verdicts meant Bayley has been convicted of raping 10 women.

His minimum sentence is the longest imposed in Victoria in at least the past decade.

Bayley’s appeals were lodged without help from Legal Aid, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying Bayley will not receive any taxpayer-funded advice because of changes to the service’s guidelines.

“I think every Victorian can be confident that none of their money will be spent on this person’s appeal,” he told reporters on Thursday.