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Jill Meagher: Husband Retraces Final Steps
The husband of murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher has retraced her final steps as Australian police plea for social media users not to disrupt legal proceedings.
Tom Meagher walked with family and friends down Sydney Road in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, the same street where his wife was last seen.
Jill Meagher, 29, had been drinking with friends and colleagues from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and disappeared as she walked the short distance home.
Mr Meagher paused at the bridal shop where Jill had been filmed on the store's CCTV camera talking to a man in a blue hooded top.
According to the Herald Sun newspaper he thanked Patricia Liapis, owner of Duchess Boutique, which became a makeshift memorial site at which mourners placed thousands of flowers.
On Monday the growing site was deemed too large by authorities and moved to another location with cards being passed on to family.
Melbourne man Adrian Bayley, 41, has been charged with Mrs Meagher's rape and murder.
Australian police are appealing for users of Facebook and Twitter to refrain from posting any comments which may disrupt legal proceedings.
The search for Mrs Meagher sparked a huge social media campaign, with more than 122,000 people "liking" a Facebook page dedicated to the case.
Now her husband and the police have urged the public to refrain from commenting on Bayley warning that any remarks made on social media sites have the potential to prejudice his trial.
Chief Victoria state police commissioner Ken Lay said Facebook had been approached about taking down one page in particular which contained offensive material about Bayley.
He told commercial radio: "Now, they've refused to do that. We've all got a social responsibility.
"Facebook is part of our community and I would have thought that it would have only been reasonable.
"We've got to remember that no matter how horrible this crime is, this gentleman has got to be afforded a fair trial.
"It's not for Facebook pages or anyone else to be taking justice into their own hands."
Facebook later said it took its commitment to "rights and responsibilities very seriously and react(s) quickly to remove reported content that violates (its) policies".
It said in a statement: "(We may) restrict access to content in a country where we are advised that it violates local law."
Some 30,000 people turned out for a peaceful anti-violence march on Sunday through Melbourne.
A private funeral will be held on Friday.
On the same day there will also be a mass to celebrate her life in her hometown of Drogheda, County Louth, about 30 miles north of Dublin.