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Jill Meagher Killing: Accused Pleads Not Guilty
The man accused of murdering Irishwoman Jill Meagher in Australia calmly discussed the case while watching TV reports about it with his girlfriend - and suggested the victim's husband did it, a court has heard.
Adrian Bayley's partner said he also warned her against walking alone at night.
They lived close to the scene of the murder which happened last September.
Bayley, a father-of-four, has been committed to stand trial charged with murdering the 29-year-old who lived in Melbourne with her husband Tom and worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The 41-year-old is accused of dragging her into a lane in the Brunswick area of the city before raping her three times and strangling her.
Bayley has admitted one charge of raping Ms Meagher but denies murder.
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard a statement from Bayley's girlfriend which she had given to police.
In it she said Bayley had told her he did not want her walking alone at night.
"I said, 'Oh my God. Hope Street is just around the corner from here. It's so dangerous at night, you know,"' she said.
"I said, 'Oh she's pretty' and 'You know, she's you know, works for ABC'.
"He goes, 'Yeah that's why I'm saying that this place is not safe ... don't walk alone at night, go to the gym or anything like that. No, don't walk to the gym ... take the car ...' he goes, 'because you have to be safe and all that'."
The girlfriend said she and Bayley had discussions about the case after reports emerged that Ms Meagher's handbag could have been planted in the lane.
She said: "He goes, 'Maybe it's the husband'."
CCTV footage showing the last moments of Ms Meagher's life was also shown to the court as she was allegedly pursued by the accused.
The black and white video showed Ms Meagher walking home after a night drinking with friends. Then a man is seen in a hooded top running up behind her and then slowing down.
Also released for the first time were police photographs showing Miss Meagher's discarded handbag in the lane where she died, including her ABC security pass.
The court also saw pictures of the shovel which was allegedly used to dig a shallow grave for her body on the outskirts of the city, and her smashed mobile phone sim card which Bayley's girlfriend allegedly found in his clothes.
Other CCTV footage showed Bayley in a petrol station. He had run out of fuel and was given a lift to the service station by a passerby. The video was filmed in the hours after Ms Meagher died.
Bayley's girlfriend said she was approached by police at work on September 27 and shown CCTV footage of a man walking along Sydney Road. She identified that man as her boyfriend.
The woman told police Bayley had received a bruise to the bridge of his nose on the night of Ms Meagher's disappearance. He told her he had got into a fight with some men in the city.
Bayley is expected to stand trial later in the year.
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