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Jill Meagher Murder: Melbourne March In Memory
Thousands of people have marched in Melbourne in memory of Jill Meagher, who was raped and murdered in the city a year ago.
The marchers were joined by state leaders as they walked through the streets of Brunswick where the 29-year-old Irish woman was last seen in September 2012.
Serial sex offender Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, pleaded guilty to raping and killing her and was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.
Mrs Meagher was attacked as she was walked back to her flat after having drinks with colleagues from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Mrs Meagher, originally from Drogheda, County Louth, rejected a colleague's offer to escort her home.
Bayley accosted her on a street and dragged her into a lane only a few hundred metres (yards) from her home.
Artist Philip Werner put a post on Facebook last year that sparked a 30,000-strong march to honour Mrs Meagher and other victims of violent crime.
Mr Werner said he was not surprised thousands of people turned up again this year.
"I've called it a peace march and I believe people are here because they want to express the opposite sentiment to the things that led to the murder," he said.
"My feeling is that what killed Jill and others was anger and hate and violence and though we may feel angry, let us turn that anger into a peaceful defiance against violence."
Another marcher, Roberta Mascitti, said she joined the march to honour Mrs Meagher.
"I think during these kind of marches are really important even though it's a year on," she said.
"It's important for Jill Meagher and for her family as well as her husband to know that there are people here that, even though we didn't know her, that we remember her and that we respect what's she's gone through and try to just remember that memory."
The crime shocked Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city.
The public was further outraged after it was revealed in court that Bayley was free on parole when he killed Mrs Meagher.
He had previously been convicted of raping five other women.
Last week, Bayley failed in his attempted to get his sentence reduced.
Ms Meagher's husband, Tom, expressed anger at legal aid for funding Bayley's bid, calling it a waste of money.
Tom and Jill Meagher moved to Melbourne from Ireland three years before her murder.