Jill Meagher killer's prison sentence cut by three years

Adrian Bayley wins appeal against separate 2000 rape conviction

Jill Meagher killer's prison sentence cut by three years

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The man who raped and killed Jill Meagher has had his prison term cut by three years after a separate conviction was overturned.

Adrian Bayley was prevented from seeking parole for at least 35 years when he was handed a life sentence for the 2012 murder of the Irish woman.

He was convicted of three other rapes following that decision, adding 18 years to his sentence and increasing his non-parole period to 43 years.

Bayley subsequently appealed two of those three convictions, one of which has now been quashed, ABC Melbourne reports.

The Victorian Court of Appeal overturned his conviction for the rape of a sex worker in 2000, reducing his non-parole sentence to 40 years.

His appeal against a second conviction for a 2012 rape was dismissed.

Jill Meagher, from Louth, disappeared in the early hours of September 22nd, 2012, as she walked home from a bar close to her Melbourne home.

The former ABC employee, who moved to Australia in 2009, was found in a shallow grave outside the city a week later. 

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