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Jill Meagher: Australian mayor pays tribute to Irish murder victim

Image caption Jill Meagher was murdered in Australia last year

An Australian mayor has arrived in the Republic of Ireland to express his condolence to the family of an Irish woman who was murdered in Melbourne.

Jill Meagher, who was originally from Drogheda, County Louth, was raped and murdered in the city last September.

Her killing caused revulsion in the Australian city.

Oscar Yildiz, Mayor of Moreland City Council, is due to attend a special commemoration ceremony in Ms Meagher's home town later this week.

He said the murder was "still affecting people now, as we speak" in Melbourne.

Ms Meagher moved to Australia from Ireland in 2009 with her husband, Thomas.

'Horrified'

The 29-year-old worked for ABC radio in Melbourne but went missing during a night out with colleagues on 22 September.

Her body was discovered six days later, buried in a shallow grave by a dirt road about 30 miles north west of the city.

In the immediate aftermath of her death, thousands of people took part in a rally staged in her memory, in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

Image caption Oscar Yildiz said people in Melbourne were still in shock over the murder

In April this year, 41-year-old Adrian Ernest Bayley pleaded guilty to her murder.

During the case, the court heard Bayley had a history of violent sex attacks.

He had been on parole for previous rape convictions at the time of the killing and the case led to calls for a change in the parole system.

As he arrived in Ireland, Mr Yildiz told the state broadcaster RTÉ: "There are people back home who are still in shock and horror about what's happened.

"Only a month ago I went through the same laneway. I met with Tom (Meagher) before I came here. We're still horrified by what's happened."

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