UPDATE 6pm: The man accused of raping and murdering former Perth woman Jill Meagher has pleaded guilty to one count of rape but not guilty to two other rape charges and of murdering the ABC employee in Melbourne.Adrian Ernest Bayley entered the pleas at the end of the first day of a two-day committal hearing in Melbourne.
The court was told today that Ms Meagher was dragged into a laneway, repeatedly raped and then strangled before her accused killer left her body and returned home for a shovel to bury her.
In Melbourne Magistrate's Court this morning, prosecutor Gavin Silbert said the accused accosted Ms Meagher on Sydney Road at 1.38am on September 22 last year, dragging her into a laneway off Hope Street.
She had left the Bar Etiquette at 1.30am.
Mr Silbert said after raping and killing her, Mr Bayley left Ms Meagher's body in the laneway and went home to collect a shovel, and returned to the crime scene in a white Holden Astra a few hours later at 4.22am.
He said the accused then put Ms Meagher's body in the car boot and drove to a site 50km from Melbourne, where he buried her on the side of the road.
Mr Silbert said detectives interviewed the accused over an almost 24-hour period on September 27 and 28, with Mr Bayley making admissions to raping and strangling Ms Meagher and directing police to the burial site.
In the packed courtroom, Mr Bayley, dressed in black with darker hair, has been either looking down or staring blankly straight ahead in the dock, which is behind a glass wall.
A witness, who lived near the Hope Street laneway, told the court today she was in bed reading on her iPad when she heard a woman's voice saying "get out of there" repeatedly at about 1.20am on September 22 before hearing footsteps.
She said when she looked at her window she did not see anything and did not hear a man's voice.
The witness said she and her husband joked it sounded like the woman was having sex outside and the person sounded drunk. She said she did not call the police and found out about the missing woman a few days later after police had blocked off the area.
Pathologist Dr Matthew Lynch, who assisted in the unearthing and removal of Ms Meagher's body from her makeshift grave and performed the autopsy, said he saw evidence of neck compression.
He said Ms Meagher's larynx had been fractured and she had deep bruising in her neck muscles, suggesting the compression had been forceful and for a more prolonged period of time.
He said he could not be sure if the neck injury was caused by hands or a ligature.
When asked by Mr Bayley's defence lawyer Helen Spowart, if the fractured larynx could have compromised Ms Meagher's airway and led to her death after compression stopped at a time Ms Meagher was alive but unconscious, Dr Lynch said that scenario was possible.
Dr Lynch said he could not be certain of Ms Meagher's time of death, despite Ms Spowart telling him police suggested her death occurred in the Brunswick alley and she was buried at around 5.30am to 6am.
According to a transcript of the interview tendered to the court, Bayley began to cry as he told police he could not believe what he had done.
He said he spoke to Ms Meagher on the street and offered to help her but became angry after she "flipped me off".
He was trying to do the right thing because Ms Meagher looked distraught, like she was lost, he said.
They continued walking and Ms Meagher called her brother, he said.
"She was actually telling me about her father," Mr Bayley told police.
"I was trying to be nice and, and she kept going from being nice to nasty, to nice."
Mr Bayley said he didn't want to make excuses for what he did. He said he didn't want to go into detail about what he had done.
"I strangled her," he told police, crying.
"What have I done? What have I done man.
"You know it wasn't really my intention to hurt her.
"When we conversed, I swear to you man ... I spoke to her and she looked distraught.
"I can't imagine how, how she felt ... it's not nice.
"I hope I never get out, because you know why I hope that, because then no one else ever has to be hurt.
"I hope they bring back the death penalty before I get sentenced."
Mr Bayley told police he would help them because his life was already over.
"It's just about doing the right thing," he said.
"It's not fair for this to have happened, and it's not fair on her family and it's not fair on them not knowing.
"For her family this week it must have been hell."
Mr Bayley said he smashed Ms Meagher's phone and threw bits of it, along with her shoes and possessions, along a freeway.
He said he didn't remember exactly where he had buried her, because he just drove, not knowing what to do.
"I cried, man, and I dug a hole," he said.
"I didn't cry for me, just like I'm not crying for me now.
"I'm crying for everyone that this has affected, not me."
Ms Meagher's Perth-based family is in court for the committal hearing.
The 29-year-old ABC worker's parents Edith and George McKeon and her brother Michael McKeon joined her husband Tom Meagher at Melbourne Magistrate's Court. The hearing will hear from five witnesses to determine if the accused man will stand trial.
Her family arrived in an unmarked police car and was ushered into the court building.
Mr Meagher did not remain in the courtroom to hear the evidence, but the McKeons remained court in the front row to hear the details, which the magistrate foreshadowed would be "extremely distressing and sensitive".Ms Meagher vanished during the five-minute walk home from Bar Etiquette in Brunswick, after a night out drinking with friends. The former Perth woman's body was found in a shallow grave about 50km north-west of Melbourne six days later.
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