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As an Australian, this murder is a shocking indictment on our legal system. The man that killed this woman was a repeat sexual predator who had been in and out of jail for rape and was on parole at the time of this murder. I am sick and tired of our pathetically lenient legal system making apologies for people who break the law. I am tired of hearing about the rights of criminal offenders. Your primary RESPONSIBILITY as a citizen of the country is to abide by the laws - and once you choose to ignore that, as far as I am concerned, you forfeit your rights. Our punishments are too soft. I spent several years working with a group of young offenders who regularly have contact with the law and have been in and out of juvenile detention. They think the laws are hilarious.

I'm tired of rape, bashings, assults on the elderly, one punch deaths, murder, etc etc. It's time for Australians to put an end to this. Time to protect law abiding citizens from those who don't care. And make no apologies for doing so.

RIP Jill Meagher.

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Tamarama / Well said and totally agree. It is the same in America. Criminals there are under so much protection from laws that after committing horrible crimes hide under that legal umbrella system. They all claim their rights to this and that, and what about the person who's life they took? What about their rights? Always claiming the insanity card or claiming a medical certainty just to let them off the hook. This really sickens me.

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So sad .. I worked in that area once upon a time, and always felt safe in Melbourne. Random violence can happen anywhere.

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Just another example of Human ignorence.. We humans have put ourselves at the top of the Pile..but in reality we are at the bottom.. no other living thing would allow such a barbaric act to happen... this is another example of humans on a slippery slope to oblivion... so sad..

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Directly implicated in her murder is thirty years of we-know-better-than-you mismanagement and worse, sheer hands-off neglect about the kind of Australia which has been ushered into being. Watch last week`s Four Corners program to disabuse yourself of any illusion about the way things are headed.

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Is there a possibility he will remain in prison for the rest of his life? The man is a menace to society and probably will rape and kill again if given the chance. So why is Aussie law so weak on criminals?

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Tamarama asa an Australian, this murder is a shocking indictment on our legal system. The man that killed this woman was a repeat sexual predator who had been in and out of jail for rape and was on parole at the time of this murder

While l agree that the judicial system in Australia is a joke, l would love to know where exactly you get your details from that allow you to make you claim that this guy is a repeat sex offender, and was of bail at the time. This has not been mentioned at all I the Australian media, and even a search on google brings nothing to support your claim. Can you give a reference to support your claim.

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yeah right

While l agree that the judicial system in Australia is a joke, l would love to know where exactly you get your details from that allow you to make you claim that this guy is a repeat sex offender, and was of bail at the time. This has not been mentioned at all I the Australian media, and even a search on google brings nothing to support your claim. Can you give a reference to support your claim.

I read your comment and I thought 'Jeez, he hasn't looked very hard. This won't take long', and lo and behold, in trying to find a couple of references for you I discovered a curious thing. You are right. There are now NO references to his criminal past at all in any of the articles on Jill Meagher, and I can only assume that they have been ordered to retract the information because it will affect his trial. The information I quoted was printed in a fairly long series of articles on the guy in the West Australian about Tuesday or Wednesday last week - but they have now been removed from the website altogether. So, you'll just have to take my word for it, I'm afraid. Evidently, he was well known to police - once the CCTV footage was released, they knew who to look for and where to find him.

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Tamarama,

Thanks for the update. I have seen quite a lot on this story in the media, print and tv here in Vic and there has been no mention whatsoever of this so l was just wondering where you got your info. So thanks for clarifying. Maybe your right and it's to do with his case and isn't reported here bit unusual though.

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yeah right

That's really interesting, actually. I was wondering why people weren't making a bigger fuss about his criminal past in Melbourne. For memory, the report said he first raped his sister's friend at about 17,possibly had a couple of other offenses, then was sentenced to about 7/8 years for a series of violent assults and rapes on prostitutes in Melbourne, was released, and most recently spent time in jail for assult on another guy in Melbourne - he had been on parole for a matter of weeks from that conviction when he killed Jill Meagher.

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