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Man charged over murder of Irish woman in Australia

Published on Sep 28, 2012 2:05 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian homicide detectives Friday charged a 41-year-old man with the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher after her body was found in a bushland area north of Melbourne.

Meagher, 29, who worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), was last seen on Saturday when she left friends at an inner-city bar to walk the short distance home.

Police said Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, from the Melbourne suburb of Coburg, was charged with rape and murder after a woman's body was found early on Friday in Gisborne South, about 50km north-west of central Melbourne.

Detectives arrested Bayley at his home on Thursday, one day after police released closed-circuit TV footage which showed Meagher's last known moments - including her pausing to talk to a man wearing a blue hoodie.

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