Meagher suspect on more rape counts
Jill Meagher was raped three times before she was murdered, a Melbourne court has heard.
Adrian Bayley, 41, who is accused of the rape and murder of Ms Meagher last September, has been charged with two additional counts of rape, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Defence lawyer Helen Spowart told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that when Mr Bayley first contested single charges of rape and murder in January, police added two further counts of rape.
Victim: Jill Meagher.
Mr Bayley's legal aid defence team requested a delay in his committal hearing, scheduled for next week, to scrutinise police forensic analysis on which the charges were based.
The magistrate refused the application to delay the hearing, saying she was satisfied the defence would have enough time. She said the two extra rape charges did not ''particularly add anything''.
Mr Bayley, who was charged on Monday with two separate rapes in Melbourne last year and is also facing charges involving another alleged rape in 2000, appeared appeared via videolink from prison.
Ms Meagher's husband, Tom, was also in court. He sat behind the prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, and had a pen and notebook with him.
Mr Bayley is accused of abducting Ms Meagher, 29, an ABC employee, while she walked home alone from a bar early on a Saturday morning.