Jill Meagher was abducted and killed in September.

Jill Meagher.

THE man accused of murdering and raping ABC staffer Jill Meagher will face court on Friday. Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court for a committal mention.

Ms Meagher, 29, an Irish national, disappeared while walking home from a bar in the early hours of September 22 last year. Her body was found in a shallow grave at Gisborne South five days later.

At a committal mention, an accused person can enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, but such hearings are often only brief procedures to decide a next court date.