Jill Meagher was her killer’s 22nd rape victim

It has emerged that Adrian Ernest-Bayley was on parole for other rapes when he raped and murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher in Australia.

A plea hearing this morning has heard Bayley has twice been jailed for rape and was still on parole when he raped and killed the journalist in Melbourne on September 22nd last year.

Bayley has pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Jill Meagher and will be sentenced next Wednesday.

Lisa Macsimovicis a reporter with ABC TV News in Melbourne where Jill worked.

She was in court today where it emerged that the 29-year-old Drogheda native was Bayley's 22nd rape.

"He served a total of 11 years jail in Victoria on several counts of rape, of threats to kill and of attempted rape" she said.

"In fact, the rape of Jill Meagher was his 22nd rape in total".

"He was on parole...having been released from prison after serving 8 years of an 11 year prison term - and he was on parole at the time of raping Jill Meagher" she added.