Bayley in court in connection with rape and murder of Jill Meagher

The man accused of raping and murdering Irish woman Jill Meagher, in Australia last September, has appeared in court in Melbourne.

Forty one year old Adrian Ernest Bayley pleaded not guilty to the single count of murder and two of the three counts of rape he's facing.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of rape.

Jill's husband Tom who was in court today was very distressed and stormed out of the courtroom after Mr Bayley announced his pleas.

Mr Bayley will appear in the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on March 25.

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