Aussies shocked at murder

2012-09-30 11:57

Melbourne -Tens of thousands of people on Sunday marched through the Melbourne suburb where murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher was last seen alive, in a peaceful demonstration against violence.

The 29-year-old vanished in the early hours of 22 September as she walked home from a bar just a few blocks from her Brunswick home.

Her body was found in a shallow grave in a rural area about 50km from the city on Friday. Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, has been charged with Meagher's rape and murder.

It has been described as a random and opportunistic attack, and the case has gripped Australia.

Floral tributes have piled up outside the bridal boutique where surveillance cameras captured the last known images of Meagher, speaking to a man in a blue jumper police allege is Bayley.

Stunned Brunswick residents held a candlelit vigil on Friday and about 30 000 people from across Melbourne turned out Sunday for a march through the suburb in her memory.

Humbled by show of support

Police had to halt traffic for several blocks to let the crowd pass, and the event organiser Philip Werner said he was humbled by the huge turnout.

"I just wanted to get together with people in a show of solidarity and peaceful, quiet defiance to say we're not going to cower in fear, and we're not going to give up hope for society," said Werner, who carried a banner that read "Choosing peace, hope, non-violence and solidarity with all women".

Irish flags and scarves were dotted throughout the crowd and many people carried flowers, which they stopped to lay at makeshift shrines outside the bridal boutique or at a nearby church.

Local mayor John Kavanagh said it had been a spontaneous community response to the tragedy, which has left women in the area shaken and questioning their safety.

"I feel as though there is a black cloud hanging over our city, particularly the suburb of Brunswick," said Kavanagh.

"We'll be looking at ways in which to recognise the life of Jill over the next few days, but at the moment it's the community's role and right to celebrate her life in which ever manner they feel fit."

Meagher moved to Australia with her husband from Ireland three years ago.

  • an.saint.5 - 2012-09-30 12:42

    Sounds like a typical South African day. Minus the part about the protest of course. Pretty disgusting to think how desensitised we South Africans have become since I find the protest to be noble but odd!

  • geoff.tennant.18 - 2012-09-30 12:44

    This must be a mistake - there's no crahm whatsoever in Australia...

      an.saint.5 - 2012-09-30 13:04

      Yes exactly, that's why there's a public outrage. Unlike in South Africa where our youth leaders promotes it!

      rodney.overes - 2012-09-30 14:13

      If we had to do the SAME we would have 43 marches a DAY.

      iwance.wasdere - 2012-09-30 14:25

      One murder and 30000 people are outraged. In SA 40+ per day and nobody cares.

      Sasha D - 2012-10-01 11:09

      I admire the Australian people so much for coming together to highlight the unacceptability of crime. A crime doesn't only affect the victim it affects friends, family, the neighbourhood, the community at large, tourists (pretty much everyone). We South Africans should take a leaf out of our Aussie brothers and sisters' book and organise a mass protest here. A crime against one is a crime against all. No one left behind when it comes to crime. Can't we declare one day per year as international People Against Crime Day, a day to remember those lost to crime?

      Sasha D - 2012-10-01 11:19

      There is an international 'Day Against Hate Crimes' and 'International Anti-Corruption Day', but no general anti-crime day.

  • Cape - 2012-09-30 12:49

    The promised land....

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-09-30 12:58

      Its better than South Africa's crime, real freedom, jobs, education, medical services, police , military, economy, affordability, support systems, ect, ect...... I can carry on and on. Be realistic, the man has been caught, and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. No lost dockets or escaped prisoner senario or botched forensics. They will go after this person with everything at their disposal to ensure he is prosecuted!!

      rodney.overes - 2012-09-30 14:14

      If we had to do the SAME we would have 43 marches a DAY.

      iwance.wasdere - 2012-09-30 14:25

      One murder and 30000 people are outraged. In SA 40+ per day and nobody cares.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-09-30 12:52

    Boy o boy. Wonder what the Aussies will do if they had to live in the murder capital, the new South Africa?

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-10-01 04:13

      Would never happen.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-09-30 12:55

    The must be a mistake it can't be australia..murder?

      an.saint.5 - 2012-09-30 13:03

      Yes exactly, that's why there's a public outrage. Unlike in South Africa where our youth leaders promotes it!

      iwance.wasdere - 2012-09-30 14:25

      One murder and 30000 people are outraged. In SA 40+ per day and nobody cares.

  • riaan.conradie - 2012-09-30 13:12

    One person dies in Australia and there's a 30000 strong march in her memory. This will never happen in SA as we are desensitized. 50 Murders per day in SA.

      iwance.wasdere - 2012-09-30 14:27

      Two thumbs up! Here in Sweden a murder is treated as a national disaster, in SA there have to be at least 5 in one go to get any mention in the news.

  • grant.cloete.9 - 2012-09-30 13:40

    This, ladies and gents, is a civilized country. A civilized country has, among other things, two of the following characteristics: a) They are shocked and outraged when a single person dies, not 34 or 100, but ONE. There then remains a sense of unease over the entire city b) The judicial system goes into overdrive to bring the culprit to justice. Until we get this outraged over the death of one person; we have not reached civilization.

      geoff.tennant.18 - 2012-09-30 13:55

      So very civilised:

      Alice - 2012-09-30 14:29

      Yes, very civilised. Not very long ago Indians, Lebanesse, and few Irish we killed and attacked in Aussie.

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-09-30 13:49

    Amurder in Australia makes news their reporters would be overworked here in good old essay ....

  • David Rogers - 2012-09-30 14:00

    it's now 14h00 in SA! that is about 21 people murdered already judging by the last stats! what a Rainbow Nation it is!

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-01 08:47

      More like Rainbow chickens waiting to be slaughtered.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-30 14:14

    Australians march after ONE murder?. They must live in heaven.

      iwance.wasdere - 2012-09-30 14:30

      You cannot believe how wonderful it is to be able to walk down a street in the centre of a city without having to worry about your safety at all!

  • willem.kok.129 - 2012-09-30 14:14

    Make no mistake, Oz is NOT crime free, but the stats say about 0.7 persons are murdered here per day!! Yes, not even a whole 1!!! I live in Bendigo, 150km north of Melbourne and just shook my head in disbelief seeing the outcry over this one murder - for an ex-South African it is just so bizarre!

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-09-30 14:23

    We should march.

      emile.marais - 2012-09-30 18:52

      We'd be marching 24/7 then.

      jaba.kov - 2012-10-01 08:17

      We would if government marched with us - but our government doesn’t care about its tax payers... and we keep dying... and they keep winning elections... and sometimes as much as I detest Australia in Rugby & Cricket - I wish my kids were there... for I want them to stay safe.

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-09-30 14:34

    This type of situation is so normal in South Africa, that no one cares anymore.One has just to look at the latest statistics realeased by the police to realise that it is more dangerous to live in South Africa than in Iraq. One murder in Autralia is an outcry. 16 000 murders in a year (44 per day)in South is so natural...

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-09-30 14:48

    Australia this and that ! Oh please they have just as much crime most of it being underground that's why you don't hear of it!

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-30 19:03

      Wahahaha aha undergro

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-30 19:03

      Waahahahahahaha underground? Typical response from a sour black grape

  • rhulani.baloyi.545 - 2012-09-30 14:53

    oh my word not in australia... oh my, I'm sure Julius had something to do with it or maybe the anc... I'm so shocked... Australia is supposed to be the land where all the white ppl claim is heaven... but atleast the walked around town to show that they are ....shocked??!?

      jacowium - 2012-09-30 16:33

      Rhulani, let me guess: mathematics is not your strongest suit.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-30 19:02

      Hey you ignorant baloyi! One murder has that response so obviously murder doesn't happen alot, why don't you stick your anti white attitude up your backside and trot back over the mountains

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-09-30 19:04

      ...boggom!! boggom!!!

      rhulani.baloyi.545 - 2012-10-01 00:03

      people here need therapy on a serious note... by the way I majord in mathematics... blieve me mathematics is my pap and vleis, your lovely Australia beat the hek out of the proteas (hulle het die proteas goes gedonder) ... I'm sure u aussie wannabe felt good\r\n\r\nI wonder how it would feel to spend my life behind a PC, reading this joke of a news website.. waiting for malema and Zuma to say something so that I can vomit my neverending frustration and complaint about them ... ppl life is too short, get a hobby, get a gfriend and stop worrying about juju and zuma-man coz there is zilch u can do about them,,, I doubt they read any comments u make on this site and I doubt that they even know that u exist.... lol i expected the responses from u predictable angry bunch...

      rhulani.baloyi.545 - 2012-10-01 10:34

      yes I'm black... your point is ? anyway take my advice get a girlfriend or hobby and stay away from the pc my \non black country mate\cos I think its making you a very bitter person life is too short but if u don't mind waking up everyday to find out what Zuma and juju are up to... so that you can vomit on news 24 then its your problem and I feel sorry for u... yes they are not good leaders but complaining every single day is not cool ...

      rhulani.baloyi.545 - 2012-10-01 16:56

      @ Clayton yawn.....................

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-30 16:28

    What coverage and shock for one murder. Here in SA it becomes at least 6 a day with no protest what so ever.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-09-30 19:10

      The estimated murder rate is 50 per day. Closer investigations and surveys conducted by various respectable organisations (ISS?) put the figure closer to 80.

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-01 03:17

      @pierre...the useless and corrupt ANC government should take note !! BUT they are too f*cking stupid !!

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