Ireland Husband of murdered Jill Meagher marks 10th wedding anniversary with touching tribute

08:30  31 july  2018
08:30  31 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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A heartbroken husband has shared a moving message to his murdered wife on what would have been their 10 th wedding anniversary . Tom Meagher posted the tribute to Irish wife Jill , who was raped and killed in Melbourne, Australia, by a serial sex offender.

Murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher 's husband has penned a heartbreaking letter to his bride on what would have been their 10 th wedding anniversary .

Tom Meagher with his wife Jill © Provided by Irish Independent Tom Meagher with his wife Jill

29-year-old Jill was walking home from a pub in Brunswick when she was raped and murdered in the early hours of 22 September 2012.

Tom Meagher said he still carries the "scars" of Drogheda native Jill's death and described his wife as someone with love and compassion.

"Ten years ago today, I was lucky enough to marry this incredible human," Tom posted on Facebook, alongside a photo of murder victim Jill in her wedding dress.

"While I thought through this imagined future, I scrawled additions and scratched out redundant parts of my wedding speech, and as I wrote (my attention frantically jumping between wine and pen) I day-dreamed about what we will be doing in five years, in ten years, in twenty or thirty years - we never made it to five.

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Gillian " Jill " Meagher (née McKeon) /ˈmɑːr/ was a 29-year-old Irish woman living in Australia who was raped and murdered while walking home from a pub in Brunswick, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in the early hours of 22 September 2012.

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"Four years later she was brutally and violently taken from this world." 

Tom said that Adrian Bayley, Jill's convicted killer, was someone who lived with "violence", unlike Jill who lived life with "love and compassion".

"Jill communicates to us through that living space in those woods where we connect, through the ones she loved and who loved her, through everyone who lives life like she did - full of love, compassion, laughter and a force and energy that was literally breathtaking. 

"He communicates with us through violence, misogyny, hatred and death. His pallid shadow can never extinguish her light."

Tom added that the scars of Jill's death are what give him the "strength" to carry on.

"I carry the scars of Jill's death because that's how I remember to carry her light inside me," he said.

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Jill Meagher 's husband has posted a powerful tribute to his wife on the date of their 10 th wedding anniversary as he passionately condemned the "everyday spectrum of male violence".

"Those scars are what connect me and her, they are what teach me, what give me strength, what allow me to hold the confusing mishmash of emotional chaos together and survive, not without her, but with her loving guidance and formidable strength."

His tribute concluded with a thank you message to Jill for "persistently teaching" him how to live and that she is "loved at every moment".

"Slainte Jill. You were a warrior for love, life and liberation.

"Thank you for consistently and persistently teaching me how to live, how to think, how to embrace love wholly, and to bear witness to the fire you lit in me and so many others in your short time on this earth. 

"You are loved at every moment of every day."

Adrian Bayley pleaded guilty to Meagher's rape and murder in April 2013 and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 35-year non-parole period.

The convicted killer was sentenced to another 18 years in prison in 2015 for three other rape convictions.

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