Social Media and CCTV have both shown to have been invaluable in assisting police investigations and in the arrest of Jill Meagher’s murderer.
Police have warned, though, that internet users risk jeopardising the trial of the forty-one-year-old man, Adrian Ernest Bayley, charged with the rape and murder of Jill Meagher, urging restraint on social media sites as negative comments may compromise legal proceedings.
“Legislation dictates that nothing should be published that might prejudice the trial of an accused after they have been arrested or charged.
In light of the role of Social Media and the inability for any one body to control Social Media legislation such as this may need to be amended to avoid such legislation working contrary to the pursuit of justice.
A “reclaim the night-style march” in planned for October 2012 in Brunswick and Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services would encourage as many people as possible to attend.
Organizers are currently awaiting permission from the family to hold the march in honour of Ms Meagher before releasing further details.