Jill Meagher's accused killer will be moved into the highest level of prison protection over fears he will be attacked by other inmates, according to a report. Adrian Ernest Bayley faces danger from other inmates who want to kill him, the Herald Sun reports.
The 41-year-old was arrested last Thursday and later charged with the rape and murder of Ms Meagher.
"Even the crooks are saying they want to kill him because she was an innocent," a source was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
Bayley is in custody awaiting a committal mention hearing on January 18.
He is likely to be transferred to the Metropolitan Remand Centre or Barwon Prison. Prison officers with Victoria's Department of Corrective Services have also been warned not to vent any anger towards Bayley on social media sites.
Ms Meagher's husband, Tom, and Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton also asked members of the public last Friday not to post messages on social media that may jeopardise the court case.
Yesterday tens of thousands of people rallied in inner Melbourne to mourn Ms Meagher and urge an end to violence in the community.
People of all ages walked along Sydney Road, Brunswick, where the 29-year-old ABC staffer spent her final moments before her alleged abduction and murder last weekend.
Hundreds laid flowers and notes, lit candles and signed a condolence book for Ms Meagher's family at makeshift memorials outside the local Baptist church, as well as the boutique where CCTV footage captured the moments before she disappeared.
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