Serial rapist and convicted murderer Adrian Bayley has won the right to reapply for taxpayer-funded lawyers to fight two rape convictions.
Victoria’s Court of Appeal today ruled the independent reviewer’s decision was invalid and legally unreasonable, meaning Bayley’s bid to secure legal aid must be considered by another reviewer.
If successful, Bayley will be able to reapply for legal aid to appeal against his convictions for the rapes of two women, one in 2000 and the other in 2012.
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The 44-year-old was sentenced to life in prison in 2013, with a minimum of 35 years, after pleading guilty to raping and murdering Brunswick woman Jill Meagher in September 2012.
His sentence was upgraded to a minimum of 43 years behind bars in 2015 after he was found guilty of raping three other women before Ms Meagher.
Bayley plans on appealing two of those rape convictions.