Bayley pleads guilty to rape and murder of Jill Meagher

ADRIAN Bayley has pleaded guilty to the murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher.

The 41-year-old originally denied killing the 29-year-old ABC employee but changed his plea in the Victorian Supreme Court Friday afternoon.

He also confessed to one count of rape.

In September last year, Bayley dragged Ms Meagher to a Brunswick alley way where he raped and strangled her.

He returned with a shovel, drove her body to a back road and buried her in a shallow grave.

The Herald Sun reported that in the months leading up to the murder, Bayley's family had warned authorities he was a danger to women.

Following his arrest, he reportedly wept to police and said "they should have the death penalty for people like me anyway".

A pathology report tendered in court said Ms Meagher was found clothed and lying on her side.

Her neck showed signs of haemorrhaging.

Bayley told police that he had not intended to hurt Ms Meagher but she "flipped me off and that made me angry".

He will be sentenced at a later date.