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Friday 17 August 2018

Heartbroken Tom remembers his last day with beloved Jill

The grieving husband of Jill Meagher has paid a loving tribute to his wife on the second anniversary of her death in Australia.

Jill (30), from Co Louth, was abducted, raped and murdered as she walked home from a night out with colleagues in Melbourne on September 22, 2012.

Her killer, Adrian Bayley (41) was later given a 35-year jail term for the brutal abduction and killing of the young Irish professional.

TRIBUTE

Last night Jill's husband Tom (34) took to Facebook to write a moving tribute to Jill, saying he still finds notes and to-do lists she had written, and laughs when he reads her diary.

He said that he clearly remembers their final moments together as she prepared to go out with friends on the fateful night.

"Another year without you in the world Jill Meagher. I remember our last moments together two years ago this morning. You emerged from the bathroom beaming with Friday enthusiasm, wearing a towel that was wrapped so tightly around your head that it forced your eyes to slant upwards," wrote Tom.

"Your skin was bright pink from your customary scalding-hot shower, and the edges of the towel left a white imprint on your forehead."

"When I left the apartment, I don't remember looking back, all I remember is the sound of your voice singing, and fading slightly with each step I took, until it vanished," he added.

Heartbroken Tom said that there are memories about his beloved wife all around his home.

"Days like this make it all real; how you loved to irritate and surprise me, how much you loved to dance in your PJs spilling red wine all over the floor. I still find your to-do lists in old leather compendiums and exam results, notes, sketches, stories and characters in the pockets of old bags."

"I read your diary, and laugh at how funny you were, even when writing only to yourself. I keep the thousands of photos you kept of the family and friends you loved so much. You were a true original Jilly, a free soul, you were unashamedly you. I love you even more than you loved life," Tom wrote.

Uncertain

The couple met in UCD in 2001 and moved to Brunswick in Melbourne in 2009. Tom has since returned home to Ireland and still feels anxious about the future.

"It's just the idea that you know your future is massively uncertain," he said in an earlier interview. "It went from where daily you know where you were going to be tomorrow, to not having any certainty at all.

"But the biggest thing is Jill's not here and you know, I miss her every day. So that's the most upsetting thing."

cfeehan@herald.ie

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