Australian police have charged a 41-year-old man with the rape and murder of young Irish woman Jill Meagher, who disappeared in Melbourne last week.
Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, from the Melbourne suburb of Coburg, appeared before magistrates, speaking just briefly to confirm he understood the charges being made against him.
Dressed in jeans and a blue T-shirt, he kept one hand clapped over his mouth throughout most of his appearance.
Jill Meagher, 29, who worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), was last seen at about 1:30am on Saturday when she left friends at a bar to walk the short distance home.
Her body was found early on Friday off a dirt road about 31 miles (50km) northwest of central Melbourne.
As Jill walked towards her flat last weekend she was filmed by a shop's CCTV camera speaking briefly to a man in a blue hooded top. It has been reported that police allege that man is Adrian Bayley.
It is believed he helped detectives locate the body, found in the suburb of Gisborne South.
A Facebook page set up to help find Jill has attracted more than 120,000 "likes", with messages of condolence posted after news of her death and the arrest.
Jill and her husband Thomas Meagher moved to Melbourne from Ireland three years ago. Thomas and Jill's brother sat next to each other in court as the charges were read out.
Speaking outside the hearing, Mr Meagher said: "I’ve been really humbled by the support of the Australian public and the tireless efforts of the police and all the friends and family that have put their lives on hold to help us out.
"While I appreciate all the support I just would like to mention that negative comments on social media may hurt (the) legal proceedings.
"Please be mindful of that. And I would also like to say if the media could respect the privacy of the Meaghers... at this time that would be brilliant. Thank you.”
Colleagues from the ABC described Jill as an intelligent, vibrant young woman.
A statement read: "Jill was a much-loved member of the Local Radio family. She was witty, intelligent and great company. Her friends and workmates at the ABC will miss her greatly. This tragic outcome will undoubtedly weigh heavily on them, and they will be supported through this dark time."