A man has been charged with the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher after a body was discovered in a shallow grave.
Adrian Ernest Bayley was brought before a special court sitting in the early hours of the morning where he was charged over the disappearance of the 29-year-old in Melbourne, Australia.
Mrs Meagher, from Drogheda, Co Louth, was last seen leaving a bar in the early hours of Saturday after a night out with colleagues.
It is understood her body was discovered in a shallow grave at Gisbourne South, about 30km from where she vanished. A Victoria Police spokesman said officers continued to conduct forensic analysis of the scene.
Bayley, 41, from the Coburg suburb of the city, was remanded in custody and will reappear before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday morning.
The suspect was arrested after the last image of Mrs Meagher on a shop's CCTV footage showed her talking to a man wearing a blue hoodie before she vanished. There has also been a witness report that a car made a U-turn on the street after Mrs Meagher walked past.
Her husband, Thomas, raised the alarm when she failed to make the short walk to her home less than a mile from Bar Etiquette in Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Mrs Meagher had been out with colleagues from Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio, leaving them at around 1.30am local time.
Her disappearance sparked a huge social media campaign to find her, with well-known presenters from ABC helping to spread the message.
The case took a twist after a handbag containing several items believed to belong to Mrs Meagher was found in a laneway off Hope Street. It was not discovered in an initial search of the area.