Thomas Meagher, husband of murdered ABC employee Jill Meagher, gives a statement to waiting media outside the court in Melbourne on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, of Coburg, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with the rape and murder of the 29-year-old, whose body was found in a shallow grave. (AAP Image/Joe Castro) NO ARCHIVING
Thomas Meagher, husband of murdered ABC employee Jill Meagher, gives a statement to waiting media outside the court in Melbourne on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, of Coburg, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with the rape and murder of the 29-year-old, whose body was found in a shallow grave. (AAP Image/Joe Castro) NO ARCHIVING JOE CASTRO

Innocent husband copped plenty

ONE of the men responsible for catching the killer of Melbourne ABC staffer Jill Meagher in 2012 has expressed regret for the "awful” treatment of her husband Tom while he was a suspect early in the investigation.

"When you think about it down the track, you're left thinking 'Jeez, we were pretty awful, for the way we've treated this poor guy',” Detective Sergeant David Butler said in the documentary Conviction, which screened last night on the ABC.

"Not only has he lost his wife, but now he's been treated pretty badly by us in some respects.”



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