Jill Meagher's father supports detective after photo scandal
THE Victorian police detective at the centre of the Jill Meagher crime scene photo scandal said he had the full support of her family.
Homicide Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles has come under fire after he showed a crime scene picture of Jill Meagher's body at a charity function in Bendigo last week.
Jill Meagher, 29, was raped and murdered while walking home from a pub in Brunswick on September 22, 2012.
Her death outraged a nation and made international headlines sparking 30,000 people to participate in a public march in Richmond on September 30, 2012, in her memory.
Her killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley, was sentenced to life imprisonment this year with a non-parole period of 35 years.
Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles said in Brisbane on Thursday the picture of her semi-naked body in a ditch was shown as part of a presentation he has conducted several times before.
He said the presentation had been shown "five or six" time to more than 2500 people, but two anonymous people at the Bendigo presentation had taken offence to it.
He said instead of bringing it up with him personally, or the Victorian Police, the two individuals decided to take the story straight to the media.
"It was never ever intended to demean the victim, it was never meant to be in any other way," Det Sen-Sgt Iddles said.
"I delivered it in a professional and compassionate manner.
"Jillian's father has rung me and offered his total support and cannot understand the media hype," he said.
Mr Iddles, who is Victoria's most highly-respected and decorated officers, said he had devoted his life to his work.
"It has taken its toll," he said.
"I have devoted my career and 25 years of my life to the victims, to the people who cannot speak for themselves."
Mr Iddles said the photo was shown during his presentation for the public to understand how investigations worked.
He said the photo was shown for about one second out of an hour and 15 minute presentation.
Earlier, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said he was "sickened" and "shocked" by the news and apologised to Ms Meagher's family on behalf of the State Government.
Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles was in Brisbane investigating the disappearance of Michelle Buckingham from Shepparton in 1983.
He said two Brisbane men were arrested on Wednesday and subsequently released, but remained "definite suspects."