Teen is charged with ris­ing comic’s mur­der

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A TEENAGER ac­cused of the rape and mur­der of emerg­ing Mel­bourne co­me­dian Eury­dice Dixon just 900m from her home, has ap­peared in court.

James Todd, 19, handed him­self in to Broad­mead­ows Po­lice Sta­tion on Wed­nes­day night after po­lice re­leased CCTV im­ages al­legedly iden­ti­fy­ing him near Princes Park in Carl­ton North, where the body of 22-year-old Ms Dixon was dumped be­fore 3am that day.

Todd was later charged with one count of rape and mur­der and ap­peared be­fore Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

Todd’s le­gal aid lawyer, John Rior­dan, asked Mag­is­trate An­drew McKenna to sup­press his client’s iden­tity, but the ap­pli­ca­tion was turned down.

“(There is) real po­ten­tial the re­lease of his name will af­fect the re­li­a­bil­ity of those wit­nesses,” Mr Rior­dan said.

He told the court his client would be vul­ner­a­ble in cus­tody due to his autism and his lack of ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind bars.

The court also heard Todd’s iden­tity could jeop­ar­dise the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with de­tec­tives still tak­ing state­ments from wit­nesses.

How­ever, Mr McKenna ruled against mak­ing a sup­pres­sion order that would have pro­tected Todd’s iden­tity.

“There could be any ju­ve­nile by the name of Todd out there who is a rel­a­tive of Mr Todd’s,” Mr McKenna said.

“And this (al­leged crime) is an event for which corrections are well ex­pe­ri­enced and trained for.”

Po­lice told the court that the mur­der hap­pened some­time be­tween 10.30pm on Tues­day – just 30 min­utes after the tal­ented co­me­dian fin­ished a stand-up gig in the Mel­bourne CBD – and 3am on Wed­nes­day.

On a whim, she de­cided to walk home.

POP­U­LAR: Co­me­dian Eury­dice Dixon, who was mur­dered on her way home and, be­low, ac­cused killer James Todd.

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