Teen is charged with rising comic’s murder
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.