HOW EURYDICE’S KILLER STALKED HER THROUGH THE CITY BEFORE HE STRUCK
EURYDICE Dixon’s killer downed a bottle of vodka with a mate before stalking her for more than an hour through Melbourne’s CBD.
Jaymes Todd yesterday admitted he strangled and raped the 22-year-old comedian in a Carlton North park on June 13.
Sporting a shaved head, Todd appeared via video link in the Melbourne Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty when asked by magistrate Suzanne Cameron.
Court documents reveal Todd, 19, first saw Ms Dixon outside Flinders St train station just after 11pm the night he killed her.
A police summary said Todd had been drinking heavily since 3.30pm that day, downing a bottle of vodka with an unnamed person, then drinking cider and a can of whiskey and cola he purchased at CBD bottle shops. He had travelled from the city with an unknown person tothe wards Broadmeadows – where he lived – before returning alone just before 10.30pm.
Ms Dixon had been performing a stand-up comedy routine at the Highlander Bar and left the Flinders St venue about 10.30pm with her partner, Tony Magnuson.
The pair headed to Woolworths in Flinders St before walking towards Federation Square where they hugged and parted ways. Ms Dixon told Mr Magnuson she felt like walking home that night.
“At 11.08pm Ms Dixon started to cross Flinders St and once she was halfway across … accused started to walk across the intersection in the same direction,” the police summary read.
Todd continued to follow Ms Dixon for some time. She seemed oblivious to Todd’s stalking and appeared to be talking to herself as she walked, the summary said.
Ms Dixon had walked 4.5km to Princes Park and across two soccer pitches before Todd attacked her as she walked onto the third pitch.
A passerby found her body about 3am as he walked home from work through the park.
Todd handed himself into police after seeing his photograph splashed across the news but denied any involvement in Ms Dixon’s death. He later made a full confession.
Todd pleaded guilty to murder, rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. He is due to appear in the Supreme Court on Tuesday for a directions hearing.
Jaymes Todd has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon (below).