HOW EURY­DICE’S KILLER STALKED HER THROUGH THE CITY BE­FORE HE STRUCK

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NATION -

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).

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