Man charged with rape and mur­der of Mel­bourne co­me­dian Eury­dice Dixon

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A man ac­cused of rap­ing and killing a woman who was found dead on a soc­cer field in Mel­bourne is at risk of harm while in cus­tody, a court has heard.Jaymes Todd, 19, from Broad­mead­ows, ap­peared in Mel­bourne mag­is­trates’ court on Thursday charged with rape and mur­der, af­ter hand­ing him­self into po­lice on Wednesday night.The body of Eury­dice Dixon, 22, was found on the Princes Park field in Carl­ton North by a passerby about 3am on Wednesday. Po­lice al­lege Todd raped and mur­dered her some­time be­tween 10.30pm on Tuesday and when the body was dis­cov­ered.

Todd kept his eyes low­ered for some time af­ter tak­ing his place in the dock in court.Vic­to­ria Le­gal Aid lawyer John Rior­dan said it was Todd’s first time in cus­tody and stressed his vul­ner­a­bil­ity in that en­vi­ron­ment due to his youth and di­ag­no­sis of autism spec­trum dis­or­der.The lawyer ar­gued Todd should not be pub­licly iden­ti­fied for sev­eral days while more in­for­ma­tion on his dis­or­der was sought.Shar­ing Todd’s iden­tity would also com­pro­mise his safety in cus­tody, he said.“The risk is real and sig­nif­i­cant whilst he is in cus­tody,” Mr Rior­dan said.In­tense me­dia scru­tiny of Todd’s case and the im­pact that pub­lic­ity may have on the re­li­a­bil­ity of wit­ness state­ments still be­ing gath­ered were among other rea­sons the lawyer gave to jus­tify the sup­pres­sion.But mag­is­trate An­drew McKenna ruled only im­ages of Todd’s face should be with­held from pub­li­ca­tion. “Prison of­fi­cers are very much aware of the high pri­or­ity of safety and se­cu­rity be­ing as­sured,” the mag­is­trate said in re­la­tion to Todd’s safety in cus­tody.Todd was re­manded to reap­pear in the court on Oc­to­ber 3.

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Eury­dice Dixon, an 22-year-old co­me­dian, was found dead in a park in Carl­ton North about 3am on Wednesday.

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