'Totally and Categorically Evil': Jaymes Todd Sentenced To Life Behind Bars For The Murder Of Eurydice Dixon
Jaymes Todd, the man who raped and murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has been jailed for life.
The 20-year-old will spend life in jail, with a non-parole period of 35 years.
Justice Stephen Kaye called Todd "totally and categorically evil" in the moments before he handed down the sentence.
Kaye described Dixon's final moments on earth as "utterly horrifying".
“She was doing what she was entitled to do. In a most callous and cowardly manner you set upon her … humiliating her before strangling her to death," Kaye said.
“The act of choking her to death so that she suffocated was callous, cruel and brutal.”
Aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, was attacked by Todd as she walked home through Princes Park in Melbourne's inner north in June 2018.
She had been walking home from a performance at the Highlander Bar when she was set upon.
She had farewelled her boyfriend Tony Magnuson at a train station before making the journey home.
During the hearings, the Supreme Court heard Todd stalked Dixon for more than four kilometres before he attacked -- hiding behind objects to stay out of her sight.
Dixon sent Magnuson a text message saying she was nearly home just minutes before Todd attacked her from behind.
Her body was discovered by a passer-by on the morning of June 13.
Todd was arrested on suspicion of her killing that very same day after he handed himself into police. He pleaded guilty to the crimes in November 2018.
Justice Kaye told the court Todd posted an "unacceptable risk to women" with his likelihood of reoffending calculated at 80 percent. These factors contributed to the length of his sentence.
Dixon's murder instigated an outpouring of public mourning, with a number of vigils held in her memory.
Thousands of Melburnians attended a major vigil held on June 18 in Princes Park, close to where her body was found. Events were also held around the nation, including in Canberra where both then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and then leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten were in attendance.
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