‘She took off her shoes and socks’: Eurydice Dixon’s final moments are revealed as depraved killer faces the tragic victim’s family in court
- Eurydice Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered in Melbourne during June last year
- Dixon’s killer Jaymes Todd, 19, had followed her for an hour before attacking her
- Todd had a history of searching rape porn before he strangled Dixon to death
Published: 03:05 EDT, 15 August 2019 | Updated: 03:09 EDT, 15 August 2019
The final moments of a woman who was raped and murdered have been revealed as her depraved killer faces her family.
Eurydice Dixon, 22, was killed when she was walking through Princes Park in Melbourne‘s inner north during June 2018.
The harrowing details of her brutal murder by Jaymes Todd, 19, was revealed at the Supreme Court plea hearing on Thursday with her loved ones speaking out about her tragic death.
Eurydice Dixon, (pictured) was killed when she was walking through Princes Park in Melbourne’s inner north during June 2018
Todd had been following Ms Dixon for nearly an hour before he attacked the young woman, the court heard.
Ms Dixon had been coming home from performing at a comedy night when she decided to walk barefoot through the park, something she often did at night.
She had sent a text to her boyfriend, just moments before her death saying ‘I’m nearly home. HBU?’
Todd, who had autism and a history of internet searches for rape and snuff porn, strangulation porn and ’emo girls’, had been drinking and smoking cannabis before his attack.
Todd grabbed her from behind by her hair and dress before knocking her to the ground.
Her killer, Jaymes Todd, (pictured) had been following her for nearly an hour before he attacked her as she walked barefoot through a park
He continued to straddle her with his knees, pinning her arms down.
Ms Dixon fought back, scratching at his face but he held his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming before tearing her clothes and sexually assaulting her.
The 22-year-old was strangled to death by Todd, who handed himself into police the following day after friends told him his ‘face was all over the news’.
Ms Dixon’s body was found by a passer by around 2.50am who tried to perform CPR before paramedics arrived.
Meanwhile, Todd claims he defecated on a track, using his T-shirt to wipe himself before walking again through Princes Park, before being directed away by police who had established a crime scene.
Todd initially denied he had murdered the woman, but after more than an hour of police questioning, he confessed, admitting ‘I did it’.
Friends and families mourned the death of Ms Dixon,(pictured vigil held for Ms Dixon) who was an aspiring comedian living in Melbourne
Todd sobbed in the court room as friends and family spoke about the tragic loss of the young comedian.
‘I wish I could have saved her,’ Ms Dixon’s older sister Polly Cotton said, The Herald Sun reported.
Her boyfriend, Tony Magnusen said he was still burdened with nightmares from the horrifying incident.
‘When I did fall asleep I would often wake up to the sound of her screams,’ Mr Magnuson said.
Ms Dixon’s murdered came face to face with her loved ones during a plea hearing at the Supreme Court on Thursday
‘There is no doubt in my mind I will never look at the human race the same way again.’
Todd pleaded guilty to the rape and murder in November 2018.
Defence barrister Tim Marsh said Todd was sexually attracted to Ms Dixon, fitting a certain look he found appealing but argued the Broadmeadows man didn’t plan to murder her until the moment of the attack.
Supreme Court Judge Stephen Kaye said that if he believed the murder was planned he would consider giving Todd a life sentence.
The hearing will continue on Friday.