Eurydice Dixon’s ‘sadistic’ killer jailed for life, has ‘poor’ hopes of becoming safe
The killer of Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has launched an appeal against his life sentence.
- Jaymes Todd’s legal team this week lodged papers for an appeal against his sentence
- Todd, 20, was last month sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 35 years for Ms Dixon’s rape and murder
- The Supreme Court previously heard Todd was at “significant” risk of reoffending because he had sexual sadism disorder
Jaymes Todd, 20, was last month sentenced to life in prison with a 35-year non-parole period for raping and murdering Ms Dixon in Princes Park in Melbourne’s inner north in June 2018.
Todd’s legal team lodged documents for his appeal this week.
The Supreme Court was told of the appeal today by lawyer Tim Marsh during sentencing submissions for Codey Herrmann, who has pleaded guilty to the murder and rape of international student Aiia Maasarwe.
Mr Marsh is representing Herrmann and previously represented Todd.
A ‘significant’ risk of reoffending
During a plea hearing in August, the Supreme Court heard Todd was at “significant” risk of reoffending because he had sexual sadism disorder and had watched violent pornography before and after he attacked Ms Dixon as she walked home after performing comedy in the city on June 12 last year.
Over the year before the murder, Todd was obsessed with and addicted to a fantasy of “coercive rape” which escalated to include fantasies of death, and he searched the internet for “snuff films” which depicted violent sexual encounters ending in death, the court heard.
Eurydice Dixon was on her way home from performing comedy when she was attacked by Todd. (Facebook: Paula Ferrari)
Justice Kaye said there were “poor” prospects of addressing Todd’s sexual sadism disorder and he therefore had “very limited” prospects of rehabilitation.
“There was no evidence that your vicious act … troubled your conscience.”
In addition to his life sentence for murder, Todd was sentenced to 11 years’ jail for rape, seven years for attempted rape and two years for sexual assault.