Jaymes Todd Sentenced To Life Behind Bars For Rape And Murder Of Eurydice Dixon

Jaymes Todd, the Melbourne man convicted of raping and killing young comedian Eurydice Dixon in a city park last June, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 35 years.

[jwplayer qWjyetfu-IxfdLzLk]

Speaking at this morning’s sentencing hearing at Victoria’s Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Kaye told Todd, 20, the sentence was essential to reflect the “appalling depravity that lay at the centre of your offending, and to uphold the basic values of a civilised society.”

Todd was also sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for rape, 7 years for attempted rape, and 2 years for sexual assault. Justice Kaye said those sentences will be served concurrently with the head sentence for the murder charge.

In reaching his decision, Justice Kaye said he considered Todd’s offending “totally and categorically evil,” and a “most serious example” of murder and sexual assault.

Justice Kaye ruled Todd’s “craven and sadistic” actions were premeditated, and the “constituted the enactment” of his “perverted and depraved sexual desires”.

The court heard Todd fostered an obsession with violent pornography in the months before his attack, and viewed similar content online in the hours after Dixon’s death.

This conduct, and the fact Todd effectively stalked Dixon across town, led Justice Kaye to dismiss the argument Todd only chose to kill Dixon the moment he set upon her in Princes Park.

Justice Kaye told Todd his eventual admission to the crimes convinced him to offer the possibility of parole, despite the fact Todd initially offered Victoria Police “a farrago of lies to try to evade responsibility for what you had done”.

The court heard Todd’s coercive sexual sadism order was a dominant factor in his conduct, but his diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome did not directly contribute to his offending.

Today’s sentencing concludes one of the most harrowing criminal trials in recent memory.

“The sheer terror Eurydice must have experienced is utterly unimaginable,” Justice Kaye said.

More to come.

Help is available.

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about sexual violence, please call the 1800 Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.