Victoria Police have confirmed they have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man in relation to criminal damage at the site of murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon‘s memorial.
Police issued a statement this afternoon confirming that the Bulleen man was taken into custody this morning after a search warrant was executed at his residence.
The man has been charged with one count each of criminal damage, offensive behaviour, and mark offensive graffiti.
The graffiti was located at the site of the memorial at approximately 3:50am on June 18th, the morning of a planned vigil that saw thousands upon thousands gather at the Princes Park site in Carlton North where Dixon was allegedly raped and murdered on the night of June 13th while walking home after performing stand-up in the Melbourne CBD. Dixon was 900 metres from her home at the time of the random attack, and had just texted her partner informing him she was nearly home.
The graffiti compounded the outrage and fury already being felt by the Carlton North and Melbourne comedy communities, as well as Melbourne and the nation as a whole. Council officials worked tirelessly to cover up and remove the graffiti in time for the vigil to go ahead, which it did that evening without incident.
19-year-old Broadmeadows man Jaymes Todd was arrested after handing himself in to police following Dixon’s shocking death, with police subsequently charging the man with the rape and murder of 22-year-old Dixon.
The 31-year-old accused of defacing the memorial site will now face Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on August 10th.