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Eurydice Dixon’s killer to return to court as experts debate if murder was premeditated

Jaymes Todd has pleaded guilty to the murder of Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon. Source: AAP

The 20-year-old man who raped and killed Melbourne's Eurydice Dixon will return to court as experts debate whether the murder was premeditated.

The young man who raped and murdered aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon will return to court on Tuesday for day three of his pre-sentence hearing in Melbourne.

Jaymes Todd, 20, appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria last week for a two-day plea hearing before his anticipated sentencing later this year.

Eurydice Dixon was attacked as she walked barefoot through Princes Park on 12 June after performing a comedy gig.
Eurydice Dixon was attacked as she walked barefoot through Princes Park on 12 June after performing a comedy gig.
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But the hearing was extended to three days, with two psychologists disagreeing about whether Todd - who has sexual sadism disorder - premeditated the murder.

Todd attacked the 22-year-old as she walked barefoot through Princes Park overnight on June 12 last year after performing a comedy gig.

Todd, who had an obsession with rape, strangulation and snuff porn - and had searched online for "emo girls" - had been stalking Ms Dixon for almost an hour before he struck.

Jaymes Todd arriving at court earlier this year.
Jaymes Todd arriving at court earlier this year.
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Last week, forensic psychiatrist David Thomas said Todd hadn't planned to murder Ms Dixon, and "go the whole way" into his fantasy of non-consensual sex culminating in a woman's death.

But psychologist James Ogloff testified Todd intended to kill Ms Dixon as part of his fantasy, adding the killer would have been "aroused and excited".

Justice Stephen Kaye has indicated he will consider imposing the maximum sentence - life without parole - if he finds Todd premeditated Ms Dixon's murder.

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