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'Pure and unmitigated evil': Eurydice Dixon's killer sentenced to life in prison

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Eurydice Dixon's father said he hoped his daughter would be remembered for her "wit and her courage and kindness" and not her death.

The man who raped and murdered aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an "evil" attack at a Melbourne park has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 35 years.

Speaking outside the court, the 22-year-old's father refused to comment on the sentence but said his daughter should be remembered for her "wit, and her courage and kindness", not the circumstances of her death.

"What I wish for Jaymes Todd, and what I think Eurydice would also wish, is that he gets better and ... realises what he has done," he said.

Jaymes Todd is led into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Monday, September 2, 2019. Jaymes Todd is set to be sentenced for the rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in a Melbourne park. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING
Jaymes Todd is led into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne for sentencing.
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"I extend my sincere sympathy to those that love him, it's a terrible tragedy all round."

Jaymes Todd stalked Ms Dixon for more than an hour before attacking her as she walked through Princes Park following a comedy gig on June 12 last year.

"Your actions in doing so were of pure and unmitigated evil," Justice Stephen Kaye said in his sentencing remarks on Monday morning.

Ms Dixon was "totally vulnerable and defenceless" when she was raped and killed in the park, Justice Kaye said.

"You knew what you were doing was wrong, well understanding the effects of choking a female victim." 

After the murder, the then-19-year-old bought a pie and coffee, went back to the Carlton North crime scene, and googled rape and pornography as well as stories about his victim.

Before the murder Todd fantasised about violent non-consensual sex culminating in a woman's death, Victoria's Supreme Court was earlier told.

But the young man claimed the rape and murder didn't go as he planned, psychologist James Ogloff said.

If you are seeking information about family, domestic or sexual violence you can contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732, www.1800respect.org.au) or Lifeline (13 11 14, www.lifeline.org.au).

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