The man who raped and murdered budding comedian Eurydice Dixon in a Melbourne park could spend “each and every day” behind bars until his death after the High Court threw out his last-ditch appeal.
Jaymes Todd on Friday took his case against an indefinite term that would lock him up until at least 2054 to the highest court in the land.
But his hopes of mercy were dashed within 20 minutes as Justice Virginia Bell found “no need to doubt” the judgment of the Victorian Court of Criminal Appeal, which had also ruled against him in March.
“The application is dismissed,” she said, with a sense of finality.
Todd, now 21, was in 2019 handed a life sentence, including a 35-year non-parole period, by Justice Stephen Kaye in the Victorian Supreme Court.
In court his barrister Daniel Gurvich QC said both the sentencing judge and the Court of Appeal had allowed a “flaw in justice” by imposing an open-ended prison term on such a young man who had pleaded guilty.
Todd was 19 years old when he stalked Ms Dixon, 22, the 4km from Flinders St station to Princes Park in Carlton North on June 12, 2018.
Ms Dixon’s life was cut short just after she performed at the city’s Highlander Bar as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Todd, who suffers from Asperger’s and sexual sadism disorder, attacked her in a brutal sex assault before strangling her to death.
Mr Gurvich said although the non-parole period gave his client some hope of walking free one day, it was possible Todd would spend “each and every day” in prison until his death.
Justice Bell said those who had previously ruled on Todd’s case found his offending was in the “worst category” of crimes, and she found no reason to question that decision.
Todd’s first appeal against the “manifestly too long” sentence was rejected earlier this year, with a judge calling his actions “unspeakably loathsome and cruel”.
He was following behind Ms Dixon by about 15-20 seconds as she made her way home through the popular park in Melbourne’s inner north.
The talented comedian’s body was found in a football field by a passer-by about 2.50am on June 13.
After buying a pie and coffee before going home to Google porn, Todd handed himself in to police after CCTV footage of him was released.
The Broadmeadows man pleaded guilty to Ms Dixon’s murder in November 2018 and was sentenced to jail in September 2019.
It was a crime that shocked Melbourne and the nation, with a vigil held in Princes Park attracting 10,000 people, including then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Ms Dixon’s father Jeremy Dixon told media after Todd’s sentencing that he hoped the man who took his daughter away “gets better”.
He believed Ms Dixon would also have wanted that.
“Eurydice herself should be remembered as her friends will remember her – for her wit, her courage and her kindness, not for her death,” Mr Dixon said.