Man accused of defacing Eurydice Dixon's memorial to spread 'anti-vaccination message'


By: Susannah Guthrie

The man who's been accused of defacing the memorial of murdered Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon has said he wanted to be caught.

Eurydice, 22, was raped and murdered in Carlton, Melbourne, while walking home from a stand-up comedy gig in the CBD on June 13.

In a depressing development a few days later, a makeshift memorial on the soccer pitch where her body was found was defaced with lewd markings.

According to The Age, Andrew Nolch, a former TV host and 'independent Scientologist', has been accused of vandalising the memorial to spread an anti-vaccination message.

He's been charged with criminal damage, offensive behaviour and marking offensive graffiti.

"I was upset, and I want to make this clear, this was not a personal attack at all ... this was purely an attack on feminism, on mainstream media for hijacking a vaccine-causing issue and turning it into a men are bad, women's rights issue," Nolch told The Age.

Jaymes Todd, the 19-year-old man who's been charged with Eurydice's rape and murder, has autism spectrum disorder.

According to a small but passionate group of people, vaccinations can cause autism. It's a theory that's been widely discredited by legitimate scientists but nevertheless it persists.

Andrew formerly hosted a late-night comedy show on Channel 31 and said he gave up doing stand-up comedy when his anti-vaccination stance became unpopular.

He is currently out on bail but will face court in August. According to The Age, he is known to Eurydice's friends.

If all this is getting you down, have a look at this photo of thousands of legends at the candlelit vigil remembering Eurydice and have hope.