Anti-feminist charged over Eurydice Dixon graffiti has 'no remorse', court hears
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Anti-feminist charged over Eurydice Dixon graffiti has 'no remorse', court hears

An anti-feminist who defaced a memorial dedicated to a young woman allegedly raped and murdered in Melbourne’s inner-north has told a court he is guilty, but has no remorse for his "political" statement in a bizarre hearing.

Andrew Nolch graffitied the memorial to Eurydice Dixon in Princes Park at Carlton North where she was killed as she walked home on June 13.

Andrew Nolch says he is guilty, but has no remorse for defacing the memorial.

Andrew Nolch says he is guilty, but has no remorse for defacing the memorial.

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He painted a 25-metre by five-metre ejaculating penis, leaving a damage and clean-up bill of more than $19,000.

The 29-year-old man is a self-described anti-vaxxer who believes Ms Dixon’s alleged rape and murder was hijacked by feminists.

Council workers cover up the graffiti at the site on June 18.

Council workers cover up the graffiti at the site on June 18.

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The media turned it into a “men’s fault in general” issue, his lawyer Glenn Thexton told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Mr Thexton referred to a comment piece by television personality and journalist Lisa Wilkinson and a statement from Premier Daniel Andrews who said, “women don’t need to change, men do”, as examples.

“He wanted to make the news,” Mr Thexton said.

He knew it would offend Ms Dixon’s family, but he doesn’t like feminists, the court heard.

“His main feeling was making a political statement,” Mr Thexton said.

“There’s quite a lot of symbolism about what he has drawn. As he said in an interview, if it had’ve been a flower it wouldn’t have got the desired effect.”

Eurydice Dixon, 22, was killed as she was walking home from a comedy gig.

Eurydice Dixon, 22, was killed as she was walking home from a comedy gig.

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Mr Thexton said his client had received a number of threats to his life since the incident, including one from a woman who went up to him in an interview room in the court building and told him she was going to hunt him down.

Mr Thexton said that was the sort of aggressive feminist who his client was aggrieved by.

“How does your client know she’s a feminist?” Magistrate Olivia Trumble said.

“Because she’s a woman? I don’t find that particularly helpful.”

Andrew Nolch leaves court on Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Nolch leaves court on Thursday afternoon.

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Mr Thexton said his client was also motivated by his belief that vaccines cause autism, and that there was some literature to support Mr Nolch's views.

The 19-year-old man who is charged with Ms Dixon’s rape and murder is autistic, Mr Thexton told the court.

He said his client believed autism contributed to the alleged crime.

Any link between vaccines and autism has been conclusively disproved.

Mr Thexton asked Ms Trumble to consider a good behaviour bond, but the prosecutor, Senior Constable Alistair Macpherson, said that would be manifestly inadequate.

“Because of the serious nature of this, it warrants a conviction,” he said.

“It caused public outrage in a time of mourning and I’d urge your honour to take that into account.”

Mr Thexton said his client was not remorseful.

“But he wouldn’t do it again because he did not appreciate the attention it has drawn to him and his family,” he said.

Ms Trumble adjourned the case for sentencing on Monday, telling Mr Nolch, who was supported by his parents, that it was a very serious example of that kind of offending.