A Melbourne blogger has admitted defacing a memorial to slain comedian Eurydice Dixon by painting obscene graffiti beside it in a bid to enrage feminists.
Ms Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered as she walked home through a Carlton North park after performing a comedy gig on June 13.
Flowers soon piled up on the Princes Park field where Ms Dixon’s body was found. The makeshift memorial was visited by thousands and widely covered by media.
In the lead-up to a large public vigil at the memorial site, anti-feminist blogger Andrew Nolch hatched a plan to cause as much outrage as he could.
Nolch, 29, who hosts a Scientology podcast, bought paint supplies and headed to Princes Park late at night to paint a 25m penis at the site.
Firefighters and council workers could not remove the graffiti so the vandalised turf was removed and replaced at a cost of nearly $20,000.
Nolch faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
A 19-year-old man is charged with Ms Dixon’s rape and murder.