Brother Of Alleged Eurydice Dixon Memorial Vandal Says He's 'Completely Disowned' By Parents
Andrew Nolch knew Eurydice Dixon through a shared interest in comedy, then he allegedly vandalised her memorial.
The brother of the man charged with allegedly defacing the memorial for murdered Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon has expressed sympathy for his autistic brother.
Andrew Nolch was charged with criminal damage, offensive behaviour and marking offensive graffiti by police on Wednesday, but his brother Vinnie Nolch said he doesn’t understand the magnitude of his actions.
"He's an autistic kid that’s drawn a penis on the ground, what do you expect? Autistic people do autistic things," Vinnie Nolch told Ten Eyewitness News on Thursday.
Dixon was raped and murdered on her way home from a comedy gig in Princes Park on June 13. In the week following her death, vigils were held around the country to remember her. On the morning of the Melbourne vigil an offensive image was drawn just metres from where flowers were laid for the young woman.
Vinnie confirmed his brother Andrew knew Eurydice Dixon through a shared interest in comedy, and suggested the drawing done near Dixon’s memorial could have been an inside joke between the pair.
“He actually knew her... this is not a negative thing against her, that is not what this is about, that's why he didn't defile the memorial... it was more of a message to the side,” Vinnie said.
“I know why he did it and he had no malice involved. It was just something personal for him. He knew her personally, so pretty simply there was no malice involved. It was not supposed to defile any memorial.”
Vinnie also addressed his brother's comments online, where he suggests autism is caused by vaccinations. Nolch said that while his brother's views make sense to him, he understands how they haven't been well received by the outside world.
"He reckons vaccines caused his autism," Nolch said.
"He's on the page that it's not men, it's autism causing people to be bad people."
Andrew was released on bail and will face court in August.
Vinnie says his parents have "completely disowned" his brother in light of his alleged actions.