ANDREW NOLCH COURT
A protest outside court has marked the scheduled appearance of the Melbourne blogger accused of defacing a memorial to slain comic Eurydice Dixon.
Ms Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered as she walked home through a Carlton North park after performing a comedy gig in the city on June 13.
Flowers piled up on the Princes Park sports field where Ms Dixon's body was found and the makeshift memorial was visited by thousands.
But just days after her death, the memorial was defaced with lewd markings late at night.
Former comic Andrew Nolch linked himself to the graffiti on his Facebook page in July and he was charged by police.
Nolch was due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday but his case was administratively adjourned, meaning he didn't appear before a magistrate.
A trio of protesters were present outside court in support of Ms Dixon with a sign that read: "Good men stand with victims".
They included comedian Kirsty Mac who knew Ms Dixon personally and said her death had affected others in Melbourne's comedy scene.
"We could've been that woman going home from a gig," she told reporters.
"I know a lot of women don't want to go and do gigs anymore."
Nolch, who is on bail, is charged with criminal damage, offensive behaviour and marking offensive graffiti. He is expected to return to court at a later date.
The graffiti was discovered ahead of a public vigil planned for Ms Dixon on June 18.
Fire crews used high-pressure hoses to remove the paint and the vigil went ahead. Thousands turned out with candles and flowers to pay their respects.
A 19-year-old man was charged with Ms Dixon's rape and murder.