Tyrone Reith-Myers believed he had found what he was looking for in life when he sparked up a relationship with a pretty young blonde.
The young Geelong boy, south of Melbourne towards Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast, had always gone out of his way to help people, but had struggled with his own personal demons.
The mad keen AFL fan took his life on Anzac Day 2019 – six years after he fell in love with Jessica Dixon.
It was the same day the Magpies defeated the Bombers in an epic four point victory that saw then coach Nathan Buckley booed by rival fans.
Police found a folder on Mr Reith-Myers’ computer with messages sent to him by Jessica Dixon (pictured) and videos he made two days before his death
The pair had been in a relationship since 2013 and Dixon admitted she had known lover Tyrone Reith-Myers (pictured) had mental health issues at the time.
On Thursday, Dixon was sentenced over a series of cruel texts she sent to Mr Reith-Myers leading up to that day.
Just a couple of years younger than her boyfriend, Dixon had known full well her partner had not been in a good place when she literally began pressing buttons.
‘You should kill yourself,’ she texted him.
‘Neck yourself, slit your throat.’
‘No one wants you around.’
The correspondence in my view was cruel, it was vicious, it was threatening, it was intentional, it was calculated, it was persistent, it was vile …
A Geelong magistrate said he felt ‘ill’ upon reading the messages this week.
Dixon may well have walked away from Mr Reith-Myers’ suicide without ever having to answer for the hell she had put him through.
The messages had been found by his sister Kelsey, who uncovered a folder called ‘Abuse I cop’ on her brother’s iCloud account after his death.
Inside, she found a series of text messages from Dixon her traumatised brother had kept.
Along with the messages, she found two videos recorded just days before Mr Reith-Myers would suicide.
The videos showed him holding his hand to the camera with some of Dixon’s messages sprawled across it.
‘Loved by none,’ one read.
‘Neck yourself Tyrone,’ said another.
Jessica Dixon was condemned for the barrage of abuse she heaped upon her boyfriend
Tyrone Reith-Myers and his sister Kelsey in happier times. She had found evidence of Jessica Dixon’s atrocious behaviour after his suicide
Tyrone Reith-Myers and his beloved dog. He took his own life in 2019
Between December 2017 and April 2019, Dixon told her ex-boyfriend ‘you should kill yourself’ ‘no-one wants you around’, ‘slit your throat’ and ‘neck himself’
The telltale signs of Mr Reith-Myers’ despair had been there for all to see years earlier.
‘Remember you are my number one, our hero, our everything,’ his mother posted to his Facebook page in January 2016.
‘Your going places and we are very proud of you and what you have achieved in your life, especially recently. Love you with all our hearts mum.’
Dixon knew all too well her boyfriend was vulnerable.
She had attended several mental health appointments with him herself that had touched on his condition.
Dixon had been set to contest a series of charges related to her alleged behaviour in the County Court of Victoria, which has the power to impose larger sentences.
A deal from Victoria’s Office of Public Prosecutions saw her plead guilty to just one charge in the lower magistrates’ court.
That charge – using a carriage service to menace – even in the magistrates’ court carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison.
Police had initially charged her with stalking, which carries a 10-year sentence.
On Thursday, Dixon walked free from the Geelong Magistrates’ Court without conviction on a one-year community corrections order that requires her to perform 100 hours of unpaid work.
Tyrone Reith-Myers (left) and his family
Magistrate Simon Guthrie had talked a tough game, condemning Dixon for her ‘vile’ offending.
‘The correspondence in my view was cruel, it was vicious, it was threatening, it was intentional, it was calculated, it was persistent, it was vile for such a prolonged period of time making it very difficult for me to consider you a “beautiful soul who wants the best for everyone”, “dependable, kind, thoughtful and considerate”,’ he said.
Such were the terms used to describe Dixon by her posse of mates who provided character references to the court.
One mental health ‘expert’ told the court Dixon herself needed no further treatment for her own mental issues and presented a low risk of reoffending.
‘At the moment there is no evidence of thought disorder. She is coherent, she is logical … there is no impairment to her cognitive functioning,’ the expert claimed.
When pressed by prosecutor Damien Hannan as to how that assessment came to be, the court heard Dixon had been spoken to on the phone that morning over a 25 to 30 minute period.
Magistrate Guthrie made it a condition Dixon undertake mental health treatment all the same.
‘I’ve had regard to, notwithstanding, the opinion of Corrections (Victoria) you being a low risk of reoffending, however I’m not entirely convinced about all of that,’ he said.
Tyrone Reith-Myers (forth from right) in happier times with his family
Magistrate Guthrie said the texts had made him feel sick, the Geelong Advertiser reported after Dixon’s guilty plea.
‘I haven’t read such threatening and aggressive messages like this, not this consistent.’
Dixon’s barrister Sandra Wendlandt insisted her client had already been punished by the death of her former lover, which had ‘traumatised’ her.
‘It’s something she will live with for the rest of her life and that is significant,’ she insisted.
‘She has shown maturity since the event and obtained assistance.’
Mr Reith-Myers’ mum Lisa had provided a powerful victim impact statement to the court outlining her grief over the loss of her son.
‘When Ty fell in love, I wanted it to be reciprocated and with someone who wasn’t OK with losing him,’ she said.
‘I am crushed with a heaviness and sadness that I can’t describe; it can only be felt by me. All he wanted was to be loved and every time he tried he was knocked back by the one person who was supposed to be close to him.’
Despite accepting an element of remorse in Dixon’s guilty plea, Magistrate Guthrie said he didn’t really believe she was sorry for what she had done.
‘Although (her) admissions, I’m not entirely convinced about remorse,’ he said.
In sentencing, Magistrate Guthrie accepted Dixon had no previous criminal record, was young and had continued family support.
‘Ms Dixon, I wish you nothing but the best to move on but I want you to bear in mind the corrections order in place,’ he said.
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