Nearly 33 years of hell are “nearly over” for the mother of a six-year-old girl raped and murdered in 1984, after her daughter’s killer finally admitted his guilt.
Gregory Keith Davies, 74, entered a plea of guilty on Monday to the rape and murder of Kylie Maybury on Melbourne Cup day in 1984.
Kylie was sent out to buy sugar and never returned home.
Julie Maybury says that when she heard Davies’ plea of guilty, she felt shocked and numb inside.
“I just broke down,” she told reporters outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
“I’m so totally over the moon that he’s done it.
“It’s been 33 years and he’s put me through hell.”
His admission brings a sense of long-awaited relief, she says.
“It’s just made life so much easier and all the victims out there who’ve lost their children, I can understand exactly where they stand,” she said.