The mother of a Melbourne girl who was raped and killed while out buying sugar says she can finally move on after her daughter's "monster" murderer was jailed for life, 33 years later.
Gregory Keith Davies, 75, raped, strangled and drugged six-year-old Kylie Maybury after luring her into his car in Preston on Melbourne Cup day, 1984.
Kylie's body was found the following day, dumped in a gutter just 650 metres away from Davies' Preston home, where he was living with his mother.
He was only arrested and charged in 2016, after voluntarily providing detectives with a DNA sample, which was a match to that found on Kylie's clothes.
Davies will serve 28 years in jail before being eligible for parole.
Outside court today, Kylie's mother, Julie Ryan, said she did not think she would live to see her daughter's killer sentenced.
"He's a monster, you can't call him anything else but that," she said.
"But you know what? It's all over now.
"My daughter and I can move on … we can all be together as one big happy family again."
Ms Ryan said she was pleased Davies was unlikely to ever be released.
"I'd like to kill him myself," she said.
She said Kylie was remembered as a "little princess" and a precious member of the family.
'I wonder how you were able to do that'
In sentencing, Justice Lex Lasry said Davies had treated Kylie with absolute contempt.
"They were terrible offences ... this child did nothing except walk to a shop and at the age of six years she lost her life in the process," he said.
Davies had initially been ruled out as a suspect when he provided police with an alibi.
He maintains he cannot remember raping and murdering the young girl despite pleading guilty at the start of his committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court last May.
But Justice Lasry said he found it impossible to believe Davies couldn't remember it.
He said he believed Davies may not wish to recall what he had done.
"You lied to police for a time, you kept what you had done to yourself for 33 years.
"I wonder how you were able to do that."
A previous hearing was told Kylie's grandfather killed himself in the wake of her death while under suspicion of involvement, and several years later her uncle also took his own life.
Earlier this year, Davies was attacked by fellow prisoners, who threw boiling water on his neck and groin.
It is expected he will remain in protective custody to protect him from being targeted, due to the notoriety of his offences.
Justice Lasry said Davies' conditions in custody had already been difficult and he expected that would continue to be the case.
Gregory Davies sentenced to life for rape, murder of 6yo Kylie Maybury in 1984 Emma Younger Dec 21 2017Tweet