A man who admitted raping and murdering six-year-old Kylie Maybury in 1984 has been attacked in a Melbourne prison, with boiling water poured on his groin.
Gregory Keith Davies’ defence lawyer David Gibson appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Wednesday morning asking for an extension of time before his plea hearing and sentence.
Davies, 74, who is still being treated and is in ‘extreme discomfort’, did not appear in court.
Kylie had walked to the shops in suburban Preston East to buy sugar for her mother but never returned.
Her killer wasn’t identified until 2016 with a DNA match to semen found on her underpants.
Mr Gibson told the court Davies had been attacked at Port Phillip Prison in July and transferred to the Alfred Hospital until August 16.
He said Davies was still being treated for his injuries in custody and had only just got back onto his feet to be able to walk.
‘He is in extreme discomfort, he’s had skin grafts to 15 per cent of his body. Those grafts are now tightening up and causing him considerable pain,’ Mr Gibson said.
It is not expected that charges will be laid over the attack.
He sought an adjournment for a psychiatric assessment to be ordered and to find out what happened in the attack.
Crown prosecutor Mark Rochford argued the psychiatric report should be subpoenaed and the date not delayed.
He said Kylie’s family had already bought flights to Melbourne for the plea hearing, which was due to take place on September 21, and should not be inconvenienced.
Justice Lex Lasry said he couldn’t refuse an adjournment in the circumstances.
Davies admitted the November 6, 1984 sexual assault and murder on May 29 on what was supposed to be the first day of his pre-trial committal hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
The retiree’s guilty plea ended a three-decades-long mystery.
Davies will appear before the court on November 27.
THE KYLIE MAYBURY MURDER INVESTIGATION
November 6, 1984 – Kylie and her mum visit their neighbour Lorna Simpson on Melbourne Cup day and Kylie is sent to a nearby shop to buy sugar.
Kylie leaves the shop with the sugar but never makes it home. The alarm is raised and a search ensues.
November 7, 1984 – Police find the little girl’s body dumped in a gutter in Preston in the early hours of the morning.
Late November, 1984 – An anonymous caller tells police a white Holden Kingswood station wagon was involved in Kylie’s death.
1985 – Police announce a $50,000 reward for information. It’s later increased to $1 million.
May 1997 – A second anonymous caller nominates a person of interest, police say, without disclosing the name.
February 2001 – Convicted child killer Robert Lowe, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of another six-year-old, is DNA tested but cleared as the prime suspect in Kylie’s murder.
June 2016 – Gregory Keith Davies, 74, is arrested at his Waterford Park home and charged with the rape and murder of Kylie.
May 29, 2017 – Davies pleads guilty to both charges. Another charge was withdrawn by prosecutors.
Sources: Victoria Police, AAP file