Iris Temperley, who died after being attacked.
Iris Temperley, who died after being attacked. Supplied Photo

Granny rapist's sentences reduced

THE family of a bashed and raped great-grandmother are disappointed the offender had his sentences reduced yesterday.

On Australia Day last year, 82-year-old Iris Daphne Temperley was going about her daily routine of raking her backyard when David Samuel Ray, who had been at a party during the night, decided to rob her house.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen told the Supreme Court in Rockhampton in September Mrs Temperley had suffered significant head injuries, fractured facial bones, broken nose, broken ribs, air in her lungs, collapsed lower lobes of both lungs, extensive swelling of the tongue, eyelids swollen shut and other injuries related to the rapes.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Ray to life in prison for one count of murder and two counts of rape, plus 15 years for the burglary at Mrs Temperley's house; two years for a hotel break and enter; three for burglary at another residence and one month for trespass.

Ray successfully appealed Justice McMeekin's sentences for the rape and burglary charges in the Supreme Court of Queensland on December 2, with the judgement handed down yesterday the rape sentences be reduced to 14 years and the burglary was reduced to three years.

Mrs Temperley's son, Alan, told the Morning Bulletin yesterday he wasn't surprised the sentence was reduced.

Three of Mrs Temperley's family members drove the eight-hour trip to Brisbane, spent an hour on the train and seven minutes in the court of appeal for Ray's appeal.

Mr Temperley said he had been advised by the Crown Prosecutors what was going to happen and what the likely outcome would be.

"The burglary we expected, but not the rape," Mr Temperley said.

All Ray's sentences were to be served concurrently, meaning he will still have to serve life for murder.

"It makes no difference except when he goes up for parole," Mr Temperley said.

He vowed he would be at Ray's parole hearings.

"Regardless of what's happened, it's never going to fix anything."

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