RELATIVES of a 19-year-old man accused of the rape and murder of a grandmother sobbed and called out “I love you darling” after he was committed for trial yesterday.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy, in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court, said she was satisfied after a three-day hearing there was sufficient evidence to send David Samuel Aubrey Ray to the Supreme Court at Rockhampton for trial.
There were emotional scenes inside the courtroom, with family members sobbing loudly and calling out “love you” to Ray as he was led into custody.
Ray is charged with the murder of Iris Temperley after she was found with severe facial and head injuries in her backyard on Australia Day this year at her George Street home.
Mrs Temperley died seven days later.
Ray also faces two counts of rape and one each of grievous bodily harm, entering a dwelling with intent to commit an offence, stealing a fire extinguisher, breaking and entering, and burglary.
All the charges relate to alleged incidents on the morning of January 26.
He also faces unrelated charges of stealing and trespassing.
Ray did not enter a plea and a trial date has not been set.
Yesterday the court heard from four witnesses who said they had seen Ray heavily intoxicated, struggling to keep his balance, and urinating in the middle of the street on Australia Day.
Joshua Benjamin Storch said he woke up to a “racket” going on outside his home.
Ray tried to enter his home and he had told him to “get lost”.
On Tuesday Detective Sergeant Nick Williams, of the Rockhampton CIB, told the hearing that during an interview on February 8 Ray said he had flashbacks of knocking on Mrs Temperley's door and pushing her over.
The court also heard on Wednesday that a fire extinguisher was found near her body.
But Dr Nathan Milne, after examining Mrs Temperley, said he was unable to determine whether a fire extinguisher was used as a weapon.
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