Sentence for rape reduced

THE son of raped and murdered 82-year-old Iris Temperley said he was not surprised a court had reduced some prison sentences of his mother's attacker.

Mrs Temperley was going about her daily routine on Australia Day last year when David Samuel Ray robbed her house and attacked her.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Ray, who had pleaded guilty to the charges, to life for murder and rape, plus 15 years for the burglary, as well as a string of other property offences.

Ray successfully appealed the rape and burglary charges in the Supreme Court of Queensland this month. The judgement handed down yesterday reduced the rape term to 14 years, and the burglary to three.

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

"It makes not difference except when he goes up for parole.

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

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