After a long wait of 32 years, the bereaved mother of six-year-old Kylie Maybury came face to face with her daughter’s alleged killer, Gregory Keith Davies. Davies, 73, was accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering the child.

Davies appeared before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday in a dark green T-shirt and flanked by two guards. He was placed in the glass dock of court one and spoke only to magistrate John Hardy, indicating that he could hear. Before the committal mention on September 29, Davies will undergo a DNA test.

Julie Maybury, Kylie’s mother, drove from a rural location to see the alleged assaulter and murderer of her daughter for the first time.

“I never gave up hope of justice for Kylie, but I still couldn’t believe it when the detectives initially told me they had arrested a man and later that he had been charged,” she said. “There has never been a day since 1984 that I haven’t thought about Kylie and looked for ways to get justice for what happened to her.”

The murder allegedly took place on November 7, 1984. But the incidents that occurred the previous day entailed charges of rape and false imprisonment, the Herald Sun reported. Kylie was sent to a Food Plus store to buy sugar, from where she was abducted.

Decades ago, Davies moved in with his brother Alf who lived in a caravan at the rear of a house right opposite Sunday’s Creek. Alf was doing handiwork for a widow who lived in the house and when Davies joined in, the brothers started painting the house together. Alf died of throat cancer and Davie continued to live at his place. After some time he and the widow got married, despite being 17 years younger than her.

The wife, who will turn 90 this year, was heard crying loudly on Thursday after Davies was arrested. She had to be consoled by her son who arrived later in the afternoon.

“She is completely devastated,” the WA Today quoted a family member as saying. “And she’s in two minds. She doesn’t want to believe it.”