A serial killer and rapist is listed as the murderer of a 95-year-old grandmother in a nursing home.
Kathleen Downes was stabbed and had her throat slit in her retirement home in Brunswick, northwest Melbourne, on New Year’s Eve in 1997.
For the first time, it can be reported that then-state chief Ian Gray discovered in 2015 that the grandmother’s death was caused by Peter Dupas.
“I am pleased that the death of Ms Kathleen Gladwyn Downes was due to the actions of Mr Peter Dupas,” said Mr Gray at the time.
The findings were released Monday after coroner Paresa Spanos lifted a lengthy gag order.
Kathleen Downes (photo) was brutally murdered in a Brunswick nursing home by serial killer Peter Dupas
Peter Dupas (center photo) is already behind bars without the chance of parole
The original order was intended to prevent the findings from being published to give the now 67-year-old a fair trial.
Mr. Dupas represented himself via video link from prison to the coroner asking for the order to oppress to continue.
“I’m not a very good public speaker. I’ll do my best, “Dupas said Sydney Morning Herald.
He claimed he could change his ways “tomorrow, next week, next month,” and that disclosure of information could hurt his chances of a fair trial, but officials saw no reason not to lift the order.
“The public has a right to know the findings of Kathleen Downes’ tragic death,” said Attorney General Attorney Raymond Gibson.
Dupas’s trial collapsed last year, when star witness and disgraced attorney Andrew Fraser became too sick of cancer to testify.
Fraser spent time with the killer in jail after being jailed for cocaine smuggling, saying in an investigation that Dupas was referring to “the old sheila, Downes.”
Former lawyer Andrew Fraser (pictured) is seen leaving the Supreme Court after testifying at the 2007 Peter Dupas trial in Melbourne. He has since become too ill to testify
He also claimed that Dupas bragged about how he left no forensic evidence with the “old sheila.”
Ms. Downes’ body was found in a pool of blood by an employee on her bedroom floor after she was stabbed repeatedly and her throat slit.
It is believed that the killer sneaked into the house through a kitchen window.
Prosecutors believed Dupas was motivated to kill Ms. Downes because she looked like his presumptuous mother, whom he resented, the report said.
Mrs. Downes has been described as “a sweet old lady with beautiful nature” and the matriarch of the nursing home.
Dupas was interviewed about the murder in 2001, but declined to comment, and again in 2013.
Sergeant David Dimsey told Coroners Court that Dupas was the prime suspect because of his long history of violence against women, especially with knives.
Margaret Maher (pictured) was strangled and her left breast was cut off and put in her mouth. Peter Dupas was later convicted of her horrific murder
Dupas stabbed his teenage neighbor in 1968 while wearing his school uniform without warning.
He was caught in 1972 when he was peeking through a woman’s windows at the age of 19.
Later that year, he was charged with rape.
His victim was a married woman who he asked for help after claiming that his car had broken down at her house in Mitcham.
He hid in the house looking for a screwdriver and threatened her and her 18-month-old baby with a knife before raping her.
Dupas was just 21 when he was sentenced to nine years in prison with a five-year release.
He was released from prison on September 4, 1979 and immediately attacked four women in ten days.
Dupas raped and stabbed several women, and later told police that he had “the urge.”
Dupas killed the young female psychotherapist Nicole Patterson (pictured) and mutilated her body
“It’s just getting over me … there’s nothing I can do about it,” he told investigators.
Dupas was sentenced to only six and a half years in prison with a minimum of five years.
Four days after his release, he raped another woman.
This time, he went to 12-year prison with a minimum of 10 years for parole.
Inside, he married a nurse and claimed to be reformed.
But soon after, he was back at it and again sentenced to more prison terms after being caught rape after another attack.
He was released in 1996 and had murdered sex worker Margaret Maher in October 1997.
Mersina Helvagis was stabbed to death when she offered her grandmother’s grave
She was strangled and her left breast was cut off and put in her mouth.
Less than a month later, he murdered Mersina Halvagis while clearing her grandmother’s grave at Fawkner Cemetery.
Dupas stabbed her more than 30 times.
Less than two months later, he murdered Ms. Downes.
Dupas is serving three life sentences without parole for the murders of Mersina Halvagis, Margaret Maher and Nicola Patterson.