Child Killer Pedophile, Who Killed 9-Year-Old, to Walk Free from Prison
Michael Guider jailed for 60 sex offences against 12 children but will soon be freed
A convicted serial pedophile, who was jailed for killing a nine-year-old girl, among other horrific offenses, is due to walk free from prison.
Michael Guider killed Sydney schoolgirl Samantha Knight more than 30 years ago but is now due to be released from jail in the next few days after a judge rejected an application to keep him behind bars.
When Guider was jailed in 2002 for the kidnapping, rape, and death of Samantha, he had already been sentenced for 60 sex offenses against 11 other children in 1996.
On Tuesday, Justice Richard Button refused to keep 68-year-old Guider in prison and, instead, imposed a five-year extended supervision order with stringent conditions.
In 2002, Guider pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of nine-year-old Samantha who went missing after leaving her Bondi home on August 19, 1986, in a case that rocked Australia.
He has always refused to tell authorities what he did with the young child's body and her remains have never been found.
Several of Guider's surviving victims along with Samantha's mother Tess Knight and Guider's own brother Tim have pleaded for the serial child sex offender not to be released.
Speaking from outside the court, Ms. Knight said she was "shaking inside" after the decision to release Guider.
"We should all be shocked," she said.
"He hasn’t demonstrated that he's changed.
"So not only hasn't he told us what he did with Samantha's body - and there will be no body to find anymore, it's a long time - but he hasn't given me and my family and Samantha's friends any details of what happened that day."
According to the Daily Mail, Tim Guider had hoped his sibling could be coerced into revealing where Samantha was buried and confessing to further crimes against children.
"This is no normal person," Mr. Guider said.
"He's a monster and he's a danger and the community don't want him out."
Justice Button said the New South Wales Supreme Court hearing was to assess the risk Guider posed in the future, rather than imposing punishment for his prior offending.
He found that a further period of incarceration would not serve any rehabilitative purpose.
While it could not be said definitively that Guider's sexual interest in children had disappeared, the judge considered he had done all that could be done in terms of rehabilitation in a prison setting.
Three experts, highly experienced in psychology and psychiatry, had all agreed Guider's risk could be reasonably managed under a stringent and lengthy system of supervision within the community, the judge said.
He had taken note of Guider's good behavior when he was on escorted day leave from jail.
Guider's 17-year jail term has expired, but he was placed on an interim detention order which expires on Thursday.
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Guider will have to live under 56 conditions including wearing electronic monitoring equipment, providing a weekly schedule of his movements to a department supervising officer (DSO) from Corrective Services NSW and never changing his name.
Unless approved by his DSO, he must not go near daycare centers, pre-schools, schools, amusement parks, cinemas, libraries, camping grounds, playgrounds or pools.
The NSW Attorney-General had made an application for a one-year detention order.
When sentenced for Samantha's manslaughter, Guider was already serving time for numerous sex offenses against other children between 1980 and 1996.
Guider never publicly expressed any remorse for killing Sam - which he claimed was accidental - and has recently even denied any role in her death.
Samantha's 1986 disappearance from near her mother's home in Sydney's eastern suburbs led to one of the largest searches in Australian history and remained a mystery for 15 years.
Parents across the country changed the way they considered their children's safety as hundreds of thousands of posters were distributed featuring smiling images of the confident little girl.
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Samantha was one of perhaps scores of children aged two to 16 Guider molested over many years.
His usual method of offending was to drug then molest pre-pubescent boys and girls.
Many of his victims were the daughters of mothers he had befriended and he sexually assaulted them during babysitting sessions.
Guider took thousands of images of the children he violated while they were drugged.
Guider was serving a 16-year sentence imposed in 1996 for 60 offenses against 11 children when police realized he was responsible for one of Australia's most high-profile unsolved crimes.
He was arrested and charged with Samantha's murder in February 2001 but pleaded guilty to manslaughter under the weight of damning evidence including a confession to his brother Tim, a jailed armed robber.
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Guider had first molested Samantha when she was living with her mother Tess at Manly in 1984 and 1985.
He snatched Samantha from near her home in Imperial Avenue, Bondi, after school.
The honey-blonde, green-eyed girl had been seen that afternoon walking the streets in her uniform.
Within days Sydney was plastered with "Find our Sam" posters which described her as intelligent, outgoing and well-spoken.
Guider later claimed he had drugged Samantha with the sleeping pill Normison and she died of an overdose on his lounge while he went out to the shops.
He claimed he put Samantha's body in a dumpster containing landfill at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli on the other side of the harbor but investigators never found her remains.
Guider was sentenced in August 2002 to 17 years' prison with a non-parole period of 12 years for manslaughter.
He first became eligible for release in June 2014 when the State Parole Authority refused to let him out and determined he could seek freedom the following year.
Parole was again refused in 2015 at which time the authority decided it would not consider his release again until 2017. Guider did not seek parole in 2017 or 2018.
Tim Guider believes he knows where his brother buried Samantha and that if put before the NSW Crime Commission he would lead detectives to her grave.
He is convinced Samantha's body lies under or near a headstone bearing another Knight's name in a corner of the old Gore Hill Cemetery on Sydney's lower north shore.
Mr. Guider told Daily Mail Australia his brother had reluctantly admitted this year to visiting the graveyard with another of his child victims years after Samantha's 1986 disappearance.
He thinks while Michael was working next to the cemetery he moved Samantha's body there and arranged parts of a broken memorial to a long-dead woman named Sarah Knight to mark or point to her grave.
Mr. Guider said when he told Michael during a prison visit he "knew" Samantha was buried at Gore Hill Cemetery the serial pedophile began to tremble and was struck speechless.