Parents in Sydney will be sleeping less easy tonight after infamous killer and pedophile Michael Guider has been released from a prison today.
The 68-year old was convicted for killing schoolgirl Samantha Knight more than 30 years ago.
The notorious criminal walked free from Long Bay jail on Thursday afternoon after a bid to keep him in jail for another year, was rejected by the supreme court.
However, while Guider may be no longer behind bars, his movements will be closely scrutinised over the next five years. During this time, he will be under a strict supervision order with over 50 conditions, including that he will be electronically monitored 24 hours a day via an ankle bracelet.
Guider left the jail carrying two black garbage bags and an unruly beard. He will stay at a halfway house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Cold Blooded Killer
Guider has served 17 years for the manslaughter of nine-year-old Samantha, who disappeared from Bondi on 19 August 1986. He pleaded guilty to the horrific crime in 2002.
The victim’s body has never been found.
Attorney-General Mark Speakman was doing all he could to keep Guider off our streets.
But late on Wednesday night, Mr Speakman concluded any appeal would fail.
“So unfortunately and devastating for the families, I won’t be able to bring that appeal,” he told reporters before Guider walked free from the prison.
Guider will not be permitted anywhere near places where children group together – such as schools, swimming pools and cinemas. In addition, his internet usage will be monitored and he will not be allowed to change his personal appearance without permission.
“He is a high risk of reoffending which is why we have sought this order to watch him like a hawk,” Mr Speakman said.
It’s a bad day for Australia justice and devastating for the parents, friends and extended family of Samantha.
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