Michael Guider, 69, who kidnapped and killed Sydney schoolgirl Samantha Knight in 1986 and preyed upon other children across two decades, was released from prison in September last year.
Guider pleaded guilty in 2002 to the manslaughter of Samantha, who went missing after leaving her Bondi home for school on 19 August 1986.
But when he was sentenced for Samantha’s death, he was already imprisoned for numerous sex offences against more than a dozen other children between 1980 and 1996.
He was released from Long Bay jail in Malabar, Sydney, in September 2019 after the supreme court rejected a New South Wales government bid to keep him behind bars for another year.
At first, Guider was a resident at a jail-run half way house.
But as of March 2020, the sick paedophile moved out of the Nunyara Community Offender Support Program centre at Malabar and was placed in new permanent accommodation.
His location however, has not been disclosed.
This has angered Guider’s victims, who say authorities will not tell them where the sick paedophile is living.
Samantha’s body has never been found and Guider has shown no remorse for her manslaughter, which he once claimed was accidental and most recently said he had not committed.
His brother believed Michael, who is 13 months into a five-year extended supervision order, would find a way to return to his old ways once he was back in the community.
Tim told the Daily Mail: “He’s a hunter. And that’s what I think he’ll do. He’ll start out hunting.
“But he won’t be limping around or hunched over or looking surly. He’ll just walk around normally and he’ll talk to people. He’s a friendly, outgoing sort of guy.
“He’ll start to look for victims because honestly he can’t help himself.”
Lisa Giles, one of Guider’s victims who objected in the Supreme Court to his release last year, said that regardless of the conditions that he is forced to live under by law, “our children are not safe and our minds are not safe.”
She added: “If Michael Guider is free, given an inch, he will take a mile. He will take a child’s innocence, relish it in his hands and drink it like a fine wine.”
Another of Guider’s victims, Chantelle Daly, who has spoken out in the past about her experiences of being a six-year-old child when Guider drugged, molested and photographed her while he was supposed to babysitting, is also appalled that he is being to allowed to live a relatively anonymous life.
She said: “I think the fact he’s got any right to privacy or this second chance at being an unknown man is completely ridiculous.”
Chantelle added: “I could not imagine walking around, going about my daily life, and seeing him smack bang in the middle of the street. It’s always at the back of your mind. Every corner you turn, you’re like, are they going to be there? It’s just constant and it’s exhausting.”
Guider was already serving a 16-year prison sentence for 60 sex offence charges against children when he inadvertently confessed to killing Samantha to fellow inmate Frank Soonius.
Guider claims he never meant to kill Samantha and had been drugging her so he could sexually abuse her before finding her dead in his living room.
He then disposed of the body and has added to the agony Samantha’s grieving parents by refusing to admit where he put the body.