‘Personification of evil’: Michael Guider’s brother says killer will offend again

Sep 09, 2019
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Michael Guider's brother Tim (left) has claimed his sibling is capable of hurting a child again. Source: Twitter/ 60 Minutes Australia

The brother of convicted killer Michael Guider, who walked free from prison last week, has labelled his sibling an evil “committed paedophile” who will re-offend in a chilling interview just days after his release from jail for the manslaughter of young girl Samantha Knight.

Guider was controversially let out from behind bars on Thursday and placed on a five-year extended supervision order after serving 17 years in prison for the death of the nine-year-old. While many had campaigned for the 68-year-old to remain in jail, Justice Richard Button rejected the application and he was set free.

Now, sharing in the fears of Samantha’s mother Tess and Guider’s other victims, the killer’s sibling Tim has boldly claimed his “monster” brother has not been rehabilitated and could very well harm another child. Speaking to 60 Minutes in an exclusive interview, which aired on Sunday evening, Tim said he despises Guider and believes he never should have been released.

“It hurts me, it makes me feel sad for all his victims and all their families,” he exclaimed. “I didn’t think I would see this happening. I really didn’t. I don’t think it’s right.

“Physically, he’s quite capable, and I think he will be for the next 10 years of overpowering a child and taking them off without anybody knowing. He’s a committed paedophile, he really is. He looks like the personification of evil. And he is. He still is.”

Guider initially pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Samantha in 2002, 16 years after the little girl disappeared. However, he has since claimed that he did not kill her, adding that he will continue to deny responsibility for the rest of his life. The killer has also never disclosed the whereabouts of Samantha’s body, something which Tim said his brother will most likely keep a secret for the rest of his life.

“It’s the only power he has,” Tim exclaimed. “If you look at him just try to imagine what is going on in his brain and all the secrets that are in there that he won’t reveal.”

Tim isn’t the only one upset about Guider’s release with one of the killer’s victims Chantelle Daly, also speaking to 60 Minutes following his release. The woman said she feels let down by the system and once again fears for her life

“I’m really angry at this whole situation,” she explained. “Justice would be that he had a life long sentence because that’s what he gave us. There is no justice in him being released. Why should he be free? I just hate it. Hate him and I hate the system.”

Guider is now living in a halfway house attached to a prison and is made to wear electronic monitoring equipment 24/7, according to multiple reports. His movements are also being strictly monitored and he is not be allowed to go near daycare centres, preschools, schools, amusement parks, cinemas, libraries, camping grounds, playgrounds, pools and other recreational areas where children might be, unless approved by Corrective Services.

Sharing details of the conditions in court last Tuesday, Button claimed there was no more that could be done for Guider’s rehabilitation in jail, saying the right thing to do is to release him under a lengthy list of supervision orders. “The three experts highly experiences in psychology and psychiatry all agreed that the defendant’s risks can be reasonably managed under a stringent and lengthy system of supervision within the community,” Button explained to the court according to news.com.au.

Speaking to reporters outside NSW Supreme Court after the decision was handed down to release Guider on a five-year extended supervision order, Samantha’s mother explained her shock that Guider will not remain behind bars over the death of her nine-year-old child. Outraged that Guider would not carry out a longer sentence for the manslaughter of Samantha in 1986, mum Tess explained she wasn’t disappointed, just angry. Although she was glad the killer is placed under strict supervision, the mother claimed it’s not enough, with the family still searching for answers as to where Samantha’s body was left.

“We should all be shocked,” she told reports outside court. “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.”

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