Former victim organises Glenelg rally to protest her offender’s release

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By Rebecca Copeland | @beccopeland

Marchers have taken to the streets of Glenelg to protest the pending release of serial paedophile and killer Michael Guider.

Mr Guider was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 60 child sex offences in 1996.

In 2002, he received an additional 17-year sentence for the abduction and manslaughter of Samantha Knight.

Ms Knight was a nine-year-old Sydney girl who was drugged and killed after being abducted in August 1986.

Mr Guider claimed Ms Knight died when he accidentally overdosed her with Normison, the powerful sedative he used to drug her.

Samantha Knight’s disappearance was one of the largest missing child searches in Australian history, prior to the disappearance of William Tyrrell.

Mr Guider never revealed what he did with Ms Knight’s body, and his statements about the body’s whereabouts have been contradictory.

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Adelaide mum and former victim, Chantelle Daly (formerly Hamilton), has launched a campaign called ‘Knights Law’ to keep Mr Guider behind bars.

“I was Michael Guider’s last victim. He was the reason I started the petition for Knights Law,” said Ms Daly.

“I don’t think paedophiles and child killers should be released. Not just no parole. No body, no release.”

The campaign began after Ms Daly received a letter from the Victims Register in December 2018.

The letter informed her of Mr Guider’s pending release, with his sentence due to expire on June 6 2019.

“If you’ve killed a child, there’s no worse crime, and there’s no second chances. I don’t think you can be rehabilitated,” said Ms Daly.

In February, the NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman began court action to obtain a continuing detention order as well as a five-year order to place Guider under strict supervision.

“NSW has the toughest post-sentence detention and supervision laws in the country which make community safety the priority,” Mr Speakman told the Daily Mail.

Mr Speakman refused to comment further as the court is still hearing the matter.

Ms Daly is still awaiting a response from the NSW Government on whether these orders will be sanctioned.

“In jail, paedophiles into general population…they’re separated [from other prisoners] and get pathetic sentences,” said Ms Daly.

“This is personal because I’m a parent. The government is not protecting our children.”

Ms Daly instead praised the local police force for being “so great and supportive” when the last-minute Glenelg Rally was being organised.

Ms Daly said hundreds of people showed up, which inspired her to strive to do more.

The Knights Law petition has exceeded 100,000 signatures.

The next march will be held on May 25 at The Esplanade in Bondi.

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