Michael Guider pictured as he appeared when he was sexually molesting children
Child killer Michael Guider has cut off all contact with the outside world as he stays holed-up in a halfway house six weeks after his release from prison.
And his closest relative believes the sex offender is preparing himself to prey on prepubescent girls again.
Guider, who kidnapped and killed nine-year-old Sydney schoolgirl Samantha Knight in 1986, has refused to receive letters, phone calls or visits from anyone.
His brother Tim, who until earlier this year had been visiting the serial paedophile in jail, has been told he can no longer contact him.
‘His minders have said to me he doesn’t want contact with anybody from the outside world,’ Mr Guider said.
‘He’s trying to keep his secrets basically. He doesn’t want anyone to know where he is or what he’s doing.’
Michael Guider’s current home is the Nunyara Community Offender Support Program Centre in Sydney’s Long Bay prison complex, near where he was until recently imprisoned.
Tim Guider believes his brother is using his time at Nunyara to prepare himself for a time when he can commit sex crimes against children again.
He predicts Guider will drastically alter his appearance before he leaves Nunyara, including removing the long grey beard he grew this year.
‘He grew a kind of a bikie beard, so he could walk out looking mean,’ Tim Guider said. ‘That’ll go and then people won’t recognise him.’
‘He’s going to make himself look like Mr Average. They don’t want people to recognise him in the community because people will want to kill him.’
Child killer Michael Guider has cut off all contact with the outside world as he stays holed-up in a halfway house six weeks after his release from prison. He is pictured carrying two bags of belongings as he left Long Bay’s Metropolitan Special Programs Centre on September 5
Michael Guider is being housed at the Nunyara Community Offender Support Program Centre in Sydney’s Long Bay prison complex. Nunyara is a non-custodial facility providing interim accommodation for up to 36 recently released medium to high-risk male offenders
Michael Guider kidnapped, drugged and killed nine-year-old school girl Samantha Knight in 1986. She was snatched from near her home at Bondi and her remains have never been found
Mr Guider said his brother wanted to cut himself off from the outside world ‘so that he can operate again as a paedophile.’
‘He is worse than he was 20 years ago, not better,’ he said. ‘Imagine what lengths he’ll go to now.’
When Guider was filmed leaving prison on September 5 his most distinctive features were the beard and a basketball-size hernia hanging from underneath his shirt which caused him to waddle when he walked.
Tim Guider believed his brother would ensure that unsightly growth was also removed before he left the halfway house and would try to keep that secret too.
Under the terms of his release Guider must seek permission to ‘significantly’ change his appearance but his brother said the public would not be alerted if he did.
‘He could shave his beard off and say, “Whoops!” What are they gonna say? He could shave the whole thing off and there’s nothing they can do about it.’
Guider, who turned 69 on Sunday, was let go from the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre after serving 17 years for Samantha Knight’s manslaughter.
Samantha’s body has never been found and Guider has shown no remorse for killing her, which he once claimed was accidental.
Guider had previously been jailed for sexually assaulting 13 children from 1980 to 1996 and police are aware of other victims still too traumatised to come forward.
Tim Guider (pictured) predicts his brother will drastically alter his appearance before he leaves the halfway house he is staying in, including removing the long beard he grew this year. ‘That’ll go and then people won’t recognise him. He’s going to make himself look like Mr Average’
Guider’s fellow Nunyara residents are an unsavoury bunch but he will be the most high-profile occupant until some church or charity can be convinced to take him in. Finding a permanent home for the child molester may prove difficult. He is pictured leaving prison on September 5
His brother believed Michael, who his on strict parole conditions, would find a way to return to his old ways once he was back in the community.
‘He’s a hunter,’ Tim Guider said. ‘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. Not because he’s got some disease or something like that.
‘He can’t help himself because he hasn’t dealt with it. He hasn’t come to terms with it.
‘He hasn’t said “I’ve got this really bad problem and I’m going to get it off my chest now, get it out in the open and tell the truth about Samantha and everything.”
‘He’s not doing any of that. He’s not telling us anything. Because he wants to keep doing it.’
‘He’s still a paedophile. He’s not rehabilitated at all – not one little bit – and he won’t be until he fesses up and gets it out.’
Serial paedophile Michael Guider is holed-up in a secure facility surrounded by other sex offenders who cannot be safely placed in the community. His new home is a single room featuring a bed and a deskat the Nunyara facility (pictured) in the Long Bay prison complex
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said that until a place was found for Guider he would only leave Nunyara when escorted by staff to essential appointments. In the meantime he would be helped into adapting to life outside prison, where Guider has spent the past 23 years
Mr Guider believed it was unhealthy for his brother not to be in contact with him.
‘I’m flabbergasted that the people in charge of him cannot see the value in him being able to communicate with his brother,’ he said. ‘That is beyond me.
‘The first thing they should have done is talk to me. I’m all about finding Samantha and rehabilitating Michael but they don’t seem to be.
‘I want him to stop being a paedophile, nothing more. And I’m sure he can if he tries hard but he’s not even f***ing trying.
‘He’s not doing it and he’s not doing it because he has every intention of continuing. This guy is a danger. He’s very much a danger and now it’s become more complicated.’
Mr Guider said he had spoken with the management team responsible for his brother and was told they could provide no information about his circumstances.
‘I asked them, “Did you tell him that I’ve called” and they said, “Yeah, we did, and he doesn’t want any contact with anybody including you.” And that was that.’
Michael Guider has no other family and his brother said there was no one else from his past likely to contact him. ‘Everybody’s offside with him,’ he said.
‘He’s going to be completely on his own now, a complete loner. And everyone will be out for him.’
Finding a permanent home for a sex monster who drugged and molested perhaps scores of children in the 1980s and 1990s and is still considered a high risk of re-offending is proving difficult.
Until a suitable place for Guider can be found he will stay at Nunyara.
Nunyara (pictured) helps offenders build life skills by requiring them to cook, clean, budget, perform grounds maintenance and seek long-term employment and accommodation. Offenders receive supervision, support and case management while residing there
Nunyara is an indigenous word meaning ‘restored to health’ and the facility is part of Corrective Services NSW’s Community Offender Support Program.
It is a ‘non-custodial community-based service’ providing interim accommodation to medium to high-risk offenders and houses up to 36 men under supervision.
While some of Guider’s fellow boarders can leave Nunyara during daylight hours, he is confined to the centre until suitable accommodation can be found for him elsewhere.
Not all the parolees in Nunyara, which opened in 2008, are sex offenders but they are all men who have nowhere else to go after being released from prison.
That could be due to a lack of family and other support networks or even simply because of a short supply of boarding house rooms.
Recently released child sex offenders are considered even harder to place in outside accommodation than murderers.
Michael Guider is pictured left at Long Bay jail while visiting his bank robber brother Tim on Christmas Day, 1986, four months after he killed Samantha. He is pictured right clutching a Kodak film packet and developed photographs in 1984, the year he began molesting Samantha
A paedophilic pariah such as Guider would attract media attention which was unwanted by the residents and operators of even church or charity-run housing.
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said that until a suitable place was found for Guider he could only leave Nunyara when escorted by staff to essential appointments.
In the meantime he would be encouraged to adapt to life outside prison, where Guider had spent the past 23 years.
Guider’s freedom is subject to 56 strict court-imposed conditions overseen by a Corrective Services department supervising officer (DSO) for the next five years.
Some of these conditions are broad: ‘The defendant must follow all reasonable directions by his DSO or any other person supervising him.’
Some are specific: He cannot purchase, possess, access, obtain, view, participate in or listen to pornographic material classified X18+, R18+, Restricted Category 2 or Restricted Category 1.
Guider was released from the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre after serving 17 years for Samantha Knight’s manslaughter and moved to the nearby Nunyara Community Offender Support Program centre, which is also part of the Long Bay prison complex (pictured)
Guider must wear an electronic monitoring device and provide a weekly plan called a ‘schedule of movements’ three days before it is due to start.
He must not deviate from his schedule of movements except in an emergency or if there is a ‘reasonable explanation’ provided no later than 24 hours after that change.
He must always truthfully answer questions from his DSO or any other person supervising him about where he is, where he is going and what he is doing.
Guider’s next address – and any address thereafter for the next five years – must be approved by his DSO.
No other person can enter and remain, or stay overnight, at his approved address without the DSO’s prior approval.
He cannot go to any of the following places without approval from his DSO: day care centres, pre-schools and schools, amusement parlours, amusement parks and theme parks, cinemas, libraries and museums.
He cannot enter camping grounds and caravan parks, children’s playgrounds, parks and any areas with play equipment provided for children.
Guider claimed he had killed nine-year-old Samantha Knight (pictured) accidentally after he kidnapped the nine-year-old from near her Bondi home. Samantha’s body has not been found
He cannot go to pools, playing fields and sporting facilities, concerts, theatre shows, movies, events and activities intended for the entertainment of children.
And he cannot visit any residence where he knows that someone aged under 18 ordinarily lives.
Places used solely or mainly for the sale or display of sexually explicit material, or for providing sexual services or sexually explicit entertainment are also out of bounds.
Michael Guider, 68, served 17 years for the manslaughter of schoolgirl Samantha Knight
Even after he leaves Nunyara Guider must not possess or use alcohol or illegal drugs and submit to testing for both.
He cannot enter any licensed premises including hotels, bars and clubs – but excluding cafes and restaurants – without approval.
Guider must not approach or have contact with anyone he knows or ‘reasonably should know’ is under 18, other than ‘incidental contact in a public place’ unless he is in the company of an approved person.
The DSO can notify anyone Guider associates with who has children in their care of his criminal history and can stop him from seeing anyone he or she tells him not to.
If Guider wants to see a sex worker that can only be done with the approval of the DSO, who also must be told if he starts a romantic relationship.
He will need permission to join any club or organisation and any social media network.
He cannot change his name from Michael Anthony Guider – which Daily Mail Australia has previously revealed might not be his real name – without approval.
WHY MICHAEL GUIDER SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN RELEASED
Michael Guider has not revealed where Samantha Knight is buried, continues to pose a risk to children and has never shown any remorse.
Those who campaigned to keep the paedophile behind bars also believed he had not served enough time for his earlier crimes against girls and boys, some of whom have never come forward.
The man who knows Guider best – his brother Tim – tried desperately to keep him locked up.
‘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.’
Guider was already serving 16 years for child sex offences against more than a dozen victims when he pleaded guilty to Samantha’s manslaughter.
Lisa Giles, who was abused by Guider, pleaded for him to be kept in prison when she read a victim impact statement in the Supreme Court.
‘We are not physically safe if he is released – our children are not safe and our minds are not safe,’ Ms Giles told the court.
‘This is not a man who will fade into obscurity and potter humbly around his garden.’
‘His tentacles have such insidious reach. He’s not a one-trick pony and he’s not finished yet.’
Ms Giles had waived her right to anonymity after three decades to speak out for the first time in a bid to stop her abuser’s release.
‘Michael is relying on us all to assume that what’s done is done, and he’s probably quite smug at his success at avoiding being charged with any further crimes,’ she said.
‘And there are a lot of us. More of us than those who came forward to make statements, and even more still who could not use their experiences for the purposes of putting him into jail.
‘You might have been led to believe that what you experienced was ‘not that bad’ or that there is some kind of trauma hierarchy that you think you are at the bottom of. You are not. Everything counts.’
Samantha’s mother Tess told the court she was still haunted by her daughter’s last afternoon alive. She wondered if Samantha had said: ‘I want my mummy.’
‘Did she wonder where I was and why I wasn’t there to help her?’ she asked.
Ms Knight said Guider showed no remorse for killing her daughter and continued to drug and sexually assault more children after her death.
She had ‘imagined thousands and thousands of scenarios, over and over and over again’ regarding Samantha’s fate.
‘Was she so scared that she used the words of a younger child? Did she say ‘I want my mummy’? Did she tell him ‘I want to go home’?.’
‘Please don’t release him into the community until the time comes when we have no choice,’ she had asked the judge.
Chantelle Daly, another of Guider’s victims, said her abuser being allowed on day release and his classification as a model prisoner were ‘the ultimate slap in the face’.
She believed authorities underestimated the threat Guider still posed.
‘You’re a prisoner for horrific crimes. You’re in jail for committing the ultimate evil, you can’t be a ‘model prisoner’. It’s a disgusting statement,’ she said.
Forensic psychiatrist Jonathon Adams had agreed Guider still posed a high risk of re-offending.
He risked relapsing into sexual fantasies and urges if he saw children running around and had access to them, Dr Adams told the court.
Guider had been able to serve sentences for serial sex crimes against children concurrently, rather than one after the other.
He was jailed in 1996 after pleading guilty to 60 child sex offences including sexual intercourse without consent against 11 children – nine girls and two boys.
He was sentenced to a maximum term of 16 years.
In 2000 Guider was charged with eight more child sex offences involving two victims from the 1980s and sentenced to further terms of six and a half years and 12 months.
Those terms did not increase his maximum sentence.
Then in 2002 he pleaded guilty to killing Samantha and was sentenced to a maximum term of 17 years.
Ms Giles said: ‘Had Guider been serving his sentences consecutively, we wouldn’t be here today. He would be incarcerated for life.’