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Mother of slain Sydney schoolgirl pleads for judge to keep 'dangerous' killer locked up

August 20, 2019. Tess Knight, the mother of slain schoolgirl Samantha Knight, speaks to the media outside the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney after reading a victim impact statement. Michael Guider, now 68, pleaded guilty in 2002 to the manslaughter of nine-year-old Bondi schoolgirl Samantha Knight. His 17-year jail term expired on June 6 but a 28-day renewable interim detention order was imposed to halt his release, with NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman now seeking a one-year detention order and a subsequent five-year extended supervision order. Ms Knight says the three victim impact statements presented the "trauma of living with Michael Guider from different points of view". "I haven't heard anything today that gives me reassurance that Guider would not be dangerous if he was released," she tells reporters.
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