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Manly Cemetery, where Guider liked to photograph Samantha Knight and other children
Michael Anthony Guider is an Australian child molestor who was imprisoned on sixty charges of child sexual abuse in 1996. He received an additional sentence in 2002 for the manslaughter of Sydney girl Samantha Knight.
1 Early life
3 Samantha Knight
4 Renee Aitken
5 Application for parole
7 See also
10 External links
Michael Guider was born on 20 October 1950 in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He and his mother moved to Sydney in 1952. His mother had an unstable relationship with an army cook who was an alcoholic. A brother, Tim, was born in 1953. The two boys spent time in institutions because their mother was unstable and unable to look after them. Guider later told prison psychologists that he was sexually abused by his mother and at a boys’ home.
In the 1970s Guider was charged with various offences after setting fire to a shop owned by a woman he had had a relationship with. Guider had worked as a gardener at the Royal North Shore Hospital, and over the years had developed a keen interest in Aboriginal culture and sites around Sydney. He had earned some respect as an amateur expert on the subject and his material had been used and acknowledged in at least one published book.
Guider was arrested in May 1995 for child sex offences. In September 1996 he was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 10 years on 60 charges against 11 children. His usual modus operandi had been to babysit the children of women he knew and sedate them with the sleeping drug Normison. He would then molest and photograph them while they were asleep. He received a fixed term of six years and six months’ imprisonment in 1999 for 11 further charges against two other children, with the judge ordering that six months of the sentence be served cumulatively.
Samantha Terese Knight was born 25 March 1977. She lived at Manly with her parents, Tess Knight and Peter O’Meagher, but they separated at an early stage. Samantha then lived with her mother in Bronte. By 198