The mother of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared in 1986 has broken her silence, revealing for the first time that she came face-to-face with her daughter's killer without even knowing it.
Tess Knight told A Current Affair about the day that Michael Guider walked into her work place and asked her if she knew who he was.
The incident happened around the time Samantha Knight had gone missing, and long before Guider was convicted of her murder.
An intensely private Ms Knight chose to speak about the day as Guider may soon walk free.
“The reason why I’m willing to do this is because Micheal Guider has reached the end of his prison sentence,” Ms knight told ACA.
Samantha was last seen speaking to a male in Bondi in August 1986, her body has never been found.
Samantha was missing for 14 years before Guider was arrested over her disappearance. He was later charged with over 60 child offences and scrapbooks detailing Samantha’s media coverage was found in his storage facility.
The day that he walked into Ms Knight’s workplace she had no idea who she was speaking to.
“He was pleasant, reasonably charming, a little bit overly persistent,” Ms Knight said.
Ms Knight told ACA that Guider insisted they had an acquaintance in common.
“He referred to a common friend - said that he knew this person and we had met at her place,“ she said.
The next time Ms Knight would see Guider, was in a court room.
“I’d say it’s behaviour approaching stalking because he knew, he came and spoke to me knowing what he knew,”
Ms knight said that Guider has never revealed the full details of her daughter’s death and he shows no remorse for his actions.
“He could have told someone, there are steps that he’s made all along the way of criminality and heartlessness, and he’s continued that behaviour,” she said.
Guider has never revealed where Samantha’s remains are.
The Supreme Court is currently in the process of deciding if Guider should be released.
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