This grub mur­dered a girl, hid her body but now wants to go free


CON­VICTED killer Derek Sam is fight­ing to be clas­si­fied a lowse­cu­rity pris­oner to pave the way for pa­role, 18 years af­ter he mur­dered Sun­shine Coast school­girl Jes­sica Gaudie and hid her body.

Sam has taken the Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices depart­ment to the Supreme Court to chal­lenge his high-se­cu­rity rat­ing at Lo­tus Glen Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre in the state’s far north.

Sam, who is also sus­pected of two other mur­ders, wants to at­tend ex­ter­nal med­i­cal ap­point­ments and take com­pas­sion­ate leave of ab­sence with­out hav­ing to wear hand­cuffs and re­straints.

Let­ters from his lawyers to Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices say Sam has bowel cancer that re­quires reg­u­lar check-ups in hos­pi­tal and chemo­ther­apy treat­ment.

A low-se­cu­rity clas­si­fi­ca­tion would also be a step to­wards his re­lease on pa­role, court doc­u­ments show. It would also pro­vide “an in­cen­tive to main­tain his good be­hav­iour and work to­wards ob­tain­ing a low-se­cu­rity place­ment”.

The Pris­on­ers’ Le­gal Service wrote to Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices on Sam’s be­half in April to ar­gue for his clas­si­fi­ca­tion to be re­duced. “It will im­prove his chances of pa­role as it is specif­i­cally stated as a con­sid­er­a­tion to be taken into ac­count in as­sess­ing whether to re­lease a pris­oner,” so­lic­i­tor He­len Blaber wrote. A Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices man­ager, Roberta Em­brey, replied in May that Sam would re­main high se­cu­rity, and Sam has asked the Supreme Court to or­der a re­view of the de­ci­sion. Jes­sica Gaudie, 16, went miss­ing while babysit­ting Sam’s three young chil­dren at Nam­bour in Au­gust, 1999. A jury con­victed him of mur­der in 2001 and he be­came el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in June 2015. Court doc­u­ments show he con­tin­ues to deny in­volve­ment and re­fuses to do a sex­ual of­fend­ers’ course be­cause he has no con­vic­tions for sex­ual of­fences. New “no body no pa­role” laws will ham­per any at­tempt for re­lease be­cause Sam has never re­vealed the lo­ca­tion of Jes­sica’s re­mains.

WANTS OUT: Sus­pected se­rial killer Derek Sam (main), was con­victed of killing 16-year-old babysit­ter Jes­sica Gaudie (inset) in 2001.

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