KILLER WANTS A LIFE
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.