A teenager who murdered a 15-year-old girl nearly 20 years ago while walking home from school is being released from Cessnock Prison in Sydney on Monday.
Tania Burgess’ parents are now fighting to change the law, keeping the identity of their daughter’s killer a secret from the public.
Tania’s parents go to great lengths to reveal his identity.
The teenager who stabbed their daughter 48 times is now a man about to walk free, 17 years after the frenzied attack on Foresters Beach on the NSW Central Coast.
Known only by his initials, “DL,” the 32-year-old has sealed his identity because he was just 16 when he committed a murder.
“He should not take responsibility for what he has done,” said her father, Chris Burgess.
Tania’s mother, Mandy Burgess, said she would never forget the face of her daughter’s killer, saying she has had no justice.
“Whether he was young at that age or 16 or now in his thirties as a man. I will never forget it,” she said.
“What I care more about is that he won’t hurt another family like he did to us.
“There is no justice. It’s just a legal system that we abide by.
“What happened to Tania, there is no justice. Nothing about what happened to her and what we saw that day is justice.”
Victim attorney Howard Brown believes that people convicted of murder, rape and gang crimes involving children between the ages of 14 and 18 should be identified by name.
“If they’re hiding under a veil of anonymity, there’s no encouragement for them to participate in drug addiction programs because as far as they’re concerned, nobody knows, so nobody cares,” he said.
A petition for law reform, which would make exceptions for the most heinous crimes, now has nearly 150,000 signatures.
Once released, “DL” will be under intense surveillance.
A total of 15 bail conditions, including wearing an electronic ankle for surveillance, have been deemed “necessary” by the state probation service to protect the community.