Satanic-inspired schoolgirl set free
March 09, 2012
A woman who stabbed a grandmother 26 times in a frenzied satanic ritual in the Noosa National Park is out of prison and living back on the Sunshine Coast.
Sarah Fotini Bird was jailed for attempted murder after the brutal attack on New Zealand grandmother Dulcie Brook in 1999 but was released on parole on December 5 last year.
The girls .. had been loners, and had kept diaries of their satanic beliefs
The Journal understands as a condition of her parole Bird must remain in Queensland and cannot travel to other states.
The Journal also understands there are no restrictions preventing Bird returning to Noosa National Park.
In 1998 the region was shocked by the news two satan-worshipping teenage lesbians had brutally slashed Ms Brook in broad daylight.
Bird and her accomplice, Aleaha Jade Schipper, stalked the New Zealand grandmother, then 60, as she walked through the park, before Bird attacked her from behind, slitting her throat and stabbing her 26 times. Schipper bashed Ms Brook across the head with nunchucks before the pair then threw her body down a bank.
Miraculously, Ms Brook survived when she was aided by bushwalkers.
Ms Brook, who now lives in Christchurch, said she had forgiven her attackers and Bird's return would not stop her from visiting the Sunshine Coast in the future.
"I'd forgiven the girls a long, long, many a long year ago," she told the Journal this week.
"I just wish them well. I'd hoped once she (Bird), got out of prison that everything would be closed."
Director of the Office of the Commissioner for Queensland Corrective Services Ross McSwain said he could not comment on individual cases but parole conditions might include an alcohol ban and not contacting her co-offender Schipper.
Bird's parole termination date is in July 2014.
The court heard it was not remorse that saved Ms Brook's life, but the failure of a blunt carving knife.
During the trial in 1999, Crown prosecutor Peter Ridgeway told the court Bird had been "amused, excited, challenged, stimulated by what she had done".
Details of the teenage girls' lesbian affair and their interest in satanic rituals were also revealed during the court case.
The girls had attended Buderim's Matthew Flinders Anglican College, had been loners, and had kept diaries of their satanic beliefs.
Schipper was sentenced to 11 years' jail for causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and Bird to 20 years for attempted murder.
On appeal, Schipper's sentence was reduced to nine years and Bird's to 16 years.
Schipper was freed in 2005.
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