Family of murdered girl, 5, outraged as killer is living near schools

THE family of a murdered five-year-old girl have been left horrified after finding out that her killer is now living UNSUPERVISED near several schools.

Tim Kosowicz, who was then 22, was arrested in 2003 after he strangled Chloe Hoson to death in Lansvale Caravan Park, Sydney, before dumping her body in a nearby creek.

Despite admitting that he also molested the five-year-old's lifeless body, he managed to avoid a criminal conviction after telling psychiatrists that voices told him to kill her before being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The killer spent 15 years at the Morisset Hospital's forensic psychiatry ward before he was quietly released into the community in 2019.

Now, 18 years after the incident, he is said to be living within the vicinity of several schools – much to the horror of the victim’s family.

Peter Chalker, who is the uncle of the deceased, told 7 News: “It's got to be wrong. I mean, five schools, daycares in such close proximity.”

Kosowicz is reportedly living in a townhouse, within walking distance of a serval schools including Carlingford West Public and Carlingford West Kindergarten.

He also lives a stone's throw from a number of child care centres.  

Mr Chalker added: “To me, as her uncle, I feel that it's just a slap in the face to her. They're not caring about the victims.”

Terrified locals have since pressured authorities to change the laws so that when an offender does not get a conviction based on a mental illness verdict, community members can be told where they are and whether they are likely to reoffend. 

In response, the state government tried to quell concerns by stating that he could be shifted to a more secure location where his movements can be closely monitored. 

The Parents told 7 News on Monday that they did not know Kosowicz was living so close to their loved ones, and were shocked when they found out.

"It's scary, that's the first thing that came into my mind," one mother said.

Another, who has three daughters, said: "We should know who is living here, if there is any [person like this] here we need to know it."

‘A senseless killing’

The incident happened in 2003 when Chloe was playing outside and came bounding into her mothers caravan whilst she was cleaning.

After she was told her to go outside to play, Chloe ran over to Kosowicz's caravan next door to play with his cat.

It was there where Kosowicz admitted he strangled the little girl after she knocked over his bowl of cannabis. 

Chloe did not die immediately so Kosowicz covered her head in plastic bags, molested her and then dumped her body in a nearby creek.

Her corpse was found shortly after and he was subsequently arrested.

"She spilt my pot on the ground and then I lost the plot," Kosowicz said.

"Then I blacked out and next thing I was strangling her in my bedroom."

His sentencing proved controversial when the New South Wales Supreme Court found he was not guilty of murder due to mental illness.

Chloe's father Michael Hoson said at the time: “Change the system for starters. Regardless of whether you're sane, insane, whatever, you do the time.”

The decision left her mother, Karina Beharrell, with severe agoraphobia that meant she could not leave her house.

She had also previously slammed the state's decision to allow Kosowicz back on the streets without serving a single day in jail. 

“I felt like justice left the minute that he was allowed to come out,” she told 7News. 

“My heart's been heavy for a long time, but it's just gotten heavier since I knew.”


Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.

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