Child killer now living near five schoolsCCTV footage released showing Tim Kosowicz carrying Chloe Hoson to a creek in western Sydney. Picture Channel 7.

A notorious child killer who suffocated a five-year-old girl after she accidentally knocked over his bowl of marijuana is living within walking distance of five Sydney schools.

Tim Kosowicz escaped jail and a conviction after he was found not guilty on grounds of mental illness in 2005 for killing Chloe Hoson.

Kosowicz lured Chloe into his caravan with a kitten at the Lansvale Caravan Park, in Sydney’s west, in November 2003. The diagnosed schizophrenic then used two shopping bags to kill her before interfering with her body and dumping her in a nearby creek.

He spent 15 years at Morisset Hospital’s forensic psychiatry ward for the brutal killing.

He was released into the community in 2019 but was recently spotted living unsupervised in a townhouse in Carlingford, in Sydney’s northwest.

According to 7 News, Kosowicz lives near Carlingford West Public School, OneSchool’s Global Sydney Campus in Oatlands, Carlingford West Kindergarten, The King’s School, and Cumberland High School.

Parents living nearby told 7 News they were concerned about his presence.

“It’s scary, that’s the first thing that came into my mind,” one parent said.

“I have three daughters,” another added. “We should know, who (is) living here, if there is any criminal here we need to know it.”

The NSW government said it does not comment on specific cases.

Kosowicz gave a full confession to the crime and told psychiatrists voices in his head told him to kill.

Hoson’s grief-stricken mother blamed herself for the death of her daughter, saying in 2018 she wishes she had never removed the little girl from her sight.

Karina Beharrell’s last painful memory of Chloe was when the five-year-old burst through the door to ask her a question.

“I was tidying up at the time. I told her to leave me alone, to go outside and play,” Chloe’s mother Karina told 7 News through tears.

“If I’d just listened to what she had to say to me, I would have told her no.

“I often think — did she even cry out for me at least once? Did she even get the chance to cry out for me?”


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