A man who was a teenager when he murdered a 15-year-old girl as she was walking home from school almost two decades ago has been released from jail.

The killer was only 16 when he stabbed Tania Burgess 48 times in a frenzied attack on the New South Wales Central Coast in 2005.

He served 17 years at Cessnock jail after the sentence was reduced on appeal.

Man released from jail after killing 15-year-old Tania Burgess two decades ago
The man, known only as “DL”, was released from Cessnock jail today. (9News)

The law protects the identity of youth offenders even after they turn 18, which means Burgess’ killer can only be referred to as DL and any images of him must be blurred.

The now 32-year-old man will face intensive supervision under 15 bail conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.

Man released from jail after killing 15-year-old Tania Burgess two decades ago
DL will face strict bail conditions. (9News)

“He gets to take no responsibility for anything that he’s done,” father Chris Burgess said.

Tania’s mother, Mandy Burgess, said she would never forget the face of her daughter’s killer, and says she has not had justice.

A teenage boy who murdered a 15-year-old girl as she was walking home from school almost two decades ago will be released from Cessnock Jail in Sydney tomorrow. The parents of Tania Burgess are now fighting to change the law, which has kept the identity of their daughter's killer a secret from the public.
Tania Burgess was walking home from school when she was killed. (Nine)
A teenage boy who murdered a 15-year-old girl as she was walking home from school almost two decades ago will be released from Cessnock Jail in Sydney tomorrow. The parents of Tania Burgess are now fighting to change the law, which has kept the identity of their daughter's killer a secret from the public.
DL was 16 when he killed Tania. (Nine)

“Whether he was a youth at that age or 16 or now in his 30s as a man, I’ll never forget it,” she said.

A petition for law reform is underway to see those responsible for heinous crimes identified regardless of their age.

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