A MAN convicted of the brutal murder of Orange teenager Dearne Nonnenmacher on Christmas Day 1990 will have his first hearing with the NSW Parole Board on Thursday.
Jonathon Davison, who was a close friend of Ms Nonnemacher, who was aged 18 at the time of her death, worked with her at an Orange hotel.
The then 21-year-old was sentenced to 21 years' jail in September 1992 with a non-parole period of 14 years.
He strangled and stabbed Ms Nonnenmacher before burning her body in a bin on Mount Canobolas.
Before handing down his sentence in 1992, Justice Wood told Katoomba Supreme Court Davidson's crime had been "one of the utmost viciousness and gravity".
Orange was rocked by the murder, after initial reports that Ms Nonnenmacher had simply gone missing.
Following a tip-off from Davison himself, who was the last person to see Ms Nonnenmacher alive, an extensive search was launched by police and volunteers in the Mount Canobolas area, where her body was eventually discovered.
It is believed Thursday's hearing will be closed to interested parties, however, Ms Nonnenmacher's family has lodged a submission objecting to Davison's early release.
The Central Western Daily has learnt the family will not be able to appear at Thursday's closed hearing but will be able to do so at a public hearing.
It is believed the date for that hearing will be set on Thursday.