The identity of the boy, who was 14 at the time of the killing, will be revealed today. Name suppression was extended until midday, so his parents can tell their youngest son.
What? Has the "youngest son" not noticed a bit of tension in the family? Did the "youngest son" not notice when his brother was arrested. Has the "youngest son" not wondered why his parents and brother have been going to the High Court in Whangarei every day for the last fortnight?
There have been some dreadful name suppression decisions in the last few months, but for its bizarre nature, this one takes the biscuit! Ah well; it's only 4 hours and 25 minutes as we type these words, and we can all know who the coward was who took the life of a vivacious young woman because he was afraid that she was going to report him to the Police.
We should all be deeply concerned by the Libby Templeman murder. That a then-14-year-old could take a life for such a trivial reason is chilling. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with Libby's family, spared the ordeal of another trial which looked a distinct prospect yesterday afternoon when the jury was deadlocked. May they get some peace knowing that justice has been done, even if it has not yet been seen to be done.
UPDATE: The suppression order lapsed 11 minutes ago, and the murderer has been named.