Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another bizarre name supression

The Herald reports that a 16-year-old youth has been found guilty of the murder of Libby Templeman. He can't be named however; Justice Raynor Asher suppressed his name until midday today - here's why:

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.


Barnsley Bill said...

I disagree with you on this one.
I had absolutely no issue with the suppression order in this case and let me tell you why. Since this poor stupid soul was formally arrested back in 2008 he has been locked up.
Public safety is the reason I am so opposed to stupid acts of name suppression.
As you know I live up in Kerikeri and this case has been disturbing for the entire community, we all knew who he was and many of us know the father. It was a tragedy beyond comrehension for the templeman family but knowing his name wou;ld have made no difference whatsoever to anybody else.
One point of interest in all this though. The media made a huge deal of naming him when they could which shows that Cam Slaters campaign to get the suppression laws changed is having an effect on the media.

Inventory2 said...

BB - I had no issue at all with the suppression order up until the verdict. It was the extension to the b=next day which I was criticising, as the reason given by the judge defied logic. Un the press yesterday morning, Libby Templeman's father was bemoaning the fact that even though Kriel had been convicted, they could not mention his name.

As far as the tragedy goes, I couldn't agree more; two families have been traumatised by Kriel's stupidity.