We can finally tell you the name of the young man who beat to death 15-year-old Laura Szendrei.
The judge has lifted the publication ban and we can now tell you his name is Wyatt DeBruin.
He is the man who hit Szendrei in the head with a pipe at Delta’s Mackie Park three years ago leaving her to die the next morning.
DeBruin was six days shy of his 18th birthday at the time of the murder, so he was charged as a youth, but citing the nature of the crime, the judge later sentenced him as an adult and after a delay, we can now reveal his identity.
Laura’s father Mike had few words outside court, “I don’t know what they’re protecting. He’s a murderer. Just treat him like everybody else. I don’t know what the favours are for for the guy. I don’t know.”
The judge did order a ban on DeBruin’s image after lawyers argued he has received threats.
The now-21 year old is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for seven years.