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Court identifies killer of Delta teen Szendrei 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Laura Szendrei, 15, died of injuries in hospital on Sept. 26, 2010 after she was found badly beaten in a Delta park. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Laura Szendrei, 15, died of injuries in hospital on Sept. 26, 2010 after she was found badly beaten in a Delta park. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

The man who fatally beat Delta teenager Laura Szendrei in a 2010 sexually motivated attack when he was 17 can now be identified, a B.C. Provincial Court judge ruled Thursday.

Wyatt DeBruin who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, killed the 15-year-old Szendrei in Delta’s Mackie Park.

The court heard how he had prepared zap straps and had intended to knock Szendrei unconscious to sexually assault her.

However, the court heard she was struck on the head multiple times and was still clinging to consciousness when friends located her on a park trail by following her screams, with the killer on her heels.

His picture, however, is still banned for publication due to safety concern.

“I understand that the ban on publishing images was imposed due to concerns relating to the safety of the accused, as well the potential for a negative impact on his ability to access programs needed to further his rehabilitation,” Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said.

In October, DeBruin was sentenced to life in prison with parole ineligibility for seven years.

 

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