An petition has been started on Petitiononline.com calling for justice for Liberty Rose Templeman, the 15 year old schoolgirl who was brutally murdered and sexually assaulted in Kerikeri, New Zealand on 1 November 2008.
Her attacker, a youth who was 14 at the time of her death, was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve 11.5 years before he may apply for release.
The petition states:
“To: Solicitor General, New Zealand
We, the undersigned, wish to bring to your attention the lenient sentence imposed upon Theo Kriel on 23/3/2010 in New Zealand.
He was convicted of MURDER and INDECENT ASSAULT upon Liberty Rose Templeman, then just 15yrs old.
The sentence given was a Life Sentence with a non-parol period of just 11.5yrs.
This sentence needs to be reviewed and changed.
We are urging you to please bring heavier penalties to criminals. The sentences given are too light, and not a true reflection upon the feelings of law-abiding citizens.
So far it has attracted more than 340 signatories, some of whom have left comments showing the great depth of feeling the case has generated and how much Liberty was loved by those who knew her.
They also demonstrate a very strong dissatisfaction with the criminal justice system in New Zealand which is often seen as too lenient on youth offendeers:
- Liberty Rose Templeman was as free and beautiful a spirit as her name suggests. She was brutally taken from us by Theo, 11.5 years does not do her justice.
- Words cannot express how I feel about this. I am a friend of Liberty’s grandmother. If this petition is a help to Liberty’s family then I hope it is successful.
- Libby was a lovely, kind girl that was nothing but nice to everyone, she helped me alot, whenever she could. In no way did she ever deserve anything like this to happen to her, the boy responsible needs to be punished far more so he can maybe begin to realise the pain her family and close friends went through.
- libby, you’ve touched the hearts of so many people all over the world! I hope justice is found and a longer sentence is given.
- Is this the New style “New Zealand Injustice system” , Why bother living by the law if this is all your gonna get!!
- I would like to say what message does this send out to NZ’s young offenders? YES it DOES say you can take a life and you will be out of prison while you are still young. HOW dare they know that just because they are young, they can take the life of beautiful people and destroy their victims and their own families and basically get a slap on the wrist. YEAH RIGHT 11.5 years he wont even be in there that long i bet, its DISGUSTING.
- All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- I personally believe that Theo Kriel was let off far too lightly for the horrific crimes that he commited, 11.5 years with no parole will not change anything and he should get the full sentance of 25 years. New Zealand’s legal system needs to toughen up and make life MEAN life.
- Liberty has been stolen from us all, her innocence & dignity violated. The person guilty of this should be punished to reflect the severity of the crime.
- For Libby and all victims of crime.
- Our sentencing and non-parol periods in New Zealand are a complete ass. As a kiwi I’m bloody embarrassed. Sorry Lib.
- she was a great person who always saw the good in peoble, we all miss you libby such an amazing girl xxx
- Deterrents are important – 11 years is not sufficient.
- Everytime a lenient sentence is given we create a new and more dangerous precedent, that increasingly devalues life.
- The justice system is to soft in New Zealand. The youth have no respect for authourity, no matter how much time and effort is put in by parents. This time is undermind by goverment and their laws. This needs to be reviewed urgently to prevent the next generation being more violent at an even younger age.
- “Theo murders my niece, and gets 11.5 years! He will be out in his twenties and be able to get married, have kids how is that right? I watched him lie in court, show no remorse, and give no apology for his actions. What message does this sentence send? Does it tell the young people of this world that its ok to kill and be found GUILTY, you’ll get 11.5 years in prison AND still be able to have a life one that LIbby , my niece will never have.
- this sentence is a joke and embaresses me to be a kiwi. i was part of the search and there when her father was given the news. we need to correct this poor decision and and regain some control of our country.
If you’d like to add your name to the petition it may be found here http://www.petitiononline.com/Libby/petition.html
A Facebook page “Rest in Peace Liberty Rose Templeman” has also been started, it has 490 members and may be found here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=34166654076