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Wyatt DeBruin identified as Laura Szendrei's killer

01/23/2014 02:32 EST | Updated 03/25/2014 05:59 EDT
A Surrey judge has lifted a publication ban on identifying Wyatt DeBruin as the teenager who was convicted of killing Delta teen Laura Szendrei.

DeBruin was just days short of his 18th birthday when he attacked 15-year-old Szendrei with an iron bar as she walked through Mackie Park in Delta, B.C., on her way to meet friends in Sept. 2010. She died in hospital the next day.

He was sentenced as an adult in October 2013 and handed a life term, without chance of parole for seven years.

At the sentencing the judge noted DeBruin was adequately socialized, possesses above average intelligence and had sexually assaulted three women prior to murdering Szendrei.

While the young man's identity was already known to many in the community, his name was never publicly released until today because he was a young offender when he committed the murder.

His lawyer filed an application asking the judge to extend the publication ban in the interests of the man's personal safety, but on Thursday the judge rejected that application.

The judge did leave a ban in place preventing the publication of images of DeBruin.

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