The Herald reports:
Death threats for Libby killer
The teenager who was yesterday unmasked as Liberty Templeman’s murderer has received death threats on the internet.
Tall (1.9m) Hermanus Theodorus Kriel, known as Theo, posted a webpage in July 2008, four months before he killed 15-year-old Liberty.
Within hours of a judge lifting his name suppression yesterday, dozens of angry messages appeared about the boy.
One person wrote: “You are going to find out what HELL is like you sad little selfish disrespectful murdering lying prick.”
Another comment said: “I hope he rots in hell.”
A third person said: “Hope you get a cell with a big smelly gangster who makes you his ass bitch.”
The media like labelling things as death threats, but to my mind, these are not death threats. They are, shall we say, strong expressions of (understandable) anger.
In my mind, you need two elements for something to be a death threat:
- It should actually make a threat of death. There is a difference between saying I hope you die, and saying I will kill you.
- It should be communicated to the individual by phone, post or e-mail etc. A rant on a Trade Me forum is not a threat, for example.