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A teenager who murdered a schoolgirl and left her half-naked in a creek was released from prison early

Teenager who knocked schoolgirl unconscious before strangling her, ripping her clothes and lowering her face down a stream to drown could be back on the street in MONTHS

  • Liberty Templeman, 15 was found dead in Kerikeri, New Zealand in 2008
  • Her murderer, Hermanus Theodorus Kriel, could be released from prison in November
  • He is eligible for parole after serving more than a decade of his life sentence
  • Liberty’s family is gathering evidence to keep him behind bars

The family of a schoolgirl who has passed out unconscious and has to die half-naked in a creek is afraid that her murderer could be released within a few months.

The body of 15-year-old Liberty Templeman was found on November 1, 2008 in the Wairoa Current near Kerikeri in New Zealand’s North Island.

Her murderer, now 26-year-old Hermanus Theodorus Kriel, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder and the indecent assault of the schoolgirl, known affectionately as Libby, in a jury trial in 2010.

But after serving more than a decade of his sentence, he was able to run free after November if the conditional board decides to release him.

The body of 15-year-old Liberty Templeman was found on November 1, 2008 in the Wairoa Current near Kerikeri in New Zealand's North Island.

The body of 15-year-old Liberty Templeman was found on November 1, 2008 in the Wairoa Current near Kerikeri in New Zealand’s North Island.

The victim’s family hopes to gather evidence that would see him behind bars.

Kriel was denied an early release in May after sitting on the parole board for the first time since his prison sentence.

Chairman of the Board Sir Ron Young felt that he was still an “excessive risk” after considering the facts set out in the trial and further discussion with Kriel.

He noted that the young perpetrator repented of the event, but stated that it was impossible to pinpoint the exact circumstances surrounding the crime.

Her murderer, now 26-year-old Hermanus Theodorus Kriel, (photo) was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder and assault in 2010.

Her killer, now 26-year-old Hermanus Theodorus Kriel, (photo) was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder and assault in 2010.

Her killer, now 26-year-old Hermanus Theodorus Kriel, (photo) was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder and assault in 2010.

“It is not quite sure what happened then. Mr. Kriel provided different versions at the time of the breach, “said Sir Young.

He also discovered inconsistencies surrounding allegations that the crime was sexually motivated.

Although the perpetrator denied making sexual comments to Libby, her family insisted that he questioned her and openly made sexual comments.

The parole board asked the family to gather evidence that Kriel’s sexual interest in their daughter may have played a role in her murder.

Authorities hope that anyone involved in the events can provide details to clarify the matter prior to the November hearing.

“Whether or not that information exists will to some extent further inform the psychologist’s approach to Mr. Kriel and our approach to his risk,” said Sir Young.

The parole board advised the perpetrator to have completed eight sessions with a psychologist and a safety plan has been drawn up and approved for his possible release.

Kriel was only 14 years old when he was arrested for the murder.

The family of the murdered schoolgirl Liberty Templeman (pictured) hopes to provide evidence to the New Zealand Parole administration that would keep their daughter's killer behind bars

The family of the murdered schoolgirl Liberty Templeman (pictured) hopes to provide evidence to the New Zealand Parole administration that would keep their daughter's killer behind bars

The family of the murdered schoolgirl Liberty Templeman (pictured) hopes to provide evidence to the New Zealand Parole administration that would keep their daughter’s killer behind bars

Despite being found guilty by a jury, the young perpetrator denied murdering Libby – and told the court at the time that it was a “terrible accident.”

The two left a friend’s house together to return to Kerikeri town after a barbecue.

Kriel told the court that Libby had slipped and fell on wet rocks when they walked into the river.

He claimed the two then argued and started hitting each other – causing Libby to fall again and become unconscious.

Krield claimed that he then panicked and dragged her into the stream, ripping off her clothes to make it look like she had been raped.

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