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Laura Szendrei, 15, died in hospital after she was attacked in a Delta, B.C., park on Sept. 25.
Laura Szendrei, 15, died in hospital after she was attacked in a Delta, B.C., park on Sept. 25.

Court allows name of Laura Szendrei’s killer to be published Add to ...

The name of a young man who was sentenced as an adult for killing a 15-year-old girl in a park near Vancouver is no longer covered by a publication ban.

Twenty-one-year-old Wyatt DeBruin pleaded guilty to killing Laura Szendrei in a park in Delta in September 2010 and was sentenced last fall to life in prison.

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DeBruin, who was just shy of his 18th birthday when the crime happened, was sentenced as an adult, but his lawyer applied for a temporary publication ban on his name.

His defence lawyer, Donna Turko, confirms the publication ban is now lifted, though a ban on photographs of DeBruin remains in place.

Szendrei was beaten as she walked through a forested area of Mackie Park to meet a group of friends, who heard her screams and rushed to find her.

The teen was beaten so severely she died the following morning in hospital.

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