The Kerikeri murder of a schoolgirl
whose family emigrated from England to give her a better life has
triggered headlines in the British media.
The Sun newspaper reported Liberty Rose Templeman, 15, was found
after being reported missing by ex-boyfriend Connor Brough
It said Connor
paid tribute to her on the Bebo website, saying: “RIP Baby. Even
if you didn’t love me any more, I know you’ll always be there.
“I now have something to fight for, to be famous for.”
The killing was covered in a wide range of news media, from the
BBC to Edinburgh’s Scotsman newspaper.
The Daily Express reported Libby’s parents, Andrew Templeman, 47,
a property developer, and his wife Rebecca, 46, sold their
$NZ670,000 home to move abroad for a “better life” for Libby and
their son Billy, 12.
The family, from Brightlingsea, in Essex, had emigrated to
Kerikeri three years ago, and former neighbour Christine Roxburgh
said: “They went for a better life, with the children in mind”.
Friends and former classmates from Colne Community School in
Brightlingsea paid tribute on social networking websites, The Times
Laura Herbert posted a message on the wall of a Facebook group,
Remembering Liberty, saying: “Libby was special to everyone and I
know from me and everyone who knew her at Colne, we are
“You were loved by everyone and especially you didn’t deserve to
go like that. R.I.P Libby.”
Another friend, Tasmin Oakley, wrote: “She is and always will be
a beautiful, talented and lovely young girl. Libby, you will never
be forgotten, babe. You did not deserve this. Rest in peace.”
Relatives, friends and former neighbours in Britain said the
teenager wanted to be an actress.