Isn't it amazing the difference a shave, a haircut and a suit and tie can make? Meet (from left) Daryl Lee Fraser and Sean Ian Te Hira Selby.You'd think that butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, but you'd be wrong. We doubt that either of these two fine, upstanding gentlemen is looking quite so dapper just at the moment - Stuff reports:
After three trials, three appeals and an attempted escape to Australia, the identity of two teen killers can now be revealed.
A Court of Appeal decision released yesterday lifted name suppression on the men convicted of killing Darryl Graydon in Auckland two and a half years ago - Daryl Lee Fraser and Sean Ian Te Hira Selby.
In doing so the Court also lifted the veil on a previously hidden case in which Fraser stabbed another man in the neck just months before Graydon's killing.
In December 2007 Fraser and Selby, both aged 18, were walking home from a birthday party in Howick when they got into an argument with a group of 24-year-olds standing outside another party.
One of them, Mr Graydon, punched Fraser, who ran home with Selby, got three knives, and returned.
The pair found Graydon and a mate and taunted them by yelling "knifey, knifey" before chasing them. Graydon bled to death in the back of an ambulance having been stabbed five times - twice in the back as he tried to flee.
Fraser and Selby are nothing more than low-life street punks in our humble opinion. The community is a safer place for them being behind bars. And one wonders what was so special about this case that both convicted and imprisoned men were given name suppression for so long - read on:
Because of the appeals and a re-trial, their names were suppressed, but yesterday the Court dismissed their appeals, confirmed their convictions and ended name suppression.
In doing so, they also allowed the reporting of another case Fraser was involved in.
For the first time it can be revealed that just months before his part in the killing of Darryl Graydon, Fraser had attacked another group of youths on a bus with a broken bottle.
We can only surmise that Fraser and Selby had rich parents who could afford to engage a prominent lawyer to represent them, and could afford to dress them in fine suits and silk ties. Recent cases have shown over and over again that the well-to-do get name suppression whilst those lower down the social strata do not.
Fraser and Selby are killers; there is nothing more that can be said of them. The Court of Appeal has done all of us a favour by overturning the decision to suppress their names. We rather perversely hope that someone wherever these killers are incarcerated sees the photographs, joins the dots, and that Messrs Fraser and Selby find out what it is like to be the hunted rather than the hunters. Rough justice perhaps, but it might just be the wake-up call that these two young men need.