Suspect in N. Zealand murder of Brit woman keeps name secret
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of murdering British tourist Grace Millane in New Zealand will continue to keep his name secret while a judge decides whether he can be publicly identified.
The 27-year-old man appeared Thursday in Auckland’s High Court. His lawyer argued his name should continue to be kept secret so he can get a fair trial, according to Radio New Zealand. A judge said he would make a decision later.
The case has highlighted the difficulty of courts maintaining secrecy in an age when information is quickly disseminated around the world.
Last year, some British media decided to name the man. Search giant Google then emailed the name to some users signed up for alerts on what’s trending in New Zealand, resulting in a rebuke from Justice Minister Andrew Little.