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Waipouri killer's Bebo page a mystery

Fri 15 Apr 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News

Corrections is confident a Bebo page purporting to belong to one of the men responsible for the vicious killing of Stanley Waipouri has not been updated from a jail cell. Ashley Benjamin Arnopp, 24, was jailed in 2007 for his part in the murder of gay Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri, who was kicked, punched and stomped to death for over an hour. His body was found with the tip of his penis and an earlobe missing. Arnopp will spend at least 15 years in jail for the killing, as was his accomplice Andre Gilling. A Bebo page under Arnopp's name was set up in July 2009 and used between then and October last year. "I'm currently living in Linton [prison] but its algood... to all u fallahs leave me a message!!" the page says. A picture of Arnopp standing next to Gilling, has "dick head and me lol" written below it. The page says Arnopp is engaged to a 21-year-old Feilding man named "Chris M", whose page says he was "happiest when on the phone 2 my baby and writing him letters. I love my man so dont f– with us. were 2 purebreed cykoz". Prisoners are banned from the internet and Manawatu Prison manager Peter Howe has told the Manawatu Standard Corrections is confident Arnopp's page was not being updated from prison. "Social networking sites require no verification of a person's identity, and as such can be created on behalf of a person or fraudulently. "Arnopp has told his principal Corrections officer that he is aware of a friend posting 'something on the net' in his name some time ago. "In addition, he has never been suspected of having, or found to have had, a cellphone in his possession since his arrival in prison in July 2007," Howe said.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 15th April 2011 - 3:02pm

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