MYSTERY surrounds a social network profile that has appeared on the 25th anniversary of the murder of a Sunderland schoolgirl.
The Facebook page in the name of Gaynor Batty uses a school photo of the 14-year-old, who was snatched from outside the city’s Crowtree Leisure Centre on December 20, 1988.
The account, which has three ‘friends’, was created on December 6 and was still on the social networking site at the time of going to press.
Gaynor’s parents, George and June, told the Echo they had no idea who might be behind the profile, which features a single status update with the cryptic message “On my way to start the human defence system see you all there”, posted on the day the page was set up.
Mr Batty said he would be concerned if the site was abusive, but was confused why anyone would have made it.
He added: “I have no idea. It might be one of her old school friends.”
One Echo reader got in touch to say she thought it was distasteful and had reported it to Facebook administrators.
She said: “No idea who did it, but as she was murdered 25 years ago, it’s a vile thing to do.”
David Lawson, of Thorney Close, was jailed for life after admitting murder and was found guilty of raping Gaynor following a trial.
Lawson, who was 20 at the time, beat Gaynor to death before dumping her body on top of a multi-storey car park at the leisure centre. He was ordered to spend at least 16 years in jail.
He was subsequently the centre of controversy after spending thousands of pounds worth of taxpayers’ money to fund a judicial review into breaches of his human rights.
Speaking to the Echo in 2009, Mr Batty slammed the move as a “waste of cash”, adding: “He talks about human rights – what about the human rights of the victims?
“No one ever seems to talk about them any more.”