The teen who stabbed a fellow partygoer to death over a kiss can be named for the first time.
Theodore Derrick-Hardie was just 17 when he pulled out a knife and stabbed Warren Rosillo at a birthday party last year.
Derrick-Hardie had initially pleaded not guilty to murder but changed his plea on Monday morning, the day his trial was due to start at the High Court in Auckland.
The court heard this morning how Derrick-Hardie carried knives in the months leading up to the killing and discussed stabbing people on the social networking website Facebook.
On July 29 he and his ex-girlfriend were at a birthday party in the east Auckland suburb of Pakuranga.
Crown prosecutor Warren Cathcart told the court that Derrick-Hardie's ex had been flirting and talking with Mr Rosillo before Derrick-Hardie asked her to leave with him.
They went to the front of the property where an argument broke out. Mr Cathcart said Mr Rosillo stepped in.
Derrick-Hardie accused his ex-girlfriend of being unfaithful. She responded by kissing Mr Rosillo who returned the kiss.
Derrick-Hardie grabbed Mr Rosillo by the neck, and stabbed him in the chest, face and abdomen.
Mr Rosillo died at the scene.
Derrick-Hardie was arrested the next day at the Heritage Hotel in downtown Auckland.
He will be sentenced in September.
- APNZBy Edward Gay @edwardgay Email Edward