In the midst of this disgusting display, nowhere better exemplified than in comments threads at Kiwiblog, shines a beacon of gentle restraint, gracious recognition of human frailty and generous consideration for those one might assume to be opponents.
I'm taking about the post trial statement of Mr Weatherston Snr, the guilty party's father. Here is a man whose life has been ripped apart, whose heart obviously is broken by his son's hideous actions.
See what he had to say people and learn how to properly conduct yourselves.
"Our thoughts are very much with the Elliott family in their tremendous loss," Clayton Weatherston's father, Roger, said.
"Clayton Weatherston was our son and brother. We love him very much and will continue to do so, .....
....Family members were shocked by what he had done because it was out of character for the person they knew."
"We are very sad that we did not recognise that Clayton needed the help that he clearly does and hope that now, at least, he will receive it."