Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - RACHEL RI­LEY

THE 16-year-old youth ac­cused of the stab­bing mur­der of Ta­roona fa­ther-of-two Reid Lud­wig will spend Christ­mas be­hind bars after plead­ing not guilty in court. The high school stu­dent will next ap­pear in Fe­bru­ary.

THE teenager ac­cused of mur­der­ing Ta­roona fa­ther Reid Lud­wig will spend Christ­mas be­hind bars, with his next court ap­pear­ance sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary.

The 16-year-old, of Black­mans Bay, pleaded not guilty to one count of mur­der on Mon­day at his first ap­pear­ance in the Ho­bart Mag­is­trates Court, which was closed to the me­dia and the pub­lic.

He can­not be iden­ti­fied un­der Tas­ma­nian law.

The high school stu­dent was re­manded in cus­tody and his case was com­mit­ted to the Supreme Court for trial.

He is sched­uled to ap­pear next at 2.15pm on Fe­bru­ary 3.

He is ac­cused of at­tack­ing Mr Lud­wig with a knife in front of his young fam­ily about 2.50pm on Sun­day.

Mr Lud­wig was re­turn­ing a trailer to the Coles Ex­press petrol sta­tion in Black­mans Bay when he was al­legedly stabbed dur­ing a mi­nor al­ter­ca­tion.

The fa­ther-of-two later died in the Royal Ho­bart Hospi­tal.

It is a tragedy that has left the south­ern Ho­bart re­gion shocked, with Mr Lud­wig’s friends and other com­mu­nity mem­bers con­tin­u­ing to share their grief on­line.

One woman, who wrote on Face­book about how she had hol­i­dayed with Mr Lud­wig and his fam­ily, de­scribed his death as the “sad­dest news”.

“We were in shock,” the post said. “You hear about in­ci­dents but never think it’s your friends.

“We al­ways en­joyed your com­pany and sense of hu­mour and ad­ven­ture.

“You will be sadly missed. We can only hope that jus­tice will be served.”

Another man who went to Hutchins School with Mr Lud­wig, but was in a dif­fer­ent year, said it was an “ab­so­lutely tragic story”.

“By the sounds of it a great guy taken too soon,” he wrote.

“I feel for his fam­ily and friends. The world re­ally doesn’t make sense some­times.”

In another cruel twist, a fake on­line fundrais­ing page ap­peared in Mr Lud­wig’s mother’s name less than 24 hours after the 41-year-old died.

The page was quickly shut down.

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