Alleged Motel Murderers out on bail (as I predicted)

Beauen Wallace-Loretz and Leonard Nattrass-Berquist, via NZ Herald / supplied

Beauen Wallace-Loretz and Leonard Nattrass-Berquist, via NZ Herald / supplied

Granted, it is ‘strict’ electronic bail, essentially house arrest.  But really, how do they monitor things like no drugs and alcohol?   These kids would normally spend their lives in front of a computer or TV.  This is hardly smart, and you can bet your bottom dollar that they won’t stay put.

Leonard Nattrass-Berquist and Beauen Daniel George Wallace-Loretz, both 17, appeared today in the High Court at Auckland over the death of 54-year-old Ihaia Gillman-Harris on December 27 at the Ascot Epsom Motel.

On January 7, the pair were denied bail but their applications for electronically-monitored (EM) bail – on stricter terms – were granted by Justice Mark Woolford this afternoon in front of a public gallery packed with family and friends of the teens.

EM bail requires a defendant to remain at an approved address at all times and be monitored by Corrections for up to 24 hours a day.

For an application to be granted, a judge must be satisfied that the public, witnesses, victims and the people who will share the address are safe from the defendant.

Justice Woolford ordered both to serve a 24-hour curfew with family members – Nattrass-Berquist on the North Shore and Wallace-Loretz in west Auckland.

Both were barred from using alcohol or drugs.

This too will come to tears.


– Rob Kidd, NZME

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