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