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Murder-accused teens partied after assault

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/04/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Beauen Wallace-Loretz (left) and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13px;">Leonard Nattrass-Berquist</span> © NZ Police Beauen Wallace-Loretz (left) and Leonard Nattrass-Berquist Two teens accused of fatally bashing a gay man in an Auckland motel, went to a party hours after he died.

Leonard Nattrass-Berquist and Beauen Wallace-Loretz, both 18, are charged with the murder and robbery of Ihaia Gillman-Harris, 54, at the Ascot Motel in Epsom on December 27, 2014.

Nattrass-Berquist was cross-examined by prosecutor David Johnstone at the High Court in Auckland on Thursday.

An earlier witness for the Crown had said in a statement he was with the two teens on the night of December 27, hours after Mr Gillman-Harris died in surgery at Auckland Hospital.

They had gone to a party and the two boys were acting normally, Wallace-Loretz was in a sociable mood, he noted.

By the teens' own admission, it was not until the next morning they found out Mr Gillman-Harris had died, by which point, the witness said their behaviour changed, they looked worried and would not say what was wrong.

The defendant told the court he went to the party because he had "just been putting a face on".

He started crying in court as he recalled calling his mother after he found out the older man had died.

Mr Johnstone suggested the defendant's story had changed significantly since that phone call, that he initially told his mother his life was over, that he had since reordered the events in the motel to fit the evidence.

Texts between the two teens in the hours before Mr Gillman-Harris' death - while driving with him and drinking - appeared to plan a violent robbery, he said.

"Your actions and Mr Wallace-Loretz's actions that night simply panned out the way you planned."

The defence says the two teens were forced to defend themselves against Mr Gillman-Harris when he made a sexual advance in the motel room and a fight ensued.

The crown says the attack was planned through text messages and the pair wanted to beat and rob a gay man.

The trial continues.

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