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Teen motel killer earlier attacked a man

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/11/2016
Beauen Wallace-Loretz, 17, is on the run. © NZ Police Beauen Wallace-Loretz, 17, is on the run.

A teen who murdered a man in an Auckland motel room had assaulted someone else just months before - but police dropped the case against him.

Beauen Wallace-Loretz, 19, was along with 20-year-old Leonard Nattrass-Bergquist in April convicted of murdering and robbing 54-year-old Ihaia Gillman-Harris at Epsom's Ascot Motel in December 2014.

But just months before the killing, Wallace-Loretz was one of four people who attacked Puhoi man Mario Koch, leaving him with a serious injuries to his face, including a fractured eye-socket.

The police case was closed due to lack of evidence, but then reopened four months later in January 2015, after the murder charges were laid.

On Tuesday, Wallace-Loretz pleaded guilty to assault - specifically punching Koch once - although he won't serve any extra time on top of his current life sentence.

Mr Koch, who was attacked while trying to intervene at a drunken party Wallace-Loretz attended, has said he believed the murder may not have occurred if police had laid charges over the assault and that the investigation was not thorough enough.

The three other people involved in the attack have also pleaded guilty.

Comment has been requested from the police.

Police earlier this month admitted they had let Jo Pert's killer, Tevita Filo, off with a warning after finding him stalking a couple with a knife in his car the night before the Auckland mother of two was fatally stabbed.

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