7 Jan 2015

Accused teens denied bail over killing

11:30 am on 7 January 2015

Two teenagers charged with murdering a man at an Auckland motel have been denied bail at an urgent hearing at the High Court in Auckland.

Wanted teenagers Leonard Nattrass-Berquist, left, and Beauen Wallace-Loretz.

Leonard Nattrass-Berquist, left, and Beauen Wallace-Loretz. Photo: NZ Police / Supplied

Leonard Nattrass-Berquist and Beauen Wallace-Loretz, both 17, were charged with the murder of Ihaia Gillman-Harris, who was 54.

The pair also faced charges of robbing Mr Gillman-Harris of cash, a mobile phone and his bank card as well as taking his Range Rover.

They appeared in court this morning where Justice Courtney declined bail, but said a fresh application for electronically monitored bail would be heard in two week's time.

Radio New Zealand was prevented from reporting the legal arguments.

Police had previously said security camera footage from the Ascot Motel in Epsom showed the pair checking in with Mr Gillman-Harris on 27 December.

About an hour later, Mr Gillman-Harris went to the reception to ask for help, but died later in hospital from what the police described as a blunt force trauma injury to his head.

Ihaia Gillman-Harris.

Ihaia Gillman-Harris. Photo: SUPPLIED / NZ Police