2 Jan 2015

Teens remanded on murder charge

1:55 pm on 2 January 2015

Both of the teenagers charged with murdering a man at an Auckland motel nearly a week ago will apply for bail on Monday.

Ihaia Gillman-Harris.

Ihaia Gillman-Harris. Photo: SUPPLIED / NZ Police

Leonard Nattrass-Berquist and Beauen Wallace-Loretz, both 17, appeared at the Auckland District Court this morning before a Justice of the Peace.

They are charged with murdering Ihaia Gillman-Harris, 54, who died in Auckland Hospital just hours after suffering a head injury in his motel on 27 December.

Family and friends of the two young men were in the public gallery to see them appear.

As well as the murder charge, they face charges of aggravated robbery and taking a vehicle.

The pair handed themselves in on Wednesday after police named them and released photos to the media.

The pair have been remanded in custody and are due back in court on Monday when their lawyers, Murray Gibson and Johnnie Kovacevich, are expected to apply for bail.

Police have previously said security footage from the Ascot Motel in Epsom shows the pair checking in with Mr Gillman-Harris shortly before he suffered a head injury that proved to be fatal.

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

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