Teen murder-accused apprehended

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Alleged murderer Beauen Wallace-Loretz has been found in Auckland. Photo: NZ Police
Alleged murderer Beauen Wallace-Loretz has been found in Auckland. Photo: NZ Police

Police have apprehended a teen accused of murder, four days after he cut off his electronic bracelet and went on the run.

Beauen Wallace-Loretz, 17, breached electronic bail from an Avondale property on March 5, at approximately 10.40PM.

Wallace-Loretz and 17-year-old Leonard Nattrass-Berquist are charged with killing 54-year-old Auckland man Ihaia Gillman-Harris who was attacked on December 27 at the Ascot Motel in Epson. Both teens pled not guilty in January at Auckland District Courts and were released on bail.

Police said Wallace-Loretz left the property with assistance from an associate, shortly after removing his electronic monitoring device. Correction staff said they had contact with Wallace-Loretz but were unsuccessful in persuading him to surrender.

Police continued to search over the weekend, visiting several addresses in Waikato and Auckland. Wallace-Loretz appeared in the High Court at Auckland on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Justice Christopher Toogood remanded Wallace-Loretz in custody until his trial on November 16.

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