JJ murder accused shifted blame

22:29, Nov 08 2012
JJ Lawrence
JJ LAWRENCE: The two-year-old died at his home in Auckland in November 2011.

Within minutes of being arrested, murder accused Joel Loffley was insinuating his brother was responsible for the murder of two-year-old JJ Lawrence.

Police interviews with Loffley were played to the High Court at Auckland today in which Loffley asked police why he was the only one in custody.

He said he was not the only man at the house when JJ was hurt and he insinuated his brother Gabriel Loffley may have been involved.

Joel Loffley
JOEL LOFFLEY: The 29-year-old is accused of murdering two-year-old JJ Lawrence.

"I'm not the one who's jealous of my relationship with my stepson," he said.

Loffley said he had raised his brother Gabriel and called him his son.

When asked directly if he was saying Gabriel had hurt JJ, Loffley said: "No, my son wouldn't do that."


The Crown case is that on the morning of November 14, 2011, while JJ's mother Josephine Lawrence was out of the house, Loffley struck the boy so hard in the stomach it split his liver and pancreas in two.

Doctors said the injuries looked like they had been caused by a car crash.

Loffley has insisted JJ fell off a bed and his legs went over his head when he hit the ground.

In his police interview, Loffley said on the morning of JJ's death he was still stoned from the night before.

He said he had four "spots" before bed at 11.30pm.

Asked if he had any problems arising from his marijuana use he said: "Just lazy."

Asked if he had mood swings from the drug he said: "Only when I don't have any."

Loffley said he was "dumbfounded" when he heard the extent of JJ's injuries.

He did not perform CPR on JJ when he found the boy unconscious.

Asked if he pressed on JJ's stomach as part of CPR, he said: "No, Gabriel did."

The trial continues.

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