Murder accused 'bashed' ex-girlfriends

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 05:00 10/11/2012
JJ Lawrence
JJ LAWRENCE: The two-year-old died at his home in Auckland in November 2011.
Joel Loffley
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JOEL LOFFLEY: The 29-year-old is accused of murdering two-year-old JJ Lawrence.

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Child murder-accused Joel Loffley admits "bashing" all his ex-girlfriends but said his violence was "never against the kids".

The Crown closed its case in the JJ Lawrence murder trial yesterday by playing offley's police interview.

Two-year-old JJ was killed on November 14, 2011 by a blow to his stomach that split his liver and pancreas in half.

Police asked Loffley if their enquiries would find any domestic violence in his past.

"All my ex girlfriends," he said, "I bashed them all up...but never against the kids".He later admitted to often giving his sons a "kick up the a....".

When police pointed out one of the those boys he kicked would have been two or three years old at the time, Loffley said: "I see where you're going with this."

Loffley said he had given JJ a kick in the pants in the past and called him "Domey" because he had a big head.

He said he swore around JJ, often telling his mum Josephine Lawrence she was a "useless bitch".

The Crown case is that Loffley struck JJ at their Orakei, Auckland, home while mother Josephine Lawrence was out of the house.

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 admitted it was strange that he gave JJ a shower then put him to bed after the accident, only shortly after the boy got up and before he had any breakfast.

Loffley said he was still stoned from the night before when he had four marijuana "spots" before bed at 11.30pm.

He said JJ was "fine" in the shower and they had had a "full-blown conversation".

Shortly after police pointed out that JJ only spoke single words, Loffley broke down in tears and ended the police interview.

Earlier, the court was told Loffley began insinuating his brother was responsible for the murder just minutes after he was arrested.

Loffley asked police why he was the only one in custody when he was not the only male at the house when JJ was hurt.

He insinuated his brother Gabriel Loffley may have been involved.

"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."

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

He said he had changed the SIM card in his phone because of all the death threats he had received over the case.

Defence lawyer Roger Chambers will indicate on Monday whether he wouldcall evidence or if Loffley would testify.

The case is expected to conclude in the middle of next week.

- Auckland Now

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