Before being charged with the
murder of toddler JJ, Joel Loffley told police any
inconsistencies in his statements were due to shock and being
under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
A videotaped police interview with Loffley was played to a
High Court jury in Auckland today.
He is charged with murdering two-year-old James Joseph Ruhe
Lawrence, nicknamed JJ, who died last November after
suffering horrific injuries at his Orakei home.
During the two-hour police interview, Loffley admitted to
having hit children and women. He also talked about anger
management problems and issues with drugs and alcohol.
Detective Alexander Headifen, the arresting officer,
conducted the interview.
Loffley, who had moved in with JJ's mother Josephine Lawrence
in June 2011, admitted he had kicked two children. He laughed
about the incidents during the interview.
"Kick up the bum's aye, no good. It's better than I used to
get," Loffley said.
"I used to get smashed over with lighters, with ash trays."
When asked about JJ, Loffley momentarily admitted he had
kicked the two-year-old before retracting what he said.
"So busy stoned every day. I can't remember.
"I don't recall kicking him up the arse."
Loffley's brother Gabriel and his partner Jessica Peat were
also a living at the Auckland state house.
But the interview was carried out after police executed a
search warrant at his then residence in Mangere.
Questions around Loffley's relationship with JJ and his
mother were put to him by police.
Details around Loffley's abusive past were also called in
during the interview.
He admitted to having slapped Ms Lawrence and also strangling
and hitting another woman with a vacuum pipe.
Loffley told Detective Headifen he had been enrolled in an
anger management programme to help with his issues.
He also said he smoked cannabis to help him sleep at night
and was stoned the night before JJ died.
Inconsistencies between what Loffley said, his previous
statements and accounts from others were also highlighted
during the interview.
Loffley said he found out Ms Lawrence was pregnant a week
before JJ died.
Earlier Loffley told police he had taken on more
responsibilities with JJ after learning she was pregnant.
But in the taped interview, the 29-year-old denied taking on
more responsibilities or changing JJ's nappies - something
which Ms Peat, Loffley's brother's partner, had said in her
own statement to police.
"I'm spending time with him while she's [Ms Lawrence] in the
room," Loffley said in response to questioning about his
interaction with JJ.
"I'm trying to show him how to play PSP [Playstation] and
stuff like that."
Loffley also pointed out he had been drinking before speaking
to police previously, and had been drinking heavily the night
before the taped interview was conducted.
"You know that when I took that statement I had some alcohol
and a spot aye," he said in reference to a previous
"I'm not saying that anything I've said is wrong. If it is
contradictory then you know it's only because I was in
Detective Headifen asked Loffley what he did with baby JJ on
the day he died.
Loffley said he had cuddles with the two-year-old and played
with him in bed.
"I wasn't rough with JJ," he told police. "I was getting hoha
at the mum cos she was yelling at me to get up.
"And I'm like 'I don't wanna get up'."
The trial resumes on Monday.