Anastasia Neve and David Clark.Photo / Facebook
A man who beat and killed Dunedin’s couple and set fire to his house finally admitted double murder.
Wirem Paul Namana is finally named as the man who killed David Ian Clark (49) and Anastasia Margaret Nave (35) at his home on Wesley Street, but he pleads guilty. It took three and a half years. To end the crime and the oppression of his name.
The 49-year-old appeared in the Dunedin High Court this morning, a month before the five-week jury trial began.
In a black suit and shirt, he convicted two murders and one arson with a shocking plea and thanked him each time.
The court heard that on the night of January 21, 2018, morphine addict Namana desperately went to the victim’s house to procure more drugs.
At one point, prosecutor Robin Bates said the defendant was “furious” and attacked low-level drug dealers with a variety of weapons.
Namana used a sledgehammer, cricket bat, and knife to injure each victim.
Both suffered numerous fractures as a result of blunt trauma, and Nave suffered 14 puncture wounds.
Namana then returned to the property, where he poured gasoline and set the place on fire.
Police later discovered an item in the property of the defendant next door. It contained a piece of Neve meat.
Namana issued several statements to police in the following days after witnesses said he heard his bike leave the house on the night of the murder.
He initially claimed he wasn’t on the scene at the time, and then gradually changed his story to the point where he saw the victims dying.
Namana told police that she had thrown a weapon into the harbor, but the diver couldn’t find the item.
Police searched the burning house on Wesley Street and then recovered the victim’s body.
Investigator Steve Wood called it a “complex investigation,” and he admitted that the house and the people who lived there were known to the police.
A week after the incident, he revealed that the couple were believed to have died before the fire broke out, not as a result of the fire.
Namana was suspected of murdering almost a month after her death.
The murdered Wesley Street Flat was finally demolished after someone fired in May 2018.
Namana will be sentenced to imprisonment in August after being warned of a first strike under the Three-Strikes Law.
Plea of shock: man admits to killing a couple and burning a house
SourcePlea of shock: man admits to killing a couple and burning a house