The murder victim was forced to dig his own grave before he was beaten with a shovel and stabbed to death
- Alex Latimer was murdered last September in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Latimer was lured to a home before he was beaten by two men
- He was hit with a shovel and stabbed before he was buried in a grave
- James Webby and David Lothian plead guilty to Tuesday's murder
The victim of a brutal murder was forced to dig his own grave before he was stabbed and beaten to death with a shovel.
Alex Latimer, 30, was lured to a house in Te Haroto, in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, where he was attacked by two men in September last year.
They buried him in dirt before taking off his clothes and moving them to a second grave just outside the grounds.
Alex Latimer, (pictured with his partner), was lured to a house in Te Haroto, in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, where he was attacked by two men in September last year
James Webby, 25, pleaded guilty to allegations of murder, armed robbery, arson, and falsification of justice at the High Court in Napier on Tuesday afternoon.
His accomplice, David Lothian, 27, pleaded guilty to an accusation of murder, two of aggravated theft, one of arson and one accusation of reckless driving.
The three men knew each other because in January 2017 Latimer was entangled in a drug transaction with Lothian, The New Zealand herald reported.
He believed that Lothian owed him money and went to meet him at an address in Maraenui.
Webby was also in the house before he and Lothian Latimer started to attack and stole a bag of money and drugs that he had taken with him.
Latimer (photo) was stabbed and hit on the head with a shovel before he was buried in a grave near the property
At the time of the September 2018 murder, Webby drank and smoked cannabis in his home and a mutual knowledge of Latimer.
The three men decided to text Latimer & and ask him to come to the house, plan to roll him & # 39; & # 39; and steal his drugs.
The 30-year-old arrived in the house early in the morning of September 30, where he was met by a common friend who said he was going in to get a cigarette.
Latimer did not know that the men who had previously attacked him were on the site.
Lothian and Webby then attacked, hit and hit the victim with the shovel.
He was dragged to the back of the building while his attackers kept beating him on the head.
After the shovel was thrown at him, Latimer was instructed to dig his own grave.
David Lothian, (photo) pleaded guilty to a charge for murder, two for more serious theft, one for arson and one for reckless driving on Tuesday morning before the trial
His attackers then started digging a grave while he was inside, before Lothian stabbed him several times in his neck and sides.
Lothian told him that he would die before he stabbed him, the court heard.
The victim's body was discovered on October 6 after an extensive search in the area.
Latimer & # 39; s injuries confirmed that he had died of serious stab wounds and blood force trauma to his chest and face.
Both Webby and Lothian have been taken into pre-trial detention and appear on November 11 for conviction.
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