Grace Millane dying: Prosecution presents first proof

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Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand


The suspect within the dying of British backpacker Grace Millane went on a Tinder date whereas her physique was nonetheless in a suitcase in his lodge room, a court docket has heard.

The revelation got here as the primary proof was offered within the trial of the suspect, who has not been named.


Ms Millane, 22, who was from Wickford, Essex, was final seen in Auckland, New Zealand, on 1 December final yr, earlier than her physique was discovered every week later.

The suspect denies homicide.

The household of Miss Millane sat within the Auckland court docket, metres away from the 27-year outdated defendant.

Prosecutors allege the British lady was strangled to dying within the man’s residence after the 2 met on the courting app Tinder.

The defence declare the dying was an accident throughout consensual intercourse, saying “acts designed to reinforce sexual pleasure went fallacious”.

‘Solo backpacking did not kill Grace’

‘Her mother and father sat dignified, following the proof’

Simon Atkinson, BBC Information, Auckland

Grace Millane’s mother and father sat within the entrance row of the general public gallery because the prosecution, after which the defence, set out their variations of what occurred to their daughter.

David Millane sometimes glanced throughout on the man accused of Grace’s homicide. Gillian Millane winced as a police officer described how her daughter’s physique was positioned within the suitcase uncovered in a shallow grave.

Regardless of the agonising particulars about what occurred of their daughter’s last hours, the Millanes sat dignified, carefully following the proof from the again of the room.

And in his assertion that was learn to the court docket, Mr Millane talked about his gregarious “Gracie”, who made associates simply and cherished her household.

“I do not imagine younger individuals inform their mother and father all the things,” he stated. “And nor ought to they.”

Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey informed the jury that Ms Millane and the defendant met through the courting app Tinder and went to a number of bars within the metropolis centre.

“They have been plainly snug in each other’s firm that night,” he stated. “From the footage, you will see them kissing. Each events most likely anticipated sexual exercise.”

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Grace Millane’s mother and father attended the Wednesday court docket listening to

Mr McCoubrey stated the defendant initially informed police the pair had drinks after which went house individually.

He later modified his story to say they’d engaged in tough sexual activity involving biting and hitting, Mr McCoubrey stated.

The defendant informed the police he then first fell asleep within the bathe and later went to mattress however found Ms Millane’s physique solely the subsequent morning.

“I awakened the subsequent day and noticed that she was mendacity on the ground,” Mr McCoubrey quoted the defendant as saying. “I noticed that she had blood coming from her nostril.”

‘Not distressed by her dying’

The Crown prosecutor defined that the younger lady had “bruises that have been per restraint” on her physique and that “it’s the Crown’s case that Ms Millane was strangled”.

He additionally defined that, later that night time, the suspect searched on-line for methods to get rid of a physique.

“He wasn’t distressed or involved by her dying,” he stated, including the suspect then started looking out pornography.

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The prosecution believes the suspect was not involved or distressed by the dying

The defendant at one level allegedly broke off his web search to take intimate pictures of Ms Millane’s physique.

He then resumed visiting pornographic web sites, earlier than looking for “giant luggage close to me” and “rigor mortis”.

The next day, he went on a Tinder date with one other lady with the physique of Ms Millane nonetheless within the residence.

The court docket heard he buried her later in a suitcase within the Waitakere Ranges, close to Auckland.

Miss Millane’s dying prompted an outpouring of public grief in New Zealand with the nation’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologising to her household.

The younger lady had been on a round-the world-trip, travelling alone in New Zealand for 2 weeks, following six weeks in South America.

The trial is anticipated to final one month.