06 November 2019 14:43
British backpacker Grace Millane died after a consensual sexual encounter and was an accident, the man accused of murdering her is claiming. The 22-year-old's body was found buried in forest on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand, in December and a jury has been told she died in the apartment of a man she had met via dating app Tinder. The jury at Auckland's High Court was also told Miss Millane - who was on a round the world trip - died from pressure being applied to her neck. Prosecutors have said all the evidence pointed away from it being an accident and that she was strangled during rough sexual intercourse on December 1 or 2 last year, before her body was put in a suitcase and later buried. The 27-year-old defendant denies murder and defence barrister Ian Brookie said Ms Millane "died as a result of what they consensually engaged in together".
A British backpacker was strangled during rough sex with her Tinder date who then put her body in a suitcase before meeting another woman, a court has heard. Grace Millane, 22, was on a round-the-world trip when she arrived in New Zealand from Peru last November and went on a date with the man now accused of her murder. The Crown alleged the 27-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, strangled Ms Millane, from Wickford, Essex, during sexual intercourse at his apartment in Auckland. Grace Millane trial: British backpacker 'murdered by Tinder date' Show all 11 left Created with Sketch. Grace Millane trial: British backpacker 'murdered by Tinder date' 1/11 David and Gillian Millane (second from right and right) arrive at Auckland High Court, in New Zealand, on Wednesday, 6 November, 2019, for the start of their daughter Grace Millane's murder trial.
Opening the case at Auckland's High Court on Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey said Ms Millane and the defendant met on the Tinder dating app and went to a number of bars in Auckland city centre. The prosecutor said that in the hours after Ms Millane died, the defendant engaged in a number of internet searches, including for the Waitakere Ranges, where her body was found, and for "the hottest fire". GRACE Millane died while backpacking in New Zealand and a man is currently on trial for her murder. 3 The parents of Grace Millane, David and Gillian Millane arrive with Detective Inspector Scott Beard, left, at the Auckland High Court Credit: Getty Images - Getty Grace Millane and the accused visited a number of bars in Auckland after the pair met on dating app Tinder, the Auckland High Court heard on the opening day of the trial. He added he told the police they had engaged in rough sexual intercourse involving biting and hitting with the defendant saying he fell asleep in the shower before waking and going back to bed.
The records also allegedly showed he had searched online for "the hottest fire", "large bags near me" and "Waitakere Ranges" – the area where her body was later found in the suitcase – before going on another Tinder date later that day. Ms Millane's father wiped aside a tear as he heard his daughter's body was found twisted inside the suitcase "in the foetal position" a week after the British backpacker went missing. British backpacker Grace Millane was strangled to death during a sexual encounter with her alleged killer, the accused's murder trial heard. On the opening day of the trial at Auckland High Court, Ms Millane's father wiped aside a tear as he heard his daughter's body was found twisted "in the foetal position" inside a suitcase. Her body was discovered a week after Ms Millane was reported missing following a Tinder date with the 27-year-old New Zealander now accused of her murder. The Crown alleged that the defendant strangled Ms Millane during rough sexual intercourse at his apartment in the centre of the city. Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey said: "Strangling someone to death with your hands isn't inadvertent - all of the evidence points away from an accident". The defendant allegedly first told police that the pair met for a drink then parted ways, but later admitted they engaged in 'rough sex' involving biting and hitting which finished on the floor. The records also allegedly showed he had searched online for "the hottest fire", "large bags near me" and "Waitakere Ranges" - where her body was later found in the suitcase - before going on another Tinder date later that day.