Further details have come out about the death of Grace Millane, the British backpacker killed in Auckland, New Zealand in December of last year. The man accused of her murder stands trial this month almost a year after her death.
Allegedly, the suspect and Millane met on Tinder and had met up for a date on the night she died. The court has now heard details about texts sent from Millane to her friend, Ameena Ashcroft, saying that she and the man in question "clicked" and the date was going "really good".
In CCTV footage captured from the night, Millane can be seen leaving the Base Backpackers Hostel before meeting up with the 27 year-old man at the Sky City entertainment complex. The pair spent the evening together at a number of bars and restaurants and were spotted kissing in some of the footage. Authorities say that the amount of footage of the pair recovered on CCTV is a "significant amount".
WATCH: CCTV footage of the last moments Grace Millane was seen alive has been played to the jury. It shows her and the accused entering his apartment building, getting in a lift then leaving on the third floor. Suspect's face blurred for legal reasons. #gracemillane pic.twitter.com/U2TviGEl6C— Simon Atkinson (@atko1978) November 6, 2019
Later in the footage Millane and the accused can be seen walking arm in arm to his CityLife apartment building, where cameras picked up the pair exiting a lift onto the third floor shortly after 9:40pm.
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Prosecutors allege that once inside the apartment, Grace was strangled to death. The defence argues that she died when consensual "acts designed to enhance sexual pleasure went wrong".
Initially, the accused told police that he had met Miss Millane for a drink before parting ways, but later he changed his story, instead saying that he and Miss Millane did go back to his apartment and engaged in consensual rough sex, which she initiated, and took intimate pictures of each other. The man then alleged to police that he fell asleep in the shower afterwards and then went to bed. He says that he woke up the next day to find Miss Millane dead and bleeding from her nose.
Prosecutors questioned why the man didn't call the emergency services at that time, but instead his computer shows internet searches for "Waitākere Ranges" (the area where Grace's body was found) and "hottest fire", before sending a text to another woman he'd met on Tinder to reconfirm their date for later that day.
The suspect allegedly went out on this date, while Miss Millane's body lay in his apartment, before putting Miss Millane's body into a suitcase and burying the suitcase near Auckland in the Waitākere Ranges.
The suspect denies murder, the trial is ongoing.
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