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World Grace Millane trial: accused told police he left Millane directly after date

03:15  13 november  2019
03:15  13 november  2019 Source:   radionz.co.nz

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Grace , he said, had invited him to join her to celebrate her 22nd birthday the next day at the backpackers hostel where she was staying. The defendant (pictured during his first police interview) told officers he and Grace Millane parted ways after their date when they actually went back to hos

Grace Millane died from "pressure on the neck" and her body had several bruises, a pathologist has told the murder trial today. Of "significance" was bruising on the left side of Millane 's neck, forensic pathologist Dr Simon Stables said in evidence today. This injury would normally be a result of

a woman smiling for the camera© SuppliedWARNING: The following story may be distressing to some readers.

The man accused of murdering Grace Millane told police he was at a bar getting black-out drunk at a time CCTV cameras showed him entering CityLife with the British backpacker.

The 27-year-old man denies murdering Ms Millane after meeting her on a date in Auckland's CBD last December.

It is accepted Ms Millane died in the man's CityLife apartment before he buried her body in a suitcase in the Waitākere Ranges.

The jury is today watching the defendant's first police interview at the Auckland Central Police Station on the afternoon of 6 December.

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He can be heard telling Detective Ewen Settle that the couple had said goodbye to each other on the street after a two-hour drinking session in a restaurant at The defendant (pictured on the left during his first police interview) told officers he and Grace Millane parted ways after their date when they

Image: Grace Millane 's parents David and Gillian have attended the trial at Auckland High Court. She said she had not told anyone about the incident until she was questioned by police five months later. The accused denies murder. Prosecutors allege he strangled Grace during sex on 1 or 2

He said he matched on Tinder with Ms Millane the day before meeting her for a date near SkyCity, at his suggestion.

The accused told Detective Sergeant Ewan Settle he wanted to meet her in a public place in case he was being "catfished", a term that refers to people posing as fake identities online.

"I didn't initially know that she was real ... it's happened to a few people I know in Australia and it's all over the TV.

"So I thought 'you know what if I meet at SkyCity at least I know there's lots of people around' so if it's someone that it's not I can just walk away."

The man said they hung out at the bar drinking cocktails at Andy's Burgers and Bar in SkyCity for at least two hours.

He said the chat "flew" by as he talked to Ms Millane about her travels, her home town in Essex and his job as a sales manager; at one point offering to get her a job at his work.

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The man said they planned to meet at Base Backpackers, where Ms Millane was staying, the following day; which was Ms Milane's 22nd birthday.

"I tried to message her the next day on Tinder but I'd been unmatched and I was like, 'oh, what's going on here? I must have done the wrong thing.

"So I went to go text her to find out all the details were for the next day and I'd been unmatched so that was that."

He told the detective he last saw her on Victoria Street and they parted in good spirits.

"There was a hug, a kiss on the cheek and a 'nice meeting you', and then I said 'let me know about tomorrow'. She said 'okay' and then she kept walking."

The jury has now been shown CCTV footage that showed the pair actually entered the CityLife apartment complex at 9.40pm.

Mr Settle sketched a map of the Victoria and Federal Streets area, pressing the man on when he last saw the woman.

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The defendant then said he did not watch her walk down Victoria Street because he started talking to a tourist group.

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Grace Millane , 22, vanished on December 1 while backpackingCredit: Facebook. Her body was later found naked inside a suitcase in woods outside the city. Forensic pathologist Dr Simon Stables today told a murder trial Grace had died from strangulation with a deep internal bruise on her neck.

Injuries on Grace Millane 's body were likely to have occurred around the time she died, court told . British backpacker Grace Millane had bruising on her body consistent with her being restrained Earlier in the trial , the court heard the accused told police he woke up to find Grace lying on the

"I started talking to a group of Chinese travellers ... they were walking across the road ... they were happy to chat."

He said he was heading to the Viaduct to meet a workmate but she was not replying to his texts or calls and told him the following day she was with her mother after a death in the family.

The man said he didn't end up walking to the Viaduct and instead stopped at an old black pub with "rickety tables" on Queen Street.

He said it was busy and he mingled with people smoking outside while drinking at least 10 handles of beer himself and buying 20 drinks for other people with cash.

The man told the detective he ate steak, chips and eggs at the bar but his memory stopped when he left the pub between 10pm and 11pm, the court heard.

"That's when I can't remember. I did the same thing on Thursday night when I went out drinking with workmates and I ended up sleeping outside the hotel.

"The concierge had to help me upstairs. So I tend to drink and somehow get into bed."

He said he'd been out drinking with his work's chief executive, owners, sales managers and colleagues on the Thursday night.

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The accused is on trial for the murder of Millane , a 21-year-old British backpacker who was on a round-the-world trip when she disappeared on 2 She went on another date with the accused in November 2018. She said she had thought the two would have a drink in Auckland’s city centre but

Then he told Detective Sergeant Ewen Settle, he had gone to meet a work colleague but ended up drinking Grace Millane was captured on CCTV hugging the man accused of killing her. He is accused of strangling Grace , from Wickford in Essex, during sex before watching a string of hardcore

"I remember getting into a tuk tuk and giving the guy $20; that's where I had the cash from. I was going to catch a taxi but then the tuk tuk was there."

The man said he felt "fine" after drinking cocktails with Ms Millane but after getting black-out drunk at the Queen Street bar he woke up at 10am in his apartment.

"I had a bit of a vomit. I knew that I'd mixed drinks before, I felt like crap. I knew I'd had too much and not just beer."

He said he had "a feeling" the same concierge had carried him to his apartment in CityLife that night as well.

He then caught up with a friend he had worked with at a Ponsonby bar that afternoon, he said.

The court has heard Ms Millane's body was in a suitcase in his apartment at the time.

At one point in the police intervew video, Mr Settle asked the defendant if he would give a voluntary DNA sample, after telling him police were very concerned for Ms Millane's safety and thought she may have fallen victim to foul play.

"One hundred per cent. I know I haven't done anything wrong so I'm happy to do it," the man said.

Mr Settle told the man by foul play he meant the British backpacker may have been murdered.

"We actually don't know if she's been murdered or not yet. She may be alive and well but she might also be dead, and it could be that you've done it."

The man nodded, affirming he understood what was being said before Mr Settle left the room.

Seconds after the door closed the accused got up and knocked on the door and spoke to a passing police officer.

"Hey, I just want to ask a question. Am I being arrested for something I didn't do?"

The officer confirms he's not under arrest, and the man says "holy s---" several times before the door is closed again.

Mr Settle came back to the room and told him they were going to "hold off" on a voluntary DNA sample, before reading him his rights and continuing the interview.

The trial before Justice Moore and a jury of seven women and five men is set down for four weeks.


Grace Millane's family speak out about guilty verdict .
The family of British backpacker Grace Millane, who was killed last year, have spoken out about the guilty murder verdict delivered this afternoon. A 27-year-old man, who has name suppression, was accused of murdering the British backpacker after a Tinder date on the night of 1 and 2 December last year.The jury took about five hours to reach its decision today. The man was remanded in custody for sentencing in February.Justice Moore told the jurors it had been a particularly difficult trial and discharged them from further jury service for seven years.

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