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US News Family of murdered Grace Millane feel killer’s sentencing is not closure

11:40  20 february  2020
11:40  20 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A cousin of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane has said the sentencing of her killer this week will not bring closure to the family . In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Ms O'Callaghan was asked whether the family felt as if this week was a big week, or marked a chapter ending.

Grace Emmie Rose Millane was an English tourist whose disappearance in Auckland, New Zealand, in December 2018 sparked international attention.

a person standing in a room: CCTV grab issued by Auckland City Police of Grace Millane inside a hotel lift with her murderer. A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of the British backpacker Grace Millane whose body was found buried in a suitcase in New Zealand, local media has reported (Auckland City Police/PA) © Auckland City Police CCTV grab issued by Auckland City Police of Grace Millane inside a hotel lift with her murderer. A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of the British backpacker Grace Millane whose body was found buried in a suitcase in New Zealand, local media has reported (Auckland City Police/PA)

A cousin of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane has said the sentencing of her killer this week may not help her family to overcome their grief.

Hannah O’Callaghan told BBC Breakfast: “The sentence will not change the fact that Grace is gone.”

She remembered Ms Millane as a “fun-loving carefree individual” with much to look forward to. 

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Ms Millane had just started to travel the world after recently graduating from university.

a person taking a selfie in a room: Grace Millane who was killed in New Zealand in December 2018 (Lucie Blackman Trust/PA) © Provided by PA Media Grace Millane who was killed in New Zealand in December 2018 (Lucie Blackman Trust/PA)

Ms Millane, of Wickford, Essex, went on a date with a 27-year-old man on December 1 2018 while in New Zealand, and was killed either that night or in the early hours of the next morning, the date of her 22nd birthday.

Her body was later found buried in a shallow grave in a forested area outside Auckland.

David and Gillian Millane, Grace's parents, after her killer was found guilty in New Zealand. © Getty David and Gillian Millane, Grace's parents, after her killer was found guilty in New Zealand.

The 27-year-old man, who can not be named for legal reasons, was found guilty at Auckland High Court in November.

He is due to be sentenced on Friday.

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Grace Millane ' s killer is a 'pathological liar' who would have 'enjoyed the power' during her murder He will be sentenced in February. Mr Millane said after the verdict: 'She did not deserve to be He added: 'The verdict of murder today will be welcomed by every member of the Millane family and 'It' s not safe sex play that killed Grace Millane , it' s strangulation,' said Mr Dickey. 'At some point of

Prosecutors said he strangled her and shoved her body inside a suitcase before burying her.

a group of people walking in front of a brick building: Auckland High Court in New Zealand where a 27-year-old man is to be sentenced for the killing of British backpacker Grace Millane (Benjamin Cooper/PA Wire) © Provided by PA Media Auckland High Court in New Zealand where a 27-year-old man is to be sentenced for the killing of British backpacker Grace Millane (Benjamin Cooper/PA Wire)

She was assumed missing and her father, David Millane, flew to New Zealand as local authorities spent a week searching until her body was found by police.

The family have now set up a charity in her memory, called Love Grace, where handbags and toiletries are collected for domestic abuse victims.

The project is now running in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Britain.

Ms O’Callaghan described it as a “really fitting tribute” as it helps to make women “feel like they are worth something”.

It has also helped Ms Millane’s mother Gillian to grieve.

Ms O’Callaghan told the programme: “It’s allowed her to express her grief.

“Sometimes when things like this happen you do feel useless.

“You can’t change it so let’s make some positives out of our negative.”

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