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World New Zealand jury convicts man of murdering British backpacker

09:15  22 november  2019
09:15  22 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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A jury in New Zealand on Friday convicted a 27-year-old man of murdering British backpacker , Grace Millane. The accused, who has not been named by the court for legal reasons, entered a not guilty plea, saying that she had died accidentally during consensual sex between two young people.

A jury in New Zealand on Friday convicted a 27-year-old man of murdering British backpacker , Grace Millane. The verdict was reached after five Grace Millane was murdered on December 2, 2018 by strangulation during rough sex after meeting the man through dating app, Tinder, while on a

SYDNEY, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A jury in New Zealand on Friday convicted a 27-year-old man of murdering a British woman backpacker, a case that shocked the country and raised questions about its reputation as a safe, easy-going holiday destination.

A photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square on Dec. 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images A photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square on Dec. 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Grace Millane, 22, went missing in Auckland on Dec. 1 last year, while traveling after finishing university. Police found her body on Dec. 9 in bushland just a few meters from a scenic drive in the Waitakere Ranges.

The man, whose name has been suppressed by the court, met Millane on the evening of Dec. 1 through dating app Tinder, the jury heard. He pleaded not guilty to murder, arguing that she died accidentally during consensual sex.

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A jury in New Zealand has found a 27-year-old man guilty of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane. Her parents David and Gillian, who had sat Millane, 21, arrived in New Zealand in November 2018 as part of a round-the-world trip. She met the accused on 1 December for a Tinder date at the

A New Zealand man has been found guilty of murdering the 22-year-old British backpacker In his closing statement, Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey told the jury at Auckland High Court that after Mr Dickey told the murder trial that the defendant was “seeking total domination and some sort of weird

The jury rejected the argument, convicting him just hours after beginning deliberations. The man is due to be sentenced on Feb. 21 and faces life in prison for murder.

The man's lawyer, Ian Brookie, could not be reached for comment.

Millane's parents, David and Gillian, were present throughout the trial.

"Grace was our sunshine and she will be missed forever," her father told reporters outside the court.

"It will not reduce the pain and suffering we have had to endure," he said of the verdict.

"Grace was taken in the most brutal fashion a year ago and our lives have been ripped apart."

The judge thanked the jurors for their service in what he called a particularly difficult case.

Prosecutors had told the jury the convicted man took several photos of Millane's body on Dec. 2. Later that day, he placed the body in a suitcase and drove in a hire car to where he buried her.

The case stirred public debate about violence towards woman in a country where serious crime was once considered rare.

Thousands of people held candlelight vigils after Millane's death in an outpouring of grief, with Prime Minister Jacinda Arden holding back tears in an apology to Millane's family on behalf of the country.

(Reporting by Colin Packham in Sydney Editing by Robert Birsel and Clarence Fernandez)

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