Het complete bewijs van het proces van de moord op Grace Millane hoorde: In de zaak die een natie g

Het complete bewijs van het proces van de moord op Grace Millane hoorde: In de zaak die een natie g

december 13, 2019 0 Door admin

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Only two people will ever know the full truth of what happened the night British tourist Grace Millane was killed in an Auckland hotel room.

Grace is one of them. But she died sometime overnight on December 1, 2018. It is not known whether she lived past midnight to reach her 22nd birthday. 

The other is a 27-year-old man who has been the subject of a three-week trial for her murder.

The jury of seven women and five men heard his two versions of events which he gave to police in interviews two days apart. Both contained lies.

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The killer did not enter the witness box to give evidence in his own defence. He also has ongoing name suppression.

On Friday in courtroom 11 at the High Court at Auckland he was found guilty of murder. Justice Simon Moore remanded him in custody for sentencing on February 21.

Grace Millane was murdered in an apartment inside CityLife Hotel, on Queen St.

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Grace Millane was murdered in an apartment inside CityLife Hotel, on Queen St.

The Crown’s case, led by prosecutor Brian Dickey, argued the killer strangled Grace to death, some time after 9.40pm on December 1, following a Tinder date in Auckland’s CBD

Moments after her death, the Crown said the killer reached for his phone. But Instead of dialling 111, he used it to carry out a number of internet searches on how to dispose of a body, as well as viewing pornography.

He also captured a series of intimate photos of Grace on his phone.

Auckland Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey led the prosecution team in the case against the man who murdered Grace.

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Auckland Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey led the prosecution team in the case against the man who murdered Grace.

The man’s lawyers, led by Ian Brookie, said Grace’s death was a tragic accident. They argued Grace had an interest in bondage and sado-masochism, and had asked the killer to choke her during a consensual sex game which went catastrophically wrong. 

The defence painted a picture of his actions after Grace’s death as that of a man in panic mode.

Grace was listed as a missing person after her family back in the UK failed to make contact with her on December 2, her 22nd birthday.

For an entire week, as frantic searches took place, only the killer knew where she was.

While police hunted for the missing backpacker, the killer had already folded her body into a suitcase, and driven it 30kms out to the Waitākere Ranges where he buried her in a shallow grave, just metres from the road.

Everyday of the three-week trial, the public gallery was standing room only. People lined up outside the courtroom every morning, a phenomenon at trials now. A constant throughout the trial were Grace’s parents, flanked by detectives, seated in the front row. 

Lawyer Ian Brookie led the defence team.

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Lawyer Ian Brookie led the defence team.

They heard evidence that at times included disturbing forensic detail of exactly how Grace was killed, aspects of her sex life, and troubling witness accounts from other women who had encountered her killer.

“Children don’t tell their parents everything and neither should they,” said her father, David, in his statement read by prosecutor Robin McCoubrey on day one of the trial. He was the Crown’s first witness.

Below is the key evidence the jury heard over the past three weeks, before reaching the conclusion that the killer murdered Grace on or about December 1.

Grace's parents, David and Gillian Millane, arrive at the High Court at Auckland on day one.

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Grace’s parents, David and Gillian Millane, arrive at the High Court at Auckland on day one.

THE TINDER DATES

The Crown painted the man accused of murdering Grace as a sexual deviant who used the dating app Tinder to pursue young women for sex. 

The court heard from three women who met him on Tinder. The first to be called to give evidence was a waitress who met the killer at his CityLife Hotel apartment on their first and only date in November 2018 – two weeks before Grace’s death.

She told the Court she and the man discussed their mutual interest in rough sex via messages.

The pair had sex, which included choking. “That’s a preference of mine,” she told the Crown prosecutor, Brian Dickey.

Grace Millane at her University graduation. Her visit to New Zealand was part of trip that was planned to take in South America, Australia and Asia.

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Grace Millane at her University graduation. Her visit to New Zealand was part of trip that was planned to take in South America, Australia and Asia.

They shared a pizza and she left after he fell asleep.

She told the court that she left her glasses behind in the man’s apartment, but he waited two weeks before returning them to her at the bar where she worked. By then, Grace was dead.

There was another young woman who exchanged intimate photographs with the man via text messages. They also spoke on the phone and their conversations soon turned to discussing sex. 

“He liked feet, dominating and strangulation,” she told the court.

The pair never met but the man continued to send messages to her, asking for a date right up until December 4 – three days after Grace’s death.

“I didn’t feel comfortable meeting him and some of the things he wanted me to do,” she said, giving evidence via audio-visual link (AVL) from another room.

Brian Dickey led the witnesses evidence as she told the court she thought she would die.

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Brian Dickey led the witnesses evidence as she told the court she thought she would die.

Another Tinder match to give evidence did agree to meet him. She told the jurors via AVL that the ordeal in early November, 2018, left her fearing for her life.

The plan had initially been to have drinks at a bar, but instead they headed to a bottle shop and took drinks back to his apartment.

The university student said the pair talked for over three hours. The man told stories of being chased by gang members after tracking down his estranged father, that he’d been in a fight with a man in a nightclub and that he knew a member of the All Blacks.

The conversation then became amorous.

“…He’d been talking about how much he loved me and how he wanted to be with me and he walked over and he kissed me.”

The student told him they would not be having sex, but the man took her by the arm and led her to the bed where she lay down.

She said the man climbed on top of her and held down her arms. He then covered her face with his body. She described to the court how she began violently kicking in an effort to show she couldn’t breathe.

She added: “He would have felt me fighting against his arms.”

The incident lasted 30 seconds before she managed to turn her head slightly and snatch a breath.

The student said she feigned unconsciousness in the hope the man would get off her, but even then it took some time before he moved and she gasped for air.

“And he said… almost accusingly: ‘Oh, you don’t think I did that on purpose, do you?’ I think I was in genuine disbelief or shock.”

The student told the court she was terrified she was going to die.

Later, she said the man used the bathroom before returning, clutching his stomach and claiming he had cancer.

The High Court at Auckland where Grace's killer went on trial.

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The High Court at Auckland where Grace’s killer went on trial.

Under cross-examination from the accused’s lawyer Ron Mansfield, she confirmed exchanging more than 700 messages with the man in the month following the date. She said those messages were sent out of fear that he would one day simply show up in her life.

“I was scared of him and I was scared of the things he could do.”

Her evidence had to be interrupted when court broke for the day. After being told she would have to return the following day, she buried her head in her hands and wept. The jury filed out of the courtroom as her figure, hunched over a table could be seen on three giant television screens in court.

The following day, the cross-examination continued. She agreed with Mansfield that in some of the messages she was “leading him on”. 

But she denied allegations of making up the story in an effort to explain why she had been involved with a man accused of murder.

“A person who can almost kill someone by suffocating and then fake cancer to have sympathy … they have a word for that – it’s a socio-path.”

Lawyer Ron Mansfield suggested to the witness that she had made her story up.

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Lawyer Ron Mansfield suggested to the witness that she had made her story up.

THE CAMERA NEVER LIES

Less than a month later, the man went on his date with Grace.

The team of detectives investigating Grace’s disappearance poured through hundreds of hours of security camera footage to track her last known movements. A highlights reel would eventually end up being shown to the court.

The first section, totalling over two hours, began with footage from a SkyCity camera and was captured at 5.45pm on December 1. It shows the moment the pair met.

Grace wore a black dress and white sneakers. She carried a small bag tucked under her arm. The man wore blue jeans, dress shoes and a collared shirt unbuttoned to reveal a black t-shirt underneath.

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CCTV footage shows Grace Millane at bars and restaurants with the man accused of her murder, in the hours before she died.

They approached each other below the Sky Tower before the man put both his arms around her in an awkward hug. Grace returned the gesture but with just her right hand.

The video showed the casino forecourt cluttered with christmas decorations as the pair made their way inside, past the display cars advertised as prizes.

At some point earlier in her visit to Auckland, Grace had snapped a photo of the giant Christmas tree in the summer sun. She sent it to her family back in England as they prepared for their mid-winter Christmas. 

Inside the bar, the footage showed the pair inspecting menus before ordering drinks. The man held his wallet out and made a show that he was the one paying, while Grace sat nearby at the bar.

Grace Millane and her killer share an awkward first hug outside SkyCity Casino as they meet for their first date.

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Grace Millane and her killer share an awkward first hug outside SkyCity Casino as they meet for their first date.

About an hour-and-a-half later, security cameras captured them walking down Federal St towards the Mexican Cafe, where they arrived at 7.16pm. The bar was nearly empty but soon filled up. The pair drank margarita cocktails and as they left Grace had a brief conversation with a waitress.

The pair then made their way down Albert St to the Bluestone Room, tucked in behind Durham Lane. The man drank beers while Grace chose a whiskey based cocktail. At one point they both had tequila shots.

By now it was 8.30pm. The slightly washed-out footage from the bar showed the pair sitting at a table near the front door. Other patrons came and went and some had conversations next to the pair’s table.

Grace had her back to the camera while the man’s face could be seen, animated. At times he appeared to use his arms to gesture as he spoke, a stark contrast to the wooden figure before the jury, seated in the dock at the High Court.

CCTV footage shows Grace Millane and her killer inside SkyCity casino.

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CCTV footage shows Grace Millane and her killer inside SkyCity casino.

At one point in the footage Grace left the table, presumably to visit the bathroom. The man used Grace’s absence to pluck her handbag from the table and search through it.

Grace’s phone records, shown to the jury, reveal that while the man was momentarily away from the table, she used the opportunity to message her university friend from the UK, Ameena Ashcroft.

Grace told her friend she was on a date with the manager of an oil company and it was “really good”.

After telling Ashcroft she loved her and missed her, Grace sent her last message. “He’s coming to London next year. I click with him so well. I’ll let you know what happens tomorrow.”

By this time, the footage showed Grace and the man seemingly comfortable with each other. Kisses were exchanged and Grace appeared to stroke his cheek at one point, as he stood in front of her, arms by his side.

At 9.40pm the footage showed the pair leaving. They walked down Durham Lane towards the man’s apartment, nearby at the CityLife Hotel.

Grace and the man who killed her as seen sharing a kiss at the Bluestone Room bar.

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Grace and the man who killed her as seen sharing a kiss at the Bluestone Room bar.

The jury sat watching the silent footage, captured by the camera covering the front door of the hotel. The man could be seen with his arm slung around Grace’s shoulder and she held his hand, with her handbag tucked below her elbow.

Eerily, the video shown to the court also showed the hotel’s concierge bag trolleys in the foreground. The jury would later be shown more footage of the man the following day, using one of those trolleys to move Grace’s body, concealed in a suitcase to his hire car.

The pair headed straight for the lifts. The trip up to the man’s floor took a matter of seconds and when the lift doors opened, he was the first to leave. For the briefest of moments, Grace was alone in the lift. It is the last image of her alive.

Grace Millane and her killer enter the CityLife hotel after a Tinder date that took in three bars.

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Grace Millane and her killer enter the CityLife hotel after a Tinder date that took in three bars.

On day five of the trial, the jury were shown phase two of the security camera footage which captured key moments as the man attempted to cover-up the killing.

His face, captured in various shots during the hour and 11 minutes of footage, was emotionless. At one point the man briefly checked his reflection in the mirror of the lift on his way down to the lobby.

At 8.07am he was seen entering The Warehouse in the Atrium shopping centre on Elliot St, buying a suitcase. 

The last moment Grace Millane is seen alive, as she leaves the lift inside CityLife hotel.

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The last moment Grace Millane is seen alive, as she leaves the lift inside CityLife hotel.

The hotel cameras capture his return. Twenty-eight minutes later he is filmed at Countdown on Victoria St, buying cleaning products before again returning to his room. During this period, right in the middle of his attempted clean-up, he sends messages to another Tinder match to arrange a date.

Two hours later, a taxi security camera showed him sitting in the back seat, checking his phone. He was on his way to Apex car rentals to pick up a small red Toyota.

But before making the trip to the Waitākere Ranges, the man squeezed in another Tinder date.

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CCTV footage shows what the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane did in the hours after she died.

The former journalist met him at about 5pm that afternoon at Revelry on Ponsonby Rd.

She was also called as a Crown witness and told the court that at times her conversation with the man was bizarre.

Captured on CCTV camera, the pair sat at an outside table chatting. He told her all his friends were police officers and that the police were having problems with “bodies in the Waitākeres”. He said police dogs could not pick up the scent of a body if it was buried more than four feet below the surface.

The man said he had spent the day searching for a big duffel bag to store his sportswear in.

She told the jurors he also spoke of a strange story involving a man he knew who killed a woman after “rough sex” involving strangulation.

“He said: ‘It’s crazy how guys can make one wrong move and go to jail for the rest of their lives’.”

Grace's Killer at Revelry Bar in Ponsonby, waiting for his date to arrive.

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Grace’s Killer at Revelry Bar in Ponsonby, waiting for his date to arrive.

In his opening address, the Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey said this was evidence of the accused testing out his story, a story he would later tell police.

Asked how the man acted, the woman told the jury: “He was very intense but was quite calm… He seemed to have empathy about this man but [was] quite aloof.”

The Revelry security camera captured the pair leaving together.

However, the woman told the court that when she realised their cars were parked in the same area, she told the man she had parked somewhere else.

“I felt uncomfortable with him so I lied and walked down the opposite road,”

When he messaged her later that day, asking her for another date she told the jury: “I said: ‘No, thank you, I wouldn’t’.”

The Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey.

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The Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey.

After the failed date, the man headed to Countdown. The jurors were shown footage of the accused renting a Rug Doctor carpet cleaning machine. Later that night the cameras showed him loading two suitcases and a sports bag onto a hotel luggage trolley and moving the bags to his car. When he returned the trolley, he appeared to give a friendly hand signal to the concierge. He left the rental car parked in a public carpark overnight, with Grace’s body inside. 

The following morning, a little after 6am he drove out of the city to West Auckland, stopping at the ITM in Kumeu to buy a shovel. Again, footage of the purchase was shown to the jury.

The accused hired a Rug Doctor carpet cleaner from a Countdown supermarket on Quay St.

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The accused hired a Rug Doctor carpet cleaner from a Countdown supermarket on Quay St.

Security footage also showed he took a trip to Westfield St Lukes shopping centre to buy a second suitcase. There was also a visit to Washworld across the road where he cleaned the rental car and dumped the shovel he used to bury Grace. The jurors also saw footage of him dropping a bag in a rubbish bin in Auckland’s Albert Park. The bag was never found and according to police, could have contained Grace’s phone and watch, which Detective Inspector Scott Beard said are still missing.

The last segment of the CCTV showed the man leaving his apartment, dressed in jeans, a crisp white shirt and waistcoat. A short time later detectives caught up with him.

THE POLICE INTERVIEWS

A detective checking Grace’s Facebook page on December 5 noticed the accused had commented on one of her photos four days ago. That comment read “beautiful, very radiant”. At that point Grace was a missing person. The man’s comment led to him becoming a person of interest.

Two detectives met him in a downtown food court on December 6. One of those was Detective Changhee (Jason) Han.

Han took notes at the time and told the court the man claimed that the last time he had seen Grace was when the pair parted ways on Victoria St, on the night of December 1.

Han asked him for his name and address. The man provided a false Mt Eden address where Stuff understands he lived in 2017. He made no mention of the CityLife Hotel. He would explain later that day to Detective Sergeant Ewen Settle that he misunderstood Han’s question.

But the accused was not off the hook. He was asked to head into Auckland Central police station to give a formal statement.

The accused was seen buying a shovel at the Kumeu ITM, on his way out to the Waitakere Ranges.

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The accused was seen buying a shovel at the Kumeu ITM, on his way out to the Waitakere Ranges.

His near one and-a-half hour interview with Settle was recorded on DVD and played in court. The man said he met Grace at SkyCity and the pair had drinks at a bar. Grace spoke of her travels through South America and her intended trip to Whangarei Heads. But he claimed that’s where the date ended.

The man said the last time he saw Grace was on Victoria St, as she headed back in the direction of her hostel. He told Settle he headed downtown to the viaduct to meet a work colleague for drinks.

Even at this early stage, the police had some information, They knew he had bought a suitcase.

When Settle asked about the suitcase, the man proclaimed his innocence.

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The man accused of murdering Grace Millane was interviewed by police five days after she died.

“If you’re assuming I was using that suitcase for something, I’ve still got that suitcase in my room and you guys can have it, if that’s what you’re assuming.”

Settle suggested he was lying. The accused responded: “I’m being truthfully honest with you.”

In the following two days, the police moved the man out of his apartment, while forensic scientists and detectives searched for clues.

Using a chemical test, known as luminol, scientists found evidence of blood next to the bed.

Forensic scientists said there were

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Forensic scientists said there were “probable” blood stains in the apartment where Grace Millane died.

Settle paid the man a visit at the hostel where police were putting him up. The detective told him police had some updates on the case and asked him to come with him, back to the station.

The accused’s story then took a drastic turn. This time, with his lawyer, Ian Brookie beside him, the man admitted to Settle that his date with Grace didn’t end at SkyCity.

In fact the pair had visited two other bars and, yes, they had gone back to his hotel room.

In his second DVD interview, he told Settle once inside his apartment, Grace started talking about the sexual fantasy film, 50 Shades of Grey. He claimed she also spoke of some of sexual acts she and a former partner had done.

During the one hour, 33 minute interview also played to the jurors, he said Grace asked him to turn the television off, the only source of light in the room.

“We started having sex. At first it was, umm, just normal, it was very placid. And then she asked me if we could get into bondage.”

He said the pair ended up on the floor.

“I stopped at first and said: ‘Is this something you really want to do?'” He said Grace told him they were “in the moment, let’s just go with it.”

“I’m new to all of that stuff. I’m used to having sex that’s just sex, at first I was uncomfortable, but I liked her and I was open to the idea,” the man told Settle.

He said Grace showed him what to do, including putting his hand on her throat.

At one point, he said the pair stopped and took intimate photographs of each other on their phones.

Settle asked why? The man replied “It’s what all young people do.”

The man said afterwards, he took a shower and fell asleep under the running water. He woke some time later and went to bed. He told Settle he assumed Grace had left.

Detective Sergeant Ewen Settle interviewed the accused on two different occasions and got two very different versions of events.

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Detective Sergeant Ewen Settle interviewed the accused on two different occasions and got two very different versions of events.

But the following morning he noticed Grace’s body lying on the floor and there was blood coming from her nose.

“I screamed and yelled at her… tried to move her to see if she was awake.”

The man told Settle he dialled 111 but decided not to put the call through, saying he believed the situation “looked bad”.

He said he had contemplated taking his own life.

“I was in shock, I didn’t know what to do. I went downstairs and I was just, I don’t know, I was just all over the place. I didn’t believe what had happened. I was just terrified and scared.”

He said he had eventually managed to get Grace’s body into a suitcase, and drove out west, stopping along the way to buy a shovel. The man said he parked in a small layby off Scenic Drive, and dug a hole in the bush, where he buried Grace.

Detective Samuel Luker examined the apartment of the Grace's killer and found his cellphone.

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Detective Samuel Luker examined the apartment of the Grace’s killer and found his cellphone.

But there were parts of his story that didn’t add up.

The man said he left the shovel in the bush but security footage at the car wash shows him leaving it there.

He claimed to have bought pills at the Warehouse while buying the suitcase. The Warehouse receipt, part of a Crown exhibit, showed only the suitcase was bought.

He didn’t tell Settle about his pornography watching or other internet searches in the early hours of December 2. Door zijn rekening sliep hij ofwel in de douche of was hij tegen die tijd naar bed gegaan. De inconsistentie is nooit opgelost.

De intieme foto’s van Grace op zijn telefoon lijken te zijn genomen met het licht aan, maar de man vertelde Settle dat het paar seks had in het donker en de telefoons tevoorschijn kwamen tijdens seks.

Een poster voor vermiste personen voor Grace Millane, buiten de backpackers in Auckland.

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Een poster voor vermiste personen voor Grace Millane, buiten de backpackers in Auckland.

Zoals het interview met de DVD opgenomen Settle gaf de man een laatste kans om zijn verhaal te veranderen. De rechercheur vertelde hem dat Grace de volgende dag zou worden opgegraven en dat een patholoog een postmortemonderzoek zou uitvoeren.

“Ze zijn erg bedreven in het vaststellen van een doodsoorzaak, begrijp je dat? Grace Millane vermoorden? ” De rechercheur vroeg.

In een bijna fluisterend antwoord antwoordde de verdachte “nee”.

Uiteindelijk vroeg zijn advocaat Ian Brookie de man waarom hij had besloten met Settle te praten. p>

“Vanwege haar familie. Omdat ik wil dat haar familie weet dat het niet opzettelijk was, maar ik wil ook dat haar familie wordt gesloten. En onlangs, toen ik door de politie werd ondervraagd, was ik geschokt en Mijn excuses voor [misleidend zijn].

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Grace Millane werd in een appartement in Queen St vermoord door een man die ze ontmoette op Tinder.

BINNEN DE TELEFOON VAN EEN MOORDENAAR

Kopieën van het fotoboek van de Kroon werden op de eerste dag van de proef aan de jury overhandigd . Een van de foto’s genomen door de politie in het appartement van de man, toont zijn groene en zwarte iPhone aangesloten op een oplader en liggend op zijn onopgemaakte bed.

De telefoon zou een belangrijk onderdeel van de zaak van Crown zijn. Het gaf onderzoekers inzicht in wat de moordenaar precies deed en dacht, momenten na de dood van Grace.

Rechercheur Samuel Luker was de officier die verantwoordelijk was voor de flatscene en vond de mobiele telefoon, hij nam de juryleden via een analyse van de zoekopdrachten op internet op de telefoon.

Detective Evan Ingley, officier verantwoordelijk voor de scène Waitakere Ranges waar het lichaam van Grace werd gevonden. div>

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Detective Evan Ingley, officier verantwoordelijk voor de scène Waitakere Ranges waar het lichaam van Grace werd gevonden.

Luker zei dat het internet op 2 december om 01.29 uur was geopend met een zoekopdracht naar “Waitākere Ranges”, zes minuten later gevolgd door “heetste vuur” [sic]. p>

Om 1.41 uur had de moordenaar een pornowebsite bezocht voordat hij verschillende intieme close-upfoto’s van het lichaam van Grace maakte.

Toen die foto’s aan de jury werden getoond, werd Grace’s moeder Gillian Millane s tood omhoog en liep de rechtbank uit.

In zijn laatste toespraak tot de juryleden hield de aanklager van de kroon Brian Dickey die foto’s omhoog en dwong de juryleden om ze te bekijken. Hij beschreef ze als “trofeeën” voor de beschuldigde en zei dat de beschuldigde seksueel was opgewonden door het dode lichaam van Grace. om 2.17 uur. Er was een pauze tot kort na 6 uur toen hij terugkeerde naar zijn telefoon, op zoek naar “autoverhuur Auckland” en “grote tassen bij mij in de buurt”.

In de volgende dagen was hij ook op zoek om te zien of Grace had is als vermist opgegeven en heeft in zijn webbrowser de term ‘nieuws’ ingevoerd.

Er is ook gezocht naar de vraag of ‘vleesetende vogels’ in Nieuw-Zeeland woonden en meer rechtstreeks, een vraag of gieren maakten deel uit van de natuur.

Dr. Simon Stables zei dat Grace stierf door druk op haar nek.

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Dr. Simon Stables zei dat Grace stierf door druk in haar nek.

Op 8 december werkten 60 politieagenten aan de zaak. Rechercheur Inspecteur Scott Beard vertelde de juryleden dat het team gegevens van polling van mobiele telefoons had verzameld waaruit bleek dat de man tijd had doorgebracht in de Waitākere Ranges.

Rechercheur Evan Ingley en andere agenten gingen naar een wachtrij op Scenic Drive – ongeveer op 25 minuten rijden van het centrum van Auckland.

Ingley vertelde de jury dat hij een agent stuurde over een bosweg die vers gegraven grond en gebroken takken in een klein gebied zag.

Hun gevoel dat ze hadden ontdekt dat het make-shift-graf van Grace was bevestigd toen de man ermee instemde om Settle ter plaatse te brengen, kort na 21.00 uur.

Advocaat Ron Mansfield opende de zaak voor de verdediging.

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Advocaat Ron Mansfield opende de zaak voor de verdediging.

HET PATHOLOGIEBEWIJS

Het lichaam van Grace was zes dagen in de bush begraven. Patholoog Dr. Simon Stables vertelde de juryleden dat hij er was toen de koffer op 9 december zorgvuldig uit het ondiepe graf werd gegraven.

De volgende dag zei hij dat hij het postmortale onderzoek op het lichaam van Grace had uitgevoerd en merkte op tekenen van ontbinding. Haar lichaam was opgevouwen en in de koffer geritst.

De juryleden kregen een boekje met foto’s die tijdens het onderzoek waren genomen. Rechtvaardigheid Simon Moore waarschuwde hen dat sommigen hen verontrustend zouden vinden.

Stallen zeiden dat de oorzaak van de dood van Grace druk in haar nek was.

 Detective-inspecteur Scott Beard leidde de media en reisde naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk als onderdeel van het onderzoek naar de dood van Grace Millane.

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Detective-inspecteur Scott Beard leidde de media en reisde naar het VK als onderdeel van het onderzoek naar de dood van Grace Millane.

Hij voegde eraan toe dat hij tijdens zijn onderzoek kneuzingen op haar schouders en aan de binnenkant van haar armen vond. Hij vertelde de rechtbank dat hij geloofde dat de verwondingen consistent waren met iemand die was vastgehouden.

Bij het horen van het bewijs van de kneuzingen van Grace, huilde haar moeder Gillian en bedekte haar hoofd met haar handen, terwijl ze naar de rechtszaal plafond van de openbare galerij. Op dit punt hadden Gillian en David Millane al vijf dagen geluisterd naar bewijs van het overlijden van hun dochter.

De patholoog zei dat de kneuzingen van Grace waarschijnlijk kort voor haar dood zouden zijn toegebracht.

Hij vertelde de rechtbank dat hij nog een blauwe plek onder de kaaklijn had gevonden, die zich in haar nek uitstrekte.

Brookie vroeg hem of de dodelijke verwonding aan haar nek veroorzaakt kon zijn tijdens consensuele seks, maar de expert zei dat hij was niet op de hoogte van een geval in Nieuw-Zeeland waar dat was gebeurd.

“Het is ongelooflijk zeldzaam, ik ben niet op de hoogte van een geval en ik weet niet van een ander geval dat zich in Auckland of andere delen heeft voorgedaan van het land. “

Hij wees op een onderzoeksartikel uit Polen, waarin zeven gevallen van overlijden door seksuele verstikking gedurende negen jaar werden gevonden bij een bevolking van 38 miljoen mensen.

Later in het proces riep het verdedigingsteam hun eigen pathologie-expert. Dr. Fintan Garavan werkte ooit in Auckland, maar woont en werkt momenteel in Dade County, Florida. Hij gaf bewijs door middel van een audiovisuele link.

Garavan was het eens met de bevindingen van Dr. Stables dat Grace was gewurgd. Hij zei echter dat de blessure consistent was met een consensuele seksuele handeling omdat er geen klassieke verdedigende wonden op haar lichaam waren, zoals schaafwonden terwijl ze worstelde om de hand van haar moordenaar te verwijderen.

Hij schatte dat de druk zou zijn aangebracht gedurende vijf tot tien minuten in Grace’s nek voordat ze stierf.

Terwijl Dr. Stables alcohol verwierp die een rol speelde in de dood van Grace, bood Dr. Garavan een andere mening aan dan zijn voormalige collega, waarin hij verklaarde dat hij het geloofde kon een factor zijn geweest.

Ontvangsten verzameld door rechercheurs uit de drie bars en getoond aan de juryleden suggereerden dat Grace verschillende cocktails en tequila-shots deelt in de nacht dat ze stierf.

Dr. Garavan zei alcohol was waarschijnlijk een bijdragende factor omdat het haar ademhaling zou hebben beïnvloed. “Het is een ijsberg die zijn weg baant naar de scheepvaartroute,” vertelde hij de juryleden.

Hij beweerde ook dat de kneuzingen aan de armen en schouders van Grace niet noodzakelijk overeenkwamen met bevestigingswonden. Dr. Garavan zei dat het “liefdesbeten” hadden kunnen zijn.

GRACE’S VRIENDEN EN ACQUAINTANCES

Advocaat Ron Mansfield vertelde de juryleden in zijn openingsverklaring dat de concepten van schuld en schaamte waren krachtige controlerende concepten die werden gebruikt door religieuze en politieke conservatieven.

“Als we in dit proces niet voorzichtig zijn, kunnen onze eigen religieuze sociale of morele opvattingen [ons] afleiden van de focus [we] moeten standvastig blijven – of er een crimineel verkeerd is geweest. ”

Hij zei dat zijn cliënt zichzelf verkeerd vertegenwoordigde bij Grace en andere vrouwen, door te proberen rijker en interessanter te lijken in de hoop dat vrouwen zouden afspreken om hem te ontmoeten op Tinder.

” Helaas is hij een weerspiegeling van het Instagram-tijdperk – waar iedereen zichzelf op een gunstige manier probeert te presenteren. ” Mansfield gaf toe.

Maar hij vertelde de juryleden dat er veel was gedaan over de seksuele geschiedenis van zijn cliënt, het was belangrijk om ook naar Grace te kijken. “Ik wil heel duidelijk zijn, niemand probeert haar of haar familie de schuld te geven.”

Hij zei dat Grace bekend stond als een liefdevolle, intelligente en betrokken jonge vrouw. “Dat is haar reputatie en het zou haar herinnering moeten zijn.”

De verdediging ging vervolgens over tot het roepen van getuigen die Grace kenden, enkele vrienden en anderen die zij intiemer kende.

Er was een voormalige partner, die om juridische redenen niet kan worden genoemd. Zijn bewijsmateriaal werd voorgelezen door juryadvocaat Claire Farquhar. De partner sprak over de wederzijdse experimenten van het paar in seksuele verstikking en slavernij.

Het paar gebruikte een veilig woord, “schildpad”, en Grace zou “aftappen” als ze zich ongemakkelijk voelde.

Een goede vriend zei dat zij en Grace “meidenpraat” over hun vriendjes zouden praten.

Ze zei soms dat ze het over seks hadden: “Grace vertelde me dat ze het leuk vond dat haar partner zijn handen om haar nek legde.”

Er was ook bewijsmateriaal ingebracht door middel van een overeengekomen feitendocument. Het werd voorgelezen aan de juryleden en liet zien dat er 400 berichten op Grace’s laptop stonden met betrekking tot BDSM.

Het bewijs dateert uit augustus en september 2017 en had betrekking op berichten die Grace uitgewisseld met twee onbekende mannen. Er waren aanwijzingen dat ze een van de twee mannen had ontmoet.

DE VERDICT

De rechtszaal was stil omdat het vonnis op vrijdag om 17.45 uur werd uitgesproken. voor een volledige openbare galerij en extra beveiligingspersoneel.

De verdachte knipperde hard en keek kortstondig naar beneden voordat hij recht vooruit staarde.

Gillian Millane huilde in de galerij, net als sommige juryleden.

Het was een zaak die Nieuw-Zeeland vanaf het begin greep. Zelfs bij de eerste rechtszaak van de moordenaar in december 2018, nam rechter van het districtsrechtbank van Auckland de ongebruikelijke stap om rechtstreeks met de familie Millane te praten, die vanuit het VK naar Auckland was gereisd.

“Wij hopen allemaal dat dit een eerlijk, snel proces is en je wat rust brengt, “zei de rechter.

De zaak trok ook een ongekende opmerking van premier Jacinda Ardern. In de onmiddellijke nasleep van de dood van Grace werd ze gefilmd terwijl ze tranen terugstikte en haar excuses aanbood aan de Millane namens het land.

“Je dochter had hier veilig moeten zijn en dat was ze niet en het spijt me voor dat. “

Minister van Justitie Andrew Little hekelde Google en vervolgens de Britse pers voor het overtreden van rechterlijke bevelen van Nieuw-Zeeland.

En het was de zaak die tranen in de ogen van ervaren rechercheur bracht Inspecteur Scott Beard op de persconferentie toen hij aankondigde dat het lichaam van Grace was gevonden.

Baard en de verbindingsofficier van de politie, Toni Jordan, zaten naast Grace’s ouders David en Gillian, gedurende de drie weken durende rechtszaak waarin de moordenaar van hun dochter voor het gerecht werd gebracht, negen dagen na de eerste verjaardag van haar dood.

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