New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

Grace Millane's killer jailed for life over backpacker murder in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, Feb 21 ― A 28-calendar year-old New Zealand person who murdered a British female backpacker was handed existence imprisonment with a minimum of 17 several years behind bars by the Auckland Higher Courtroom today.

During the delivery of the sentence, Justice Simon Moore said: "You are a large and powerful man, she was diminutive". He forcibly pinned her down, choking her, and it was only when she pretended to pass out that the man released her, the witness said.

"You were in a position of total physical dominance". My very best friend.

"I am absolutely heartbroken that you have taken my daughter's future and robbed me of so many more memories that we were going to create", her mother said, Radio New Zealand reported.

"The tears I shed are never-ending at the thought of never having the chance to kiss my Grace goodbye".

"I will miss my darling Grace until my last breath".

After the killer was found guilty, her father David spoke about how his only daughter's "barbaric" murder ripped his family's lives apart.

Brother Declan and sister in-law Victoria were the first of Grace's family to address the court.

He continued to insist that Millane's death was "some awful accident".

Earlier as of late, Grace's cousin Hannah O'Callaghan stated the sentencing of her killer would possibly not lend a hand the circle of relatives to conquer their grief.

Grace used to be six weeks right into a backpacking "trip of a lifetime" after lately graduating from the University of Lincoln.

The man confessed Ms Millane died in his apartment but pleaded not guilty to murder, and his lawyers argued that she died accidentally during consensual sex.

Her killer shoved her body inside a suitcase before burying her in a forested area outside Auckland.

In a highly unusual move, judge Simon Moore has ruled that the man's name can not be published and also suppressed the reasons why he continued to enjoy anonymity, despite his murder conviction.

During the three-week-trial jurors heard that the accused put Millane's body in a suitcase, rented a vehicle and buried it in an area of bush about 25 kilometres from Auckland, where her body was found a week later.

The defendant's phone was also used to search for "flesh-eating birds" and "are there vultures in New Zealand?".

The circle of relatives have now arrange a charity in her reminiscence, referred to as Love Grace, the place purses and toiletries are amassed for home abuse sufferers.

At Revelry Bar on Auckland's Ponsonby Rd, the man told his date how he had moved to New Zealand from Australia to look after his sick grandmother, and said all his friends were police officers.

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