Tourist ‘stran­gled by Tin­der date’, court told

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

A BRI­TISH back­packer was stran­gled by a man she met on Tin­der, who left her body in a suit­case while he went on an­other date, a court has heard.

The body of 22-year-old Grace Mil­lane was found in a forested area near Auck­land a week af­ter she was last seen at a ho­tel in the city cen­tre on De­cem­ber 2. Ms Mil­lane had ar­rived in New Zealand last Novem­ber.

A 27-year-old man, whose name can­not be pub­lished for le­gal rea­sons, is stand­ing trial ac­cused of her mur­der.

Open­ing the case, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Robin McCoubrey said Ms Mil­lane and the de­fen­dant met via the dat­ing app Tin­der, and went to a num­ber of bars in Auck­land city cen­tre.

Mr McCoubrey said the de­fen­dant lied to po­lice when first in­ter­viewed, telling them he had met Ms Mil­lane “for a drink and then parted com­pany”. But he later told them they had en­gaged in rough sex.

“I woke up the next day and saw that she was ly­ing on the floor. I saw that she had blood com­ing from her nose,” Mr McCoubrey quoted the de­fen­dant as say­ing.

“It is the Crown’s case that Ms Mil­lane was stran­gled by (the de­fen­dant),” he added.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the man later did Google searches for “Waitakere Ranges” and “hottest fire”, took in­ti­mate pho­tos of her body and watched pornog­ra­phy.

The pros­e­cu­tor added the de­fen­dant “doesn’t seem con­cerned by the dead body in his apart­ment” as he went “on an­other date” that day.

Grace Mil­lane.

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