Tourist ‘strangled by Tinder date’, court told
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.