New Zealand po­lice to charge man over mur­der of Bri­tish woman

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

>> WELLING­TON: New Zealand po­lice said yes­ter­day that they be­lieve a 22-yearold Bri­tish tourist who has been miss­ing for a week was mur­dered, and they will lay charges against a man they de­tained ear­lier in the day for ques­tion­ing.

Grace Mil­lane was on a planned year­long trip abroad that be­gan in Peru. She ar­rived in New Zealand last month and was last seen on the night of Dec 1 en­ter­ing a cen­tral Auck­land ho­tel with a 26-yearold man.

Po­lice said they brought that man into the cen­tral Auck­land po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day af­ter­noon for ques­tion­ing. Later in the day, po­lice said they planned to charge the man with Ms Mil­lane’s mur­der and he would be held in cus­tody until his first court ap­pear­ance to­mor­row.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Scott Beard said he told Ms Mil­lane’s dev­as­tated fa­ther, David Mil­lane, yes­ter­day that they be­lieve Mil­lane was killed. The fa­ther had trav­elled from Bri­tain to New Zealand ear­lier in the week.

Mr Beard said they don’t know where Ms Mil­lane’s body is lo­cated but they’re de­ter­mined to find it and re­turn it to her fam­ily.

“I know that the thoughts of all New Zealan­ders will be with Grace’s fam­ily tonight,’’ Mr Beard said.

Po­lice have been con­duct­ing a scene ex­am­i­na­tion at a unit in the ho­tel. Mr Beard said they’re also ex­am­in­ing a ve­hi­cle and want to fig­ure out where it has been driven over the past week.

Ms Mil­lane had been stay­ing at a back­packer hos­tel in Auck­land and left some of her be­long­ings there. Mr Beard said she met a man for a cou­ple of hours on Satur­day evening be­fore sur­veil­lance cam­eras showed them en­ter­ing the CityLife ho­tel at about 9.40pm.

Her birth­day was on Sun­day but she didn’t con­tact her fam­ily.

Five days later, on Fri­day, David Mil­lane ar­rived in New Zealand and spoke with me­dia.

“Grace is a lovely, out­go­ing, fun-lov­ing, fam­ily-ori­ented daugh­ter,’’ he said, ad­ding that she was usu­ally in touch with her fam­ily ev­ery day.

“She ar­rived here on the 20th of Novem­ber, and has been bom­bard­ing us with nu­mer­ous pho­to­graphs and mes­sages of her ad­ven­tures,’’ Mr Mil­lane said. “We are all ex­tremely upset, and it’s very dif­fi­cult at this time to fully de­scribe the range of emo­tions we are go­ing through.’’

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