Grace Millane murder trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand has retired to consider its verdict.

The young woman from Wickford, Essex, died after going back to the apartment of a 27-year-old man she met on the dating app Tinder.

The defendant, whose name is subject to a suppression order, is accused of strangling her and shoving her body inside a suitcase before burying her in a forested area outside Auckland.

The defence says the death, on either 1 December or 2 December 2018 – the date of Ms Millane's 22nd birthday – was accidental and occurred during rough sexual intercourse.

Justice Simon Moore told the jury members that, to convict the accused of murder, they had to be certain he had murderous intent when he put his hands on Ms Millane's neck.


Mr Moore asked: "Are you sure that when he applied pressure to Miss Millane's neck… Did he intend to cause injury?"

He also asked them to consider if the accused was willing to take the chance of Ms Millane dying due to his actions.

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"If yes, then (the defendant) is guilty of murder," the judge said.

Image: The pair were seen drinking at various bars in the city

But, Justice Moore added, if the jury members did not consider a murder had been committed, they must consider the prospect of manslaughter.

The court had been told Ms Millane had an interest in BDSM, with a previous sexual partner testifying they had used safe words and physical tapping to indicate when physical pressure became overwhelming.

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