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Man Sentenced To 17 Years For The Murder Of Grace Millane

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:25 AM - 21 Feb 2020



A 28-year-old man has been jailed for life, with a minimum of 17 years, for the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand.

She was strangled at a hotel in Auckland in December 2018, the night before her 22nd birthday, while she was on a Tinder date.

The man who can't be named for legal reasons claimed she died in an accident, but in November a jury found him guilty of murder.

The judge said the defendant showed a "lack of empathy".

Grace's mother addressed her daughter's killer directly in court; 'You took it upon yourself to murder my beautiful Grace, an innocent young lady.

On a daily basis I torment myself over what you did to my Grace, the terror and pain she must have experienced at your hands.

As a mother I would have done anything to change places with her. I sit full of guilt knowing I couldn't help her, that I should have been there.'



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