Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Grace Millane trial: blood in hotel room likely backpacker's, court hears

Grace Millane trial: blood in hotel room likely backpacker's, court hears

She added: "The form of the possible blood staining and the presence of blood on the ground supplied sturdy assist {that a} clean-up of blood had occurred on this space".

Ms Millane, 21, and the accused 27-year-old man who can not be named for legal reasons, were seen on CCTV footage "plainly comfortable. plainly enjoying themselves", in the words of the prosecutor Robin McCoubrey. Her body was found in a suitcase a week later, buried in the Waitakere Ranges.

Earlier, ESR scientist Dianne Crenfeldt examined his apartment, where it's agreed Ms Millane died on the night of 1 to 2 December previous year.

Those photographs taken in the early hours of December 2, 2018 showed intimate photos of a woman's body, the detective said, which the Crown has alleged were taken of Millane after her death.

Ms Crenfeldt, who carried out a scene examination of the accused's room, told the jury about "probable blood stains" found in the CityLife hotel apartment.

Though he admitted to her strangling death, the defendant claims she died accidentally when they engaged in "rough sex" on December 1 in his apartment.

The smaller of the stains was extra round and "might have come from a bucket", Ms Crenfeldt mentioned.

Ms Millane, a marketing graduate from Wickford, Essex, had visited South America, including Chile, Patagonia and Peru, before she disappeared after arriving in New Zealand in November past year.

Ms Crenfeldt replied: 'Everything I have seen is consistent with there being blood present and it being cleaned up'.

Luminol testing also showed that "somebody with blood on their feet moved around" the room.


He said he woke up the next morning to find Ms Millane dead, and bleeding from the nose, on the floor of his bedroom.

On December 8 previous year, Millane's alleged killer gave a police interview in which he said the tourist was bleeding, the court has heard.

While there was no visible sign of blood on the top layer of the carpet, there was evidence of blood on the underside of the carpet, both sides of the underlay and the concrete floor below.

Ms Crenfeldt said there was no blood on the Adidas bag but stains were found in the carpet, on the fridge and on the suitcase.

Thomas-Stone said the major profile component of the DNA found corresponded with that of Millane, and was 300,000 million times more likely to her DNA and an unknown person than two random people in the general New Zealand population.

Yesterday, the court was shown CCTV footage detailing the pair's date the night she died.

Forensic scientist Diana Kappatos, a specialist in toxicology, analysed a sample of Ms Millane's blood and found the alcohol content was double that of the legal limit in New Zealand.

She met the suspect on the dating app Tinder, and the pair were seen kissing and going to several bars in the city centre. On November 6, the 21-year-old whose body was found crammed in a suitcase, its murder trial at Auckland High Court took place with the parents as well as the jury watching the CCTV footage of the victim meeting her alleged killer.

The court heard Ms Ashcroft sent a number of short replies to Ms Millane, including "you have to go to his apartment in the hotel", "bet it's like the top floor" and "I love you too".

The trial before Justice Moore and a jury is set down for four weeks but may finish earlier.

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