Lucie Blackman Belief
The person accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane “eroticised her loss of life”, prosecutors have mentioned.
Ms Millane, 21, died in a resort room in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier than being buried in woodland exterior town.
In a closing speech, prosecutor Brian Dickey mentioned the defendant had “sexualised” the killing by taking intimate pictures of her useless physique earlier than viewing pornography on-line.
His defence claims the loss of life was an accident throughout consensual intercourse.
Ms Millane, from Wickford, Essex, died on the evening earlier than her 22nd birthday in December final yr.
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The defence has advised Auckland Excessive Court docket her loss of life was not homicide, however the results of choking throughout intercourse which “went unsuitable”.
In his closing remarks, Mr Dickey mentioned proof from pathologists had proven deadly strangulation outcomes from “sustained stress” to the neck.
Ms Millane would have “gone limp” and proven different indicators of bodily misery a while earlier than loss of life, he mentioned.
“In case you are glad that [the defendant] knew he was doing one thing that will trigger some hurt, he did it after which loss of life occurred, he can be responsible of homicide,” he advised jurors.
‘Calm and calculated’
In his closing speech, Ian Brookie, for the defendant, mentioned the “core” of his consumer’s story of an accident matched with the proof.
“These two individuals did get carried away within the second, they did get affected by alcohol and weren’t skilled in these kind of actions, significantly stress to the neck,” he mentioned
The defendant’s behaviour had proven a “actual lack of planning and an absence of sophistication”, he added.
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However Mr Dickey mentioned the person’s actions after Ms Millane’s loss of life had been “cool, calm and calculated” and never panicked as claimed by the defence.
The 27-year-old, who can’t be named for authorized causes, admits placing Ms Millane’s physique in a suitcase which was discovered within the mountainous Waitākere Ranges exterior Auckland.
Mr Dickey mentioned the person had looked for details about the world earlier than taking pictures of Ms Millane’s corpse.
He had purchased a second suitcase in a bid to cowl his tracks, in addition to cleansing merchandise and a shovel, jurors heard.
The person additional confirmed an absence of concern for Ms Millane’s dignity when he went on a Tinder date the subsequent day whereas her physique was nonetheless inside his resort room, Mr Dickey mentioned.
The trial continues.