Grace Millane – Blood stains ‘reveal clean up operation’ in room after Brit, 21, ‘murdered by Tinder date’

BLOOD stains in the hotel room where Grace Millane was killed show that there had been a “clean up operation”, a court heard today.

The 21-year-old backpacker from Essex was allegedly murdered at the apartment in Auckland, New Zealand, by a man she met hours earlier on a Tinder date.

The trial of man accused of killing Grace Millane was shown photos of alleged blood stains in his apartment, highlighted by cops using chemical luminol
Grace Milane died the day before her 22nd birthday in New Zealand last December
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Scientist Dianne Crenfeldt, from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), told the jury she had located two circular probable blood stains between the accused’s bed and a wardrobe.

The smaller of the stains was more circular and “could have come from a bucket”, Ms Crenfeldt said.

She added: “The shape of the probable blood staining and the presence of blood on the floor provided strong support that a clean-up of blood had occurred in this area.”

The prosecutions say the defendant, who cannot be identified, murdered the 21-year-old woman from Wickford, Essex, and shoved her body inside a suitcase before burying her in a forested area outside Auckland.

The defence claims the death, on either December 1 or December 2 last year, was accidental.

Security footage played for the jury showed Grace, who was on a round-the-world trip, visiting a number of bars in the city centre with the accused 27-year-old, where they enjoyed a few drinks.

Her friend, Ameena Ashcroft, said she “thought something was out of place” when the young woman sent a series of messages on December 1 2018 in which Grace described wanting to “get smashed” with the man she met on Tinder.

Security footage showed the pair kiss repeatedly at the Bluestone Room before walking arm-in-arm a short distance into the lobby of the CityHigh hotel, where the defendant was staying.

Grace Millane and the accused had gone back to the City Life hotel after drinking in bars
CCTV captured her in a lift with the suspect, thought to be the last image of her alive
The pair were also captured cosying up to each other leaving a bar

Grace was shown to follow the defendant out of the lift at 9.41pm.

It was the last time she was seen alive.

Grace’s grieving mum Gillian, left the court in tears as detective Samuel Luker described a series of photographs found on the defendant’s phone.

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 Grace after she died.

The defendant, wearing a navy blue suit and black shirt, did not react as Gillian Millane walked out of the courtroom.

Data from the man’s phone showed he had used Google to browse websites for large duffel bags, suitcases and car hire.

The defendant’s phone was also used to search for “flesh-eating birds” and “are there vultures in New Zealand?” days later, on December 5 2018.

Records showed the defendant had searched online for “the hottest fire”, “large bags near me” and “Waitakere Ranges” – where Ms Millane’s body was later found contorted inside a suitcase on December 9 2018 – before going on another Tinder date later that day.

Grace Millane and the accused had gone back to the City Life hotel after drinking in bars
CCTV captured her in a lift with the suspect, thought to be the last image of her alive
The pair were also captured cosying up to each other leaving a bar

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