The jury in the Grace Millane murder trial is living heartbreaking video footage of her last hours on a Tinder date with the man accused of strangling her during sex.
While her parents watched from the public gallery, backpacker Grace, from Wickford in Essex, took a picture of a Christmas tree in New Zealand that she sent while waiting to meet the alleged murderer for the first time.
It was the university student's last contact with her family, but today project developer David Millane and his wife Gill are looking at 30 minutes of footage discovered by the police from a chain of CCTV cameras in central Auckland.
Grace Millane, 22, disappeared during the early hours of her 22nd birthday during a trip around the world in New Zealand. Her body was later found in a suitcase buried in the forest
Today's footage started at 5:11 PM on December 11, the accused, dressed in a pale shirt and jeans, had bought four bottles of Heineken in the Bluestone Room (photo)
Outside of SkyCity, Miss Millane was seen arriving at the casino's 20-foot-high Christmas tree, where she was waiting at 5.45 p.m.
In the CCTV images shown to jurors, the defendant walked into view and opened his arms for a hug with Miss Millane
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and Mrs. Millane then hug near a Christmas tree
The two walk to an escalator, have a conversation, then enter the casino and find Andy & # 39; s Burger Bar
The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was flanked by correction officers during the opening of the trial on Wednesday
The film covered almost their entire date, from meeting outside the Sky City casino, to drinking in a series of bars, to entering the CityLife hotel where the suspect, who cannot be called, lived.
A final scene, at 9:41 PM, shows the couple leaving the hotel elevator and heading for the alleged murderer's apartment.
It was on December 1 last year, the eve of her 22nd birthday, the Grace and the 27-year-old man agreed to meet after a connection through Tinder the previous day.
Today, Detective Adam Bicknell told the jury that he had been responsible for tracing Grace and her alleged killer movements through the city as part of Operation Gourami, the codename for the police investigation into her disappearance.
His team had watched hundreds of hours of film captured for six days, Detective Bicknell said.
Grace Millane's parents, David and Gillian Millane, arrived at the Auckland Supreme Court on Wednesday
Mrs. Millane's body was found in a wooded area near Auckland, a week after she was last seen in a hotel in downtown Auckland
The jury of seven women and five men, and the defendant at the dock, looked nailed and he and Grace were seen ordering drinks and finding a table
Grace Millane and the defendant can view the menu and then order drinks
Miss Millane and the 27-year-old then leave the bar and find a seat in the bar
Today's footage started at 5:11 p.m. on December 11, with the suspect entering the Bluestone Room and half an hour later, Grace, in a black dress, left the Base backpackers' hostel where she was staying and rain-soaked streets walked to Sky City.
The suspect, who was wearing a pale shirt and jeans, had bought four bottles of Heineken in the Bluestone Room, the detective said.
Outside of SkyCity, Miss Millane was seen arriving at the casino's 20-foot-high Christmas tree, where she was waiting at 5:45 PM.
& # 39; I think we could see Mrs. Millane on her phone at the time & # 39 ;, said Detective Bicknell and asked about the photo she had sent to her parents 45 minutes later.
Within minutes, the suspect walked into view, approached Grace and gave her a hug, before they walked into the casino together and found Andy & # 39; s Burger Bar.
The jury of seven women and five men, and the defendant at the dock, looked nailed and he and Grace were seen ordering drinks and finding a table.
At 7.22 pm the couple left the burger bar and walked down the casino atrium and the escalator, onto the street and past the Christmas tree.
With Miss Millane seemingly happy chatting with her date, they cross the road to the Mexican cafe where they spend the next hour until the defendant comes to pay the bill with her standing beside him
Grace Millane is the defendant who enters a Mexican café and orders drinks
After they sat down, Grace Millane and the suspect shared two jugs with margheritas and one with sangria
The suspect came to pay the bill with the 22-year-old villain next to him
The family of the murdered British backpacker Grace Millane (far right). From left to right: father David Millan, brother Michael Millane, mother Gillian Millane, brother Declan Millane and Grace
At 7.22 pm the couple left the burger bar and walked down the casino's atrium and down the escalator, onto the street and past the Christmas tree.
With Miss Millane apparently happily talking to her date, they cross the road to the Mexican cafe where they spend the next hour until the suspect came to pay the bill with her next to him.
They had shared two jugs with margheritas and one with sangria.
At 8.27 pm, Detective Bicknell said, the couple were filmed in the distance on Albert Street and they came closer and closer to the alleged murderer's house.
However, they entered the Bluestone Room beforehand, where the accused previously only drank beer.
Before going to the alleged murderer's house, they go to the Bluestone Room, where the suspect had been alone at the start of the evening
The defendant can be seen with a tray of drinks (circled in red) while Miss Millane looks at him
With the drinks in hand and the defendant siggling out of a bottle, they found a table where they spent another hour
The accused smiles and puts his hand behind Miss Millane's head as he leans forward to kiss her
Three hours after their first meeting, Miss Millane and the defendant are repeatedly kissed
The backpacker disappears from view and the accused checks his phone while the crowd revolves around him on Saturday night
With the drinks in hand and the defendant siggled out of a bottle, they found a table where they spent another hour.
The accused smiles and puts his hand behind Miss Millane's head as he leans forward to kiss her.
Three hours after their first meeting, they are repeatedly shown kissing.
Just before 9 o'clock in the evening, the accused Grace kisses again while he walks away and lets her look on the phone at the table.
Between checking her phone, the doomed tourist leans back time and again to try to find her date and greets him with a smile as he does.
Miss Millane and the defendant walk arm in arm through the street and towards CityLife
At 9:40 am, the couple cuddle as they enter the CityLife lobby and head for the elevators
They get into the elevator, go to his third-floor apartment and leave for room 308
Grace Millane and the suspect leave the elevator and go to room 308
He then seems to drink from a shot glass, follow it with a slice of lemon or lime and then resume sipping from a bottle.
At 9:20 pm, Grace disappears from sight and the accused checks his phone while the crowd revolves around him on Saturday night.
At 9.37 a.m. the couple hug and kiss each other before they go into the night.
The receipts showed that they had drunk Heineken, cider and two tequila shots.
At 9:40 am, the couple cuddle as they enter the CityLife lobby and head for the elevators.
They step into the elevator, go to his third-floor apartment and leave for room 308, where Grace would meet her end during the night.
It is the last time she is seen alive.
The crown claimed that the defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, strangled Ms. Millane during rough sexual intercourse.
The defense claims that the death, on December 1 or December 2, 2018, the date of Mrs. Millane's 22nd birthday, was accidental.
Reportedly, telephone records showed that the suspect had searched online for & # 39; the hottest fire & # 39 ;, & # 39; large bags with me & # 39; and & # 39; Waitakere Ranges & # 39; – where Mrs. Millane's body was later found twisted in a suitcase – before he went on another Tinder date later that day.
Crown Attorney Robin McCoubrey during his opening statement in court on Wednesday
Lawyer Ian Brookie during his opening statement in the Grace Millane murder trial on Wednesday
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