The parents of the murdered student Grace Millane are confronted with the man who & # 39; British backpacker & # 39; The night before her 22nd birthday strangled & # 39; – as a trial begins in New Zealand
- Project developer David Millane and his wife Gillian are at the Supreme Court of Auckland
- Miss Millane traveled when she arrived in New Zealand last November
- On Monday, the 27-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty of murdering Millane
Grace Millane's parents face the man who reportedly strangled the British backpacker the night before her 22nd birthday.
Project developer David Millane, 61, and his wife Gillian, from Wickford in Essex, were portrayed at the Auckland Supreme Court, while the 27-year-old allegedly murdering her started today.
Opening statements in the process started with justice Simon Moore who reminded jury members of their responsibility.
He said he wanted to remind the seven women and five men of & # 39; the importance of not talking to anyone but your fellow jury members & # 39; about the case.
Grace Millane's parents, David and Gillian Millane, arrived at the Supreme Court of Auckland
& # 39; The other point that I want to repeat from Monday is the absolute prohibition to make inquiries on the internet & # 39 ;, he added.
& # 39; That is, I hope, the last thing you will hear from me on that subject. & # 39;
Mrs. Millane's parents sat together in the public gallery during Mr. Moore's opening speech.
David and Gillian Millane were accompanied by detective inspector Scott Beard before the New Zealand court.
The 27-year-old accused of the murder of Mrs. Millane was flanked by correction officers at the address of the judge.
The name of the suspect is protected because of a suppression order.
Mrs. Millane attended the accused's apartment and was killed by & # 39; manual strangulation & quot ;, said Crown Officer Robin McCoubrey.
McCoubrey said: & # 39; The pathologist will tell you about a bruise that he has found on the left side of her neck. The cause of her death was pressure in the neck. & # 39;
Grace Millane was traveling around the world when she arrived in New Zealand last November.
The 22-year-old's body was found in a wooded area near Auckland a week after she was last seen in a city center hotel on December 2.
On Monday, the 27-year-old defendant, a New Zealander who for legal reasons cannot be called, pleaded guilty of murdering graduate Lincoln Millane student Miss Millane in the room of a city center hotel where he lived full-time
The 27-year-old man who allegedly killed her pleaded not guilty of the crime in January.
He re-entered that plea on Monday when the trial began with the selection of seven women and five men to form a jury.
His name cannot be published due to a suppression order.
Crown attorney Brian Dickey will open the prosecution case in which details of Grace's death are first heard in public.
The defendant's lawyer, Ian Brookie, will also outline the defense case.
The trial at Auckland High Court for Justice Simon Moore is expected to take a maximum of five weeks.
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
Grace Millane & # 39; s (photo) family, who flew to New Zealand to collect the body, paid tribute to the talented artist
Miss Millane's death struck a deep chord in New Zealand, which is proud to welcome tourists and where many young people take a gap year to travel abroad.
Hundreds of people throughout the country attended candlelight watches after her death.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern summarized the vote at the time in an emotional press conference. & # 39; There is an overwhelming sense of pain and shame that this has happened in our country, & # 39; said Ardern.
Millane was in New Zealand for less than two weeks when she went missing.
She stayed in a backpacker hostel in Auckland and had left some of her things there.
She was last seen alive on the evening of December 1 and did not contact her family the following day, her 22nd birthday, which worried them.
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