A 26-year-old New Zealand man accused of murdering a 22-year-old British backpacker and dumping her body in bushland was scary & # 39; scary & # 39; and obsessed with girls, a former softball teammate has said.
When he spoke to Daily Mail Australia on daily anonymity, the man said he could not agree with murder suspect Jesse Shane Kempson and he tried to prevent him spending time with him.
& # 39; He was a different kind of character, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; He was creepy towards girls. His life revolved around girls, taking girls.
He always tried to get younger girls … he was very quiet around the boys. & # 39;
Jesse Shane Kempson (photo) was & # 39; creepy & # 39; and his life revolved around talking to women & # 39 ;, said a former softball team member
The 26-year-old is accused of the murder of the 22-year-old Grace Millane (photo), originally from Essex in the southeast of England
Kempson's former teammate admitted at one point that he and some other men had intervened when New Zealand tried to initiate a relationship with a woman and warned her to spend time with him.
& # 39; He was a weird guy and he was not that good [at softball], "Said the man, noting the fact that he changed team several times during two separate stints in Australia.
Kempson, who is understood to have begotten a child during his stay in Australia, is currently in custody, accused of killing Grace Millane, a 22-year-old Essex backpacker in the south-east of England.
Ms. Millane was last seen around 9:40 PM on December 1 in the company of a man in the CityLife hotel in Auckland, not far from the hostel where she was staying, on the road where Kempson lived.
Prosecutors claim that Kempson killed her that night, or on Sunday, December 2, which was her 22nd birthday.
Her body was discovered by the New Zealand police on Sunday morning after a nationwide search and international outrage over her disappearance.
Family statements and Facebook messages both suggest that the man had problems, had a mental illness and was isolated from his relatives.
The former teammate said that Kempson (photo) had two separate stints in Australia and did not really fit into the other members of their softball team
The man from New Zealand (on the right) drives a policeman on his way to court on Monday
Defendant: Jesse Kempson, seen here in his Facebook profile image (left), and playing softball in 2010 (right), was charged with pre-trial detention for Grace Millane's murder
Kempson's family showed that he was partially reared by his grandparents after his parents separated when he was a young child, and that he had lived with his mother in Sydney as a teenager.
"He was a nice boy, but he fell off with everyone, what happens to broken marriages," his grandfather told Stuff.co.nz.
Kempson had become estranged from his family in recent years, and his father told Stuff that he had not talked to his son for two years because of a difference in opinion about life & # 39 ;.
The 26-year-old is supposed to live in Sydney for several years, and his grandparents said that he had conceived a daughter in Australia, but that he had no relationship with the mother.
On October 29 Kempson wrote a Facebook status in which he reflected on & # 39; bad decisions & # 39; he had taken, some of which had a big influence on others.
"I have thought a lot over time and reduced the cause of all this, and with that being said, I believe you all deserve to know," he wrote.
& # 39; My clear arrogance and selfishness [sic] has really influenced the relationship I have with people in my personal life.
I recently diagnosed severe anxiety and currently use medication to keep this under control.
Kempson tried to hit younger women primarily, said his former teammate, while earlier Tuesday showed that he was kicked out of a flatshare in Auckland because he was uncomfortable & # 39; had made
Ms. Millane's family became worried about the young woman when she had lost contact and said that it was not a character at all & # 39; had to keep quiet because they'd talk to her most days.
It is still unclear how Kempson (middle) and Ms. Millane met, or what the motive for her alleged murder might be.
& # 39; If I want to put all of that aside, I just want someone I've hurt or hurt to know that I'm really sorry from the bottom of my heart. & # 39;
His social media account seemed to be mainly used in the pursuit of girls, with many of his & beloved & # 39; photo & # 39; s as attractive young women.
MailOnline can reveal that Kempson had contact with Ms. Millane in the hours before she disappeared.
On Saturday, December 1, at 9:59 am local time, he commented on a Facebook photo of Mrs. Millane, who described her as' beautiful, very radiant & # 39 ;. The young woman was last seen only a few minutes later.
It remains unclear how Kempson and Mrs Millane met or what the possible motive for her murder might be.
The police detained the 26-year-old suspect earlier this week and accused him of the death of the young Briton.
Kempson can not currently be named in New Zealand or on social media as a result of a court order, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Last seen: Mrs. Millane was seen at three locations in the center of Auckland on December 1, a week before her body is found
Mrs. Millane (pictured right) would have had regular contact with her family until she was missing on Saturday night. During one of his two stints in Australia, Kempson (left) begot a child, his family said
Ms. Millane (pictured with her brothers) graduated from the University of Lincoln in September with a Bachelor in advertising and marketing before embarking on a world trip
& # 39; Beautiful & Radiant & # 39 ;: Kempson, with his first and middle names on Facebook, described Ms. Millane as "beautiful and very radiant", several hours before she disappeared
Detective inspector Scott Beard said that the body of Millane was found at Scenic Drive, which runs through the Waitakere Ranges, a popular park west of Auckland.
She was discovered about ten meters from the side of the road, hidden in the bushland, where her body was probably taken in a rented red Toyota Corolla.
The red Toyota was then re-let to persons who were not related to the investigation and eventually it was confiscated by the police, about 190 kilometers from Auckland, in the small tourist town of Taupo.
A former Kempson household member, who lived with him in New Zealand, told MailOnline that she and her other two female housemates asked him to leave after only six weeks, because he was uncomfortable & # 39; made.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, now lives in London, but said she was ill when she heard of the identity of the accused man.
Kempson's former roommate has said that he is a "fantastic" and a liar & # 39; who would completely change the personality when he drank
I almost got sick of it, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I remembered it right away when we all shared a flat in Auckland in 2016.
& # 39; He was a dreamer and a liar. I received him a lot and it made us unhappy that he was at home with us. & # 39;
The woman (23) said that Kempson had arrived at their flat after responding to an advertisement and renting the rent for the first month, as required.
"He told us that his parents were great at buying houses and restaurants in Australia and we believed him," she said.
& # 39; But then he told us later that he was negotiating to buy a restaurant at The Viaduct in Auckland. But I knew that had to be a lie.
& # 39; The restaurant is owned by my family and I knew my family member was not selling. & # 39;
The roommate said that this and the other two women startled and they felt more uncomfortable when Kempson would drink heavily, although he was never aggressive or made any sexual advances to them.
"His chest would come out and he would be brash. His character would change completely and he would speak with a different voice. & # 39;
Ms. Millane, from Essex, graduated from the university in September and embarked on a one-year global trip.
After visiting Peru, she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had her family bombed & # 39; with photo 's while she kept in touch with her parents and brothers through social media almost daily.
Her father, millionaire project developer David Millane, said that they had last contact on the day she disappeared.
TIMELINE OF THE DISAPPEARANCE AND SUSPECTED MURDER OF BACKPACKER GRACE MILLANE
November 20: Grace Millane arrives from Peru in New Zealand. She had almost daily contact with her family.
November 30: Ms. Millane places her last tweet and says: & # 39; I think that traveling has changed me. I just brought a pair of jeans. & # 39;
December 1: Mrs. Millane can be seen on CCTV and leaves a hotel in Auckland at 7.15 pm. Jesse Kempson describes Mrs. Millane as' beautiful and very radiant & # 39; in a comment on a Facebook photo at 21.29 hours. She can be seen at the CityLife Hotel in Auckland, with a male companion & # 39; at 9.40 pm.
December 2: The birthday of the 22-year-old. Her family does not hear from her, which is unusual behavior. Just before noon a red Toyota Corolla is hired at a central car rental company in Auckland.
3 December: The Toyota Corolla is returned and eventually re-rented to persons who are not related to the investigation
December 5: Her concerned family file a report about missing persons and pictured on Ms. Millane are shared online.
December 7th: The police said they had received dozens of calls at a hotline and that more than 25 staff members were working on the case and searching CCTV footage for hours to track its movements. After her arrival in Auckland her father, David Millane, makes an emotional plea for help in finding his daughter. The police reveals that they have spoken to the male companion and that he is a person of interest. The man was not taken into custody and the police said there was no evidence of foul play.
December 8: A 26-year-old man is taken into custody by the police at a central address in Auckland. The red Toyota is located in the city of Taupo
December 9: Police announces that they are looking for an area on Scenic Drive, near the Waitakere reservoir. Shortly after 16:00 local time (3 hours GMT), the police finds a body that is assumed to be Mrs. Millane in the vegetation at about ten meters from the road. A 26-year-old man is accused of her murder.
December 10: Jesse Kempson, 26, appears before the court in Auckland. He does not make a plea.
On Monday, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, made an emotional apology to Grace's family on behalf of the country.
She turned to Mrs Millane's family and said: "I can not imagine the grief of her family and what they would now experience and feel.
My thoughts and prayers are with her father David, who is in the country, her mother Gillian, who can not be here, and her wider family, friends and loved ones.
From the Kiwis I have spoken, there is this overwhelming sense of pain and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that is proud of our hospitality, on our manaakitanga [a Maori term meaning kindness and generosity] especially for those who visit our shores. & # 39;
Her voice sounded like emotion, the prime minister added: "So on behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace's family. Your daughter should have been safe here, and she was not, and I'm sorry. & # 39;
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