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, a court heard
Someone with bloody footprints was walking around the apartment in Auckland where backpacker Grace Millane died before a thorough cleaning operation was attempted, a court has heard.
Scientist Dianne Crenfeldt, of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), told the jury that she had found two roughly circular probable blood stains between the accused's bed and a wardrobe.
The smaller of the spots was more circular and & # 39; could have come from a bucket & # 39 ;, Crenfeldt said.
She added: & # 39; The shape of the likely blood stains and the presence of blood on the floor strongly supported the cleansing of blood in this area. & # 39;
The crown has claimed that the defendant, who cannot be named because of an order for repression, killed the young woman from Wickford, Essex, and put her body in a suitcase before burying her in a wooded area outside of Auckland.
Photos of the bedroom where British backpacker Grace Millane was allegedly strangled during sex were shown to a jury on Thursday
The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was flanked by correction officers during the opening of the trial on Wednesday
This image shows a white substance on the floor, Luminol, which police scientists used to show traces of blood on the carpet, the jury heard on Thursday
The defense claims that the death, on December 1 or December 2, 2018, the date of Mrs. Millane's 22nd birthday, was accidental.
Mrs. Crenfeldt told defense lawyer Ian Brookie during cross-examination that luminol tests showed that someone had walked through the apartment with blood on their feet, she said.
She was also asked how accurate the chemical was when testing for the presence of blood.
Brookie said: & # 39; If someone has mixed blood with a cleaning product and moved it, it may distort the original blood stain, correct? & # 39;
Luminol was very sensitive and pointed to the presence of blood and could also show evidence of a cleaning, said Mrs. Crenfeldt.
The images presented in court on Thursday show clothes that have been strewn over the corrugated sheets and a suitcase (photo) in the corner that is not the one who used the alleged killed to dump her body.
Grace Millane, (left after her graduation) 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. His parents David and Gillian Millane were again at the Auckland Supreme Court on Thursday
Brookie said his client had told the police that he & # 39; different cleaning products & # 39; had used an attempt to remove blood from the carpet, the lawyer then asked if this claim was supported by scientific evidence.
Mrs. Crenfeldt replied: & # 39; Everything I have seen is consistent with the fact that blood is present and that it is being cleared away. & # 39;
Her cross-examination ended and in response to a question from prosecutor Robin McCoubrey, she stated: & There was visible blood on the underside of the carpet, on the underlayer and on the concrete.
The court also heard that tests on the body of backpacker Grace Millane showed no evidence of drugs and gave no conclusive answer about how much she drank on the night of death.
CCTV recordings of a number of bars that British tourist Grace and her 27-year-old alleged killer visited in the hours before she died showed the couple heavy drinking.
The vouchers of the four hours that the couple toured together in the city center showed that they had bought jars of margaritas, sangria, mango passion mint cocktails, beer, cider and tequila shots and did not buy food.
And the accused lawyer, Ian Brookie, has already told the jury that he will raise the issue of how drunk Grace was to help them decide how the university graduate died during a Tinder date last December on the eve of her 22nd birthday .
Forensic toxicologist Diana Kappatos today told the Auckland Supreme Court that she had found 106 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of Grace's blood.
But although that was twice the legal limit of New Zealand to drive, the results could not be invoked because of the week that passed between her death and testing, which could disrupt the measurement results.
A smiling Grace Millane enters the ApartHotel in Auckland, where her alleged assassin snorted out her life for his own sexual sensation, the trial was fascinating New Zealand Thursday
On Thursday, security images for the jury showed Mrs. Millane, who was traveling around the world, a visit to a number of bars in the city center with the accused 27-year-old, where they drank alcohol.
Mrs. Millane's girlfriend, Ameena Ashcroft, said she & # 39; thought something was wrong & # 39; when the young woman sent a series of messages on December 1, 2018 in which Ms. Millane described that she wanted to be beaten & # 39; with the man she met at Tinder.
Security images showed the kiss repeatedly in the Bluestone Room before walking arm-in-arm a short distance into the lobby of the CityHigh hotel, where the suspect was staying.
Millane appeared to follow the defendant out of the elevator at 9:41 PM.
It was the last time she was seen alive.
Gillian Millane, the deceased wife's mother, left the court in tears when Detective Samuel Luker described a series of photos found on the suspect's phone.
Those photos taken in the early hours of December 2, 2018, showed intimate photos of a woman's body, said the detective, whom the Crown claimed to have been taken after Mrs. Millane's death.
The defendant was wearing a navy blue suit and a black shirt and did not respond when Gillian Millane left the courtroom.
Data from the man's phone showed that he had used Google to search websites for large duffel bags, suitcases, and car rental.
The suspect's phone was also used to search for & # 39; carnivorous birds & # 39; and & # 39; are there vultures in New Zealand? & # 39; days later, on December 5, 2018.
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 Millane & # 39; s body was found in a suitcase later on December 9, 2018 – before he went on another Tinder date later day.
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