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Suspect Grace Millane tells the police that he left her after the date, but he even brought her to his hotel

This is the moment when the man suspected of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane lied in his first interview with the police.

Images shown to jurors at the Auckland Supreme Court in New Zealand show how the 27-year-old tells an officer that he left his date with Tinder after a few drinks in a bar – when he actually took her to his hotel in the city ​​brought and strangled her.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was first interrogated five days after his date with university graduate Grace, whose naked body he had buried in a suitcase in the woods after she died during sex.

He can be heard telling Detective Ewen Settle that the couple had said goodbye to each other after a two-hour session in a restaurant at the SkyCity casino.

In fact, the court has heard that the two were drinking two more bars before entering his building in the £ 190 per week apartment in the CityLife hotel on Auckland's main street, Queen Street.

The trial has already been told that two days later, in a second interview, the man said that Grace died after asking him to choke her during sex.

But he said he didn't know she was dead on his hotel floor because he had fallen asleep in the shower and only saw her body the next morning.

The suspect (pictured left during his first police interview) told officers that he and Grace Millane broke up after their date when they actually returned to his apartment

The suspect (pictured left during his first police interview) told officers that he and Grace Millane broke up after their date when they actually returned to his apartment

Grace & # 39; 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

Grace & # 39; 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

Grace & # 39; 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

& # 39; We drank a lot of cocktails in the burger bar and we had good conversations, & # 39; he said to the officer and said the date & # 39; pretty good & # 39; Has been.

Grace, he said, had invited him to celebrate her 22nd birthday the next day at the backpackers hostel where she was staying.

In the interview, he says that Grace told him she was staying in a hostel called The Base.

& # 39; She's going that way and I'm going across the street, & # 39; the man said, urging him to meet a colleague at work on the Auckland waterfront after the Saturday night date.

He chose an unusual route, he said, because & # 39; it's a lot safer than walking through the streets & # 39 ;.

The court heard the suspect and Grace continued to drink before returning to his apartment.

The suspect, who had not been arrested or officially a suspect at the time of his first interview, had driven to the central police station after officers found him on the street outside of CityLife and ran after him and caught him in a store.

Dressed in a white business shirt and black cardigan, the man said that he and Grace had met through Tinder and that they had sent the message and simply & # 39; hey & # 39; said.

After graduating from Lincoln University with a degree in advertising and marketing, Grace spent six weeks on a world tour.

They agreed to meet outside of a & # 39; winter wonderland & # 39; display, the man told DS Settle.

After drinking cocktails, the suspect and Grace entered a casino and then to Andy & # 39; s Burger Bar (the couple pictured walking together)

After drinking cocktails, the suspect and Grace entered a casino and then to Andy & # 39; s Burger Bar (the couple pictured walking together)

After drinking cocktails, the suspect and Grace entered a casino and then to Andy & # 39; s Burger Bar (the couple pictured walking together)

A video of the interview with the alleged murderer (left) with the police was played today for jury members at the Auckland Supreme Court in New Zealand

A video of the interview with the alleged murderer (left) with the police was played today for jury members at the Auckland Supreme Court in New Zealand

A video of the interview with the alleged murderer (left) with the police was played today for jury members at the Auckland Supreme Court in New Zealand

The Millanes: (L-R) father David, brother Michael, mother Gillian, brother Declan and Grace, who died last December in Auckland, New Zealand

The Millanes: (L-R) father David, brother Michael, mother Gillian, brother Declan and Grace, who died last December in Auckland, New Zealand

The Millanes: (L-R) father David, brother Michael, mother Gillian, brother Declan and Grace, who died last December in Auckland, New Zealand

& # 39; I gave her a hug and she gave me a hug, & # 39; he said. & # 39; And then we decided that we went to Andy & # 39; s Burger Bar on the first floor. & # 39;

The man said Grace told him she was looking for a generous bartending job while traveling through New Zealand before returning to Wickford in Essex in June of the following year.

He said he had offered to help her find work in the sales team of the company where he worked.

Earlier in court, a detective told how she had identified the suspect as a person of interest after seeing a message that he had posted on Grace's Facebook page.

At 9:29 p.m. on December 1, just 11 minutes before he left a bar and headed for CityLife, the man had written: & # 39; Beautiful, very radiant & # 39; under the updated profile photo of Grace.

Detective Diana Levinzon told how she had sent the man a message that the police were looking for Grace and asked him to contact her. He called her the next morning, Det Levinzon said.

He said he had been to Miss Millane on Saturday night. He had met her at Tinder and the last time he saw her was at 10 p.m.

Another detective, Jason Han, called the man and arranged to meet up that morning. In a half-hour conversation, DC Han told the court that the man had given them a different address, his previous home.

DC Han said the man told them they had shared six or seven cocktails and left SkyCity around 8:00 PM before he broke up when he went to the waterfront alone.

The jury heard that the man agreed to have photos taken and said that after work he would be free to make a formal statement at 4 p.m.

The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pictured by corrections officers at the opening of the trial in Auckland, New Zealand last week

The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pictured by corrections officers at the opening of the trial in Auckland, New Zealand last week

The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pictured by corrections officers at the opening of the trial in Auckland, New Zealand last week

Grace Millane (pictured on her graduation day from the University of Lincoln) 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 in the forest near the city

Grace Millane (pictured on her graduation day from the University of Lincoln) 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 in the forest near the city

Grace Millane (pictured on her graduation day from the University of Lincoln) 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 in the forest near the city

In fact, the court heard, he was noticed at 2.20 pm by another officer, Det Toni Jordan, outside of CityLife.

Det Jordan said the police had found the address on their intelligence system, but did not expect to see it there.

She said the man had been shown to her by hotel staff and had drawn her attention. She and a colleague ran after him and found him in a shop at the end of the road. He agreed to come to the police station, she said.

& # 39; The defendant said something along the lines of wanting to arrange all this & # 39 ;, said Det Jordan.

The trial has already been told that two days later, in a second interview, the man said that Grace died after asking him to choke her during sex.

But he said he wasn't aware that she was lying dead on his hotel floor because he had fallen asleep in the shower and only saw her body the next morning.

Earlier in the procedure, forensic pathologist Dr. Simon Stables said a deep internal bruise on the 22-year-old's neck and others on her chest and arms suggesting that she was pinned with great force.

He told jury members of the Auckland Supreme Court that her alleged murderer claimed she died during consensual & # 39; rugged & # 39; sex that was the first of their kind he had encountered in New Zealand.

Dr. Stables said: & # 39; From my point of view, it is incredibly rare. I've never heard of another case … in New Zealand. & # 39;

He rejected the idea that the injury was a & # 39; love bite & # 39; was, as claimed by the suspect's legal team.

The defendant says that Grace, from Wickford, Essex, died accidentally after she asked him to choke her during a Tinder date in his apartment last December.

Dr. Simons gave the cause of death as & # 39; pressure on the neck & # 39; and explained that it should be sustained for four to five minutes with immense pressure.

Dr. Forensic Pathologist Simon Stables shows how he claims that Grace, from Wickford, Essex, was strangled

Dr. Forensic Pathologist Simon Stables shows how he claims that Grace, from Wickford, Essex, was strangled

Dr. Forensic Pathologist Simon Stables shows how he claims that Grace, from Wickford, Essex, was strangled

Dr. Stables said that a deep internal bruise in the neck of the 22-year-old and others on her chest and arms suggest that she was pinned with great force

Dr. Stables said that a deep internal bruise in the neck of the 22-year-old and others on her chest and arms suggest that she was pinned with great force

Dr. Stables said that a deep internal bruise in the neck of the 22-year-old and others on her chest and arms suggest that she was pinned with great force

He rejected the idea that the injury was a & # 39; love bite & # 39; was, as claimed by the suspect's legal team

He rejected the idea that the injury was a & # 39; love bite & # 39; was, as claimed by the suspect's legal team

He rejected the idea that the injury was a & # 39; love bite & # 39; was, as claimed by the suspect's legal team

Dr. Simons gave the cause of death as & # 39; pressure on the neck & # 39; and explained that it should be sustained for four to five minutes with immense pressure

Dr. Simons gave the cause of death as & # 39; pressure on the neck & # 39; and explained that it should be sustained for four to five minutes with immense pressure

Dr. Simons gave the cause of death as & # 39; pressure on the neck & # 39; and explained that it should be sustained for four to five minutes with immense pressure

He said: & # 39; It's not going to happen with a soft touch & # 39 ;, he told the jury. & # 39; It must be with some force. It takes a lot of effort. & # 39;

The bruise was deep in the neck, he added, and invisible on the surface, suggesting it happened at the time of death.

Other blue bruises on her torso, he said, were & # 39; consistent with a certain amount of restraint & # 39 ;.

Rejecting the rejection of the love bite by the defendant Ian Brookie's lawyer, he replied: “It is not like one I have seen in my experience.

But he agreed that some of the bruises on her arms could be the result of & # 39; consensual but physical sex & # 39 ;.

Dr Stables, viewed by Grace's tearing mother and father in the public gallery, showed Auckland High Court a series of photos of a post mortem he heard last December after her body was found crammed into a suitcase buried in dense forest.

Despite the effects of a week of dissolution before her body was found by following the accused's cell phone, he did not doubt the bruise, about six inches by three below the left side of Grace's jaw, which was before the death was caused.

& # 39; I don't think it's a post-mortem change, it's really an injury & # 39 ;, he said.

Dr. Stables said that obstructing blood flow or airways in the neck to cause death by cutting oxygen to the brain would require between two and five kilograms of pressure.

And he added: & # 39; A 22-year-old woman with no medical history, I would not expect that she would easily get bruises. & # 39;

Brookie said to Dr. Stables that the defense would not challenge the finding of death through manual strangulation, but would suggest that alcohol played a role after Grace and the accused spent the evening drinking cocktails and tequila shots in a number of bars.

The lawyer of the defendant Ron Mansfield at the court last Thursday

The lawyer of the defendant Ron Mansfield at the court last Thursday

The lawyer of the defendant Ron Mansfield at the court last Thursday

Dr. Stables had told prosecutor Brian Dickey that alcohol can sensitize the heart, but he said the results of a toxicology test showing that levels in Grace & # 39; s blood twice the legal driving limit were meaningless because of the effects of dissolution.

Earlier, one of the suspect's earlier Tinder data told the court that he was a & # 39; lying sociopath & # 39; was and claimed he had told her she had cancer.

The defendant told the university student that he was dying and that he was related to an All Blacks rugby star in a series of self-operated lies.

She told jurors yesterday that she had to fight for her life when he choked her during sex on their date, weeks before Grace disappeared.

By providing evidence, the woman whose identity is being protected denied his attorney's ongoing attempts to suggest that she had made up her story to explain her association with the man when she heard he had been charged with murder.

His lawyer Ron Mansfield said: & You are trying to make something completely different from this encounter.

& # 39; You wanted to portray it in the worst possible light. You wanted to portray yourself as a bit of a victim. & # 39;

But she said to the court: & # 39; It was one of the worst days of my life. You can't take that away.

& # 39; He would see me kicking and winding, you can't say I enjoyed it. & # 39;

The woman said the man had pretended to die of cancer on the night of their Tinder date in November last year, just a month before Grace, from Wickford, Essex, was killed in the same apartment.

He also said that an All Blacks player was his cousin and invited him to watch the latest game in New Zealand with the team's wives and girlfriends, she said.

Grace Millane's parents, David and Gillian, arrive at the Auckland Supreme Court last week

Grace Millane's parents, David and Gillian, arrive at the Auckland Supreme Court last week

Grace Millane's parents, David and Gillian, arrive at the Auckland Supreme Court last week

He even pretended to call the star and leave a phone message for him, she told the court.

The man also boasted about a $ 500,000 business deal he had concluded that day and told her that he had been raped by a male relative, but had called in members of a gang to chase the man away.

She added: “I didn't believe a word he said. A person who nearly killed someone by choking him, and then claimed to be in pain to give me sympathy to let me stay … There's a word for that – a sociopath. & # 39;

Mr. Mansfield referred to a huge archive of text messages that the woman had exchanged after the alleged suffocation incident, in which she suggested that they continue their relationship and he said, "I hope you still want me." ;

The lawyer suggested that the man simply kissed her when she stopped oral sex and that her version was invented.

& # 39; May I suggest that if something as terrible as this had happened, you would not have had a 708 message with him the following days? & # 39; Mr. Mansfield said. & # 39; You could have just spoken to him. & # 39;

But the woman said to the court: & I was afraid of him. I didn't want him to appear in my life. It makes no sense, but I did what I felt I had to do to feel safe. & # 39;

She said she hadn't told anyone about the incident until she was interrogated by the police five months later. & # 39; I was ashamed and embarrassed that I had put myself in a dangerous position & # 39 ;, she added.

The jury will continue to watch the video interview when the trial is resumed tomorrow.

The defendant denies murder and claims that Grace & # 39; s death was accidental.

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