GRACE Millane was murdered by a person “looking for whole domination” by choking life from her, a prosecutor mentioned as a jury ready to determine his destiny.
The British backpacker‘s killer had “some kind of bizarre thrill over ladies who had been his sexual companions”, a court docket heard as we speak.
Grace and the defendant, who can’t be named for authorized causes[/caption]
He had then taken “trophy images” of the 22-year-old due to a “morbid curiosity in a lifeless lady’s genitalia”, the prosecutor mentioned.
Professionals Brian Dickey made his closing speech at Auckland Excessive Courtroom saying there was a “compelling case of homicide” in opposition to the 27-year-old defendant, who claims Grace died after consenting to being choked throughout intercourse.
‘IT’S NOT SAFE SEX’
“It’s not protected intercourse play that killed Grace Millane, it’s strangulation,” mentioned Mr Dickey.
“At some stage in which she misplaced consciousness and would have change into limp and lifeless and he needed to stick with it.
“And if that’s not reckless homicide somebody should clarify to me what’s.”
Mr Dickey mentioned proof by knowledgeable pathology witnesses was clear that it could take between 5 and ten minutes of sustained stress earlier than Grace, a college graduate from Essex, would have died.
And he mentioned the Crown didn’t must show the person, whose identification is protected, had meant to kill her, solely that he was reckless about what he was doing.
“If you happen to kill somebody by acutely aware threat taking that’s homicide,” he mentioned.
“In case you are happy he knew that he was doing one thing that was inflicting some degree of hurt.”
Mr Dickey dismissed the person’s model of occasions in a second police interview, the place he claimed he had fallen asleep within the bathe of his residence and located Grace lifeless on the ground hours later, as a “labyrinth of storytelling.”
He had lied about attempting to take an overdose of tablets after she died as a result of “he’s attempting to make out he’s an honest human being”, he mentioned.
Dr Simon Stables described Grace’s demise to Auckland’s Excessive Courtroom[/caption]
‘EROTICISED HER DEATH’
In actual fact, mentioned Mr Dickey, the person had been trying to find a spot and a method of disposing of Grace’s physique after which taken seven intimate images of her earlier than watching hardcore porn.
These had been all information he had prevented telling police when he admitted Grace had died in his room after a Tinder date final December.
“There’s actually no method out of the images for the defendant,” mentioned Mr Dickey. In the event that they had been taken whereas she was alive, he mentioned, it was proof he was already planning her demise and disposal.
If she was lifeless, he mentioned, it proved the person had “eroticised her demise.”
“You mustn’t overlook she is only a dwelling, respiration, pleased younger lady,” he advised the jury of seven ladies and 5 males. “She had a pleasant night out. She had met somebody she was all in favour of. She was strolling round city, had some kissing.
“We aren’t speaking a couple of physique we’re speaking about an actual individual.”
Mr Dickey mentioned the person’s declare to police that he was distressed by what had occurred to “an individual he had an actual reference to”, could possibly be dismissed by the best way he handled her with “a whole and utter absence of dignity.”
Reasonably than calling emergency providers he had purchased cleansing provides and organized one other Tinder date for that afternoon.
And he mentioned the person had nonetheless by no means admitted to inflicting her demise, solely “slightly sensitive sensitive on the throat.”
Mr Dickey mentioned the defendant had been “nonchalant” and “as cool as a cucumber” as he went to purchase a second suitcase to interchange the one during which he buried Grace’s physique within the woods.
“That’s the extent of planning, nearly as if he’s enjoying a recreation with the police, that tells you one thing about his mindset. He’s fairly good at this.”
Mr Dickey mentioned Grace’s sexual historical past, throughout which she practised consensual choking with a former accomplice, was irrelevant.
Her demise, he mentioned, “shouldn’t be intercourse gone flawed.
“It could’t be consent due to what was occurring. She should have gone limp and he should have carried on and that should be homicide.”
Addressing the jury, defence counsel Ian Brookie mentioned Ms Millane’s alleged assassin was “only a younger man who is ready to do what his sexual companions need him to do within the bed room”.
The defendant had advised police Grace, 21, had advised him she discovered BDSM methods with a former accomplice and he couldn’t have recognized that some other method.
“It was a part of the sexual act they had been doing and it was enjoyable,” mentioned Mr Brookie. “He was not skilled sufficient to really understand how to do that correctly and what the risks really had been.”
“They had been within the warmth of the second collectively, their judgment and perceptions had been impaired by alcohol. They had been centered on having intercourse
“What they had been doing, placing stress in every others’ necks, is now simply part of having intercourse for some individuals.
“They weren’t considering of it as a harmful act,” mentioned Mr Brookie.
“She was encouraging him to do that and to use extra pressure as a result of this what she preferred.”
Mr Brookie claimed that though he had “acted selfishly” and what he did was “unacceptable” it solely meant he was unable to manage in a disaster.
“The stakes had been excessive,” he mentioned. “This isn’t knocking over a milk jug, that is somebody lifeless on his ground. It seems horrible.”
“This isn’t homicide,” mentioned Mr Brookie, “it’s a tragic, unintended, unexpected accident.”
Decide Simon Moore will sum up the case on Friday morning earlier than the jury think about their verdict.
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