Grace Millane’s killer took ‘intimate photos’ of body and ‘eroticised’ murder

The sick killer of British backpacker Grace Millane took "intimate" photos of her dead body after murdering her, a court heard.

Today the depraved scumbag, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years without parole.

Ms Millane was killed after going on a Tinder date with him in New Zealand in December 2018.

He then strangled her to death after going back to his apartment.

After that, he then took pictures of her naked corpse before going on another date as she lay dead in his Auckland flat.

Prosecutor Brian Dickey said his behaviour was fuelled by a "morbid sexual interest", and it was previously heard he had an interest in dead women's genitalia and took "trophy photographs".

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Prosecutors also said her had "eroticised" her death and that it showed his "depravity".

His argument that her death came during a "rough sex gone wrong" was rejected by the jury.

In dramatic scenes Ms Millane's mum, Gillian Millane, addressed the killer in court via video link.

According to the BBC, she told him: "I want you to know I do not think of you, because if I did, that means I care about you and I simply don't.

"The tears I shed are never-ending at the thought of never having the chance to kiss my Grace goodbye."

She also said in a newspaper report: "Grace was never just a daughter, she was my friend, my very best friend.

"I will miss my darling Grace until my last breath."

The killer had also used his mobile phone to search for "flesh-eating birds" and "are there vultures in New Zealand?".

He later admitted to police that the Brit was dead and led officers to the spot where he buried her, claiming he disposed of her body in a panic when she died.

The mum said she needs weekly guidance counselling to deal with her daughter's death and sprayed her Grace's perfume to be reminded of her.

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