A 26 years old man has appeared in the court in New Zealand blamed with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. 22 years old Miss Millane vanished in Auckland on 1st December – while police finished their search on Sunday after finding a body in the borders of the city. The man, whose name can not be disclosed, is due to back in the court. Court documents presented he had been living at the Citylife Hotel on Queen Street in Central Auckland, which is where Miss Millane was last seen.
The judge admitted Miss Milanese family’s grief “must be desperate“.Documents also revealed police to believe the University of Lincoln graduate from Essex was murdered between 1st December and 2nd December.
At a news conference, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said there was an “overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country”. She said, “On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologise to Grace’s family”. She added, “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that”.
The body – which has not yet been formally recognized but the police trust to be Miss Millane’s – was found “ about 10 meters” off Scenic Drive, a countryside road outside the city, according to Det Insp Scott Beard.
Miss Millane’s brother Declan Millane, shared a collection of images of his sister online, alongside the lyrics to the chaos of the song You Are My Sunshine.
The Lincoln University, from which Miss Millane completed her graduation earlier in this year, conveyed acknowledgement and said its community was “deeply saddened ”.