Chilling vision of killer with body in bag

CCTV captured the chilling moment Grace Millane's killer smuggled the British backpacker's body out of a New Zealand hotel in a suitcase after strangling her to death.

Jesse Kempson - who can finally be named after an order banning his identification was lifted - murdered the woman on a Tinder date.

Footage shows the burly 28-year-old using a porter's trolley to wheel two cases into a lift at the Auckland hotel, which doubled as his home.

He was first seen wheeling the trolley into the elevator at CityLife and going up to his $337 a week room.
Shortly afterwards, he returned with it laden with two suitcases, one of which he later admitted contained university graduate Grace's naked body folded into a foetal position.

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Jesse Kempson seen in a motel lift after he had strangled Grace Millane.
Jesse Kempson seen in a motel lift after he had strangled Grace Millane.

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He is then seen emerging from the elevator and pushing the trolley across the floor of the lobby.

The suitcase containing Grace's body was later buried in a shallow grave in woodland on the outskirts of the city.

Grace's parents were seen wiping away tears in the public gallery when the clip was shown in court during his earlier murder trial.

They also saw how cameras captured Kempson buying a suitcase and a shovel and transporting their daughter's body in a red Toyota hatchback he rented the day she was killed.

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Grace was brutally killed just a day before her 22nd birthday.
Grace was brutally killed just a day before her 22nd birthday.

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CCTV also captured the moment Kempson took Grace up to his room after a night out in the city.

It has now been revealed he raped another British tourist eight months before killing Grace.

Just as he did with her, he lured the victim, then 21, into a boozy Tinder date before taking her back to his motel room apartment.

He was jailed for life with a non-parole period of 17 years for murdering Grace, from Essex, in Auckland in December, 2018.

Months earlier, Kempson had attacked the other Brit after a night out in Auckland.

Furious at her refusal to have sex after he had bought her drinks and dinner, Kempson raped her while she lay on the bed.

She kept the attack secret until she recognised him from media coverage the day he was charged with Grace's murder and went straight to police.

CCTV also captured the moment Kempson took Grace up to his room.
CCTV also captured the moment Kempson took Grace up to his room.

Kempson also faced another trial for sexually assaulting his girlfriend the previous year in a sickening ordeal lasting months.

The shocking details could not be revealed until now as he was on trial for those crimes, with his identity kept secret over fears that linking him with Grace's murder could prejudice jurors.

But both trials - which took place in October and November this year - have concluded with guilty verdicts.

As a result, Kempson has been sentenced to an additional 11 years to run concurrently with the 17-year minimum he received for Grace's murder.

In a statement, Grace's family said: "As a family we do not think about him or speak his name."

Grace went missing on December 1, 2018 and failed to contact her family on her 22nd birthday the following day while in Auckland, as part of a planned year-long trip abroad.

She was last seen alive entering a hotel with Kempson on the evening of December 1.

On December 9, her body was found in a wooded area about 30ft from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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Originally published as Chilling vision of killer with body in bag

The suitcase containing Grace's body was later buried in a shallow grave.
The suitcase containing Grace's body was later buried in a shallow grave.
Kempson seen carrying a suitcase through the motel where he lived.
Kempson seen carrying a suitcase through the motel where he lived.
The pair met on a Tinder date and had visited bars in Auckland.
The pair met on a Tinder date and had visited bars in Auckland.
Grace was strangled while travelling around New Zealand.
Grace was strangled while travelling around New Zealand.

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