Grace Millane murderer named as Jesse Kempson

Grace Millane died in New Zealand after being strangled by a 28-year-old man she met on Tinder Pictu

Grace Millane died in New Zealand after being strangled by a 28-year-old man she met on Tinder Picture: PA - Credit: PA

The man who murdered Essex backpacker Grace Millane after meeting her on a dating app has been named as Jesse Shane Kempson.

Kempson, who New Zealand's Supreme Court ruled can now be named, was convicted of murdering Ms Millane by strangling her in a hotel in Auckland after meeting her via Tinder on December 1, 2018 - the day before her 22nd birthday.

It has also been revealed that the 28-year-old has since been convicted of further violent offences in two recent trials, including raping another woman he met on Tinder.

Kempson had been allowed to keep his name secret through the court proceedings as his defence counsel argued naming him would prevent him getting a fair trial.

The Supreme Court has now allowed his name to be made public stating "the orders suppressing the name of the applicant in relation to his conviction for the murder of Ms Millane and his October and November convictions now lapse."

It has been reported by the Guardian that the rape offence occurred eight months before Kempson murdered Ms Millane, and the victim was also a British tourist who he met on the dating app.

The paper says he raped the tourist when she refused sex after a date.

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The woman reportedly went to the police when she recognised Kempson from media coverage on the day he was charged with the murder of Ms Millane.

Kempson was also convicted of threatening to kill, two charges of assault with a weapon, three assaults and two counts of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection at a trial in October, court documents state.

On Friday the force issued a statement from the Millane family, who said they were "pleased at the outcome that has been reached" in the loss of the appeal.

The family thanked the police, judges, prosecutors and the people of New Zealand and said "Grace, you are, and will always be, our sunshine."

They added: "Grace was a kind, fun-loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunty, cousin and friend with her whole life ahead of her.

"She was enjoying the first of what would have been a lifetime of adventures before her life was so cruelly and brutally cut short by her murderer.

"Her sense of fun, her sense of adventure, her love of travel and exploring, along with her ability to light up any room she walked into it with her generosity of spirit, are memories we as a family cherish and how we will forever remember her."

 






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