Grace Millane murder trial: Timeline of British backpackers' final hours

The final days of British backpacker Grace Millane's life were revealed moment by moment during the trial of the man accused of murdering her. 

After venturing around South America - the first pitstop on her highly anticipated overseas experience - the 21-year-old woman from Essex, England travelled to New Zealand in November.

Grace Millane
Grace Millane Photo credit: Facebook

Millane journeyed around the country before returning to Auckland later in the month. She would match with the accused on November 30 and go out on a date with him a day later in Auckland.

It would be the final time she was seen in the public before her death.

The man who was accused of her murder still has name suppression. 

November 20: Grace Millane arrives in New Zealand fresh from Peru.

November 21-29: The young backpacker explores Aotearoa, travelling up north to the Bay of Islands and around Auckland.

November 30: Millane and the accused match on Tinder, and exchange several messages.

December 1:

5:11pm - The man accused of later murdering Millane enters the Bluestone Room bar, where he purchases several beers.

5:37 pm - Millane exits Base Backpackers on her way to see the man 

5:40pm - The man leaves the Bluestone Room bar.

5:43pm - Millane walks along Federal St in Auckland Central on her way to meet the man.

5:45pm - The young woman walks below the SkyTower, an area decorated with Christmas decorations. Several people are standing around looking at the festivities. Millane is using her phone. 

Grace Millane and the accused.
Grace Millane and the accused. Photo credit: Supplied

The accused turns up and initially appears to turn away before walking up to Millane. The pair hug and enter the SkyCity complex, where they go to have drinks at Andy's Burger Bar. Multiple alcoholic beverages were purchased at the establishment, but it's difficult to know who drunk exactly what.

7:12pm - The pair leave the burger bar, move through the SkyCity complex and back out onto the Auckland streets. A camera at Goodtimes Cafe shows the pair crossing Victoria St West on their way to Mexican Cafe - their next stop.

7:16pm - Millane and the accused reach Mexican Cafe. They climb the stairs into the restaurant and speak briefly to the waitresses. The CCTV camera doesn't capture their time drinking at the establishment as they were on a balcony.

Grace Millane murder trial: Timeline of British backpackers' final hours
Photo credit: Supplied

8:24pm - The pair approach the cash register at the restaurant, where the accused pays. They then leave and walk along Albert St.

8:30pm - Millane and the accused reach their final stop - the Bluestone Room. Millane is asked for her ID by a bouncer before the pair enter the bar and purchase drinks.

Grace and the accused.
Grace and the accused. Photo credit: Supplied

8:37pm - They choose a table located in the outside entrance to the bar and sit down with their drinks. After a short amount of time, the pair kiss - something that would occur on several occasions throughout the evening. 

Between 8:30pm and 9:40pm, multiple drinks are purchased, including shots. Both Millane and the accused leave each other at the table at different points while they go inside. The accused at one stage picks up Millane's handbag and holds it for a moment. He looks inside before placing it back on the stool.

9:40pm - The pair leave the Bluestone Room and walk to the CityLife hotel, During this, the accused has his arm around Millane. 

The pair enter the hotel
The pair enter the hotel Photo credit: Supplied

9:41pm - They enter the CityLife hotel, walk past reception and get into a lift. 

Grace enters the lift.
Grace enters the lift. Photo credit: Supplied

 

Grace Millane would never again be seen alive in public. While pathologists are unable to pinpoint the young woman's time of death, it's accepted she died in the CityLife hotel room between the night of December 1 and the early morning of December 2.

On December 9, after a week-long manhunt, her body was found in a suitcase buried in the Waitakere Ranges. The 27-year-old man was also charged with her murder. Over the coming months, the accused would plead not guilty to murdering the young backpacker and receive name suppression.

On November 4, 2019, his trial began and on Friday the jury found him guilty of the murder of Grace Millane. 



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