Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard is speaking to media following the sentencing of Grace Millane's murderer.
The 28-year-old man - whose name cannot be published - was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years at the Auckland High Court on Friday.
Beard was at the forefront of the police investigation into the British backpacker's death in December 2018. Throughout the three-week trial of her now-convicted killer, Beard sat with Millane's family in the court's gallery. He maintains regular contact with the family and attended the young woman's funeral at the start of the 2019.
Friday is Beard's first opportunity to properly speak out about the murder following the trial.
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