Grace Millane murderer faces sentencing in Auckland

The man convicted of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane will be sentenced on Friday.

The 28-year-old, who has name suppression, will appear in the Auckland High Court almost three months after his trial concluded.

On November 22 2019 he was found guilty of murdering the 22-year-old tourist in a hotel room.

The pair met on a dating app in early December 2018. After a night drinking in various Auckland bars, Millane went back to her killer's hotel room.

CCTV captured the pair entering the CityLife Hotel with their arms around each other. It was the last time Millane would be seen alive.

Police found her body in a suitcase in the Waitakere Ranges around a week later.

His trial lasted for three weeks. The main point of dispute before the jury throughout the trial was what happened inside the CityLife hotel between 9:41pm on the night of December 1 and the early morning of December 2 - Millane's 22nd birthday. 

The Crown alleged the accused murdered the young woman.

It was the defence's argument that her death was an accident during a form of rough, consensual sex gone wrong and that the accused had no motive to murder the young backpacker.