Man denies murdering British backpacker
January 16, 2019 3:46 pm
Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand [Source: LUCIE BLACKMAN TRUST]
A 26-year-old man has denied murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand.
Miss Millane, 22, from Wickford, Essex, was last seen at a hostel in Auckland on 1 December. Her body was found a week later on the outskirts of the city.
The defendant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in the High Court in Auckland.
He entered a not guilty plea, and a trial date was set for 4 November.
Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand for two weeks, following a six-week group trip through South America.
Her family became concerned when the University of Lincoln graduate failed to respond to birthday messages on 2 December.
Miss Millane’s father flew to New Zealand and was there when police discovered the body of his daughter on 8 December.