The jury in the Grace Millane murder trial was shown the second police interview with her accused killer today, in which he claimed that “rough sex” had been her idea and that he had attempted suicide after realising she was dead.
In his first police interview the 27-year-old New Zealand man claimed he and Ms Millane had parted company around 8pm on the night she disappeared.
In his second interview, watched by the court today, he admitted that Ms Millane died in his apartment and that he disposed of her body.
The man, whose name is subject to a suppression order, has entered a plea of not guilty, claiming Ms Millane’s death was accidental during consensual rough sex.
He claimed Ms Millane started talking about the film 50 Shades of Grey shortly after they entered his apartment.
“She said there was a few things she liked doing and she’d done with her ex-partner,” he said, then claiming Ms Millane asked him if they could "get into bondage".
Earlier in the trial, the court heard a statement sent by Ameena Ashcroft, a friend of Ms Millane’s, in which she said: “Police have asked me if Grace ever spoke to me about BDSM or any aspect of it, and she has not.”
In the interview the accused said he had no prior experience of strangulation, or BDSM. However, earlier in the trial one witness said he had attempted to suffocate her, causing her to fear for her life, and another witness said he had consensually choked her during sex.
The accused told police that after sex he went to have a shower and passed out, and claimed that after he woke up he went to bed thinking Ms Millane had left. He said he only discovered her in the morning.
“I yelled out at her, I tried to move her to see if she was awake… I picked her up and tried to wake her up… then I was screaming ‘Grace, Grace’,” he told police.
However, a police investigation found evidence that the accused had searched for Waitakere Ranges – where Ms Millane was later buried – at 1.29am on his phone, before searching the phrase “hottest fire”, and taking photos of her body.
The accused claimed he had taken an overdose of painkillers and antidepressants in an attempt to kill himself.
However, he then organised a new large suitcase and a rental car and buried Ms Millane’s body.
“It felt wrong,” claiming that he cried as he buried her. He went on another Tinder date later that day.
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