There’s a trial underway in Auckland involving the murder of an Englishwoman at the hands of an Australian man whose name is suppressed by a New Zealand judge who may not realise the internet is global:
British backpacker Grace Millane died after being strangled by a man she met on a Tinder date, who later buried her body in a shallow grave, the Crown says.
Grace and the accused met on Tinder and went to a number of central city bars and eateries that night.
The pair were “plainly comfortable” in each other’s company and Grace had messaged her friend saying so, McCoubrey said.
CCTV footage captured from the Bluestone Room bar showed the pair kissing.
“She was plainly enjoying the date, at that stage … there’s clear evidence that both parties probably anticipated sexual activity,” McCoubrey said.
So she was travelling alone in a foreign country, met a total stranger online, went to his apartment to have sex, and wound up dead. Did she find hugging crocodiles in the Northern Territory a little too sensible, or what?
This blog’s resident Kiwi David Moore points us towards this related article:
A witness who wept after being told she would have to return to the High Court in Auckland will continue giving evidence on Tuesday in the trial of the man accused of murdering Grace Millane.
The witness told the court on Monday how the 27 year-old accused of murdering Grace sat on her face as she performed a sex act on him, inside his apartment in November 2018.
The Crown says Grace was murdered about a month later in the same room.
On Monday the witness, who has name suppression, said she had drinks with the accused at his apartment in CityLife Hotel, after the pair connected on the dating app Tinder.
Hey, let’s go to some random bloke’s hotel room, what could possibly go wrong?
Giving evidence by CCTV, she told Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey the accused said he loved her and wanted to be with her.
“He grabbed my arm and I said: ‘We’re not having sex’.”
Then why go to his apartment?
The pair moved to the bed and she performed a sex act on him before he sat on top of her.
Because the natural response of someone who declares “we’re not having sex” is to perform a sex act on the chap she’s just yelled at.
The witness said she exchanged messages with the accused in the days following the incident but decided not to mention the suffocating episode because she didn’t want to aggravate him.
Unless she’s exchanging messages with him while they’re sat in the same room, this is a level of imbecility impressive even for the antipodes.
Under cross-examination from the accused’s lawyer, Ron Mansfield, she was asked why she exchanged over 700 messages with the accused, in the month following the sex act.
She told Mansfield she was leading the accused on and was scared that if she cut him off, he was going to turn up in her life.
I’m beginning to think those mullahs may have a point about letting women out on their own. Perhaps this is why Jacinda Ardern was encouraging Kiwi women to adopt the burkha a while back?