This is the chilling moment British backpacker Grace Millane’s killer smuggled a suitcase containing her naked body out of his apartment.
Jesse Shane Kempson was captured on CCTV wheeling the suitcase out of the Auckland hotel he resided to a hire car after strangling Grace to death.
The suitcase containing Grace, a 21-year-old graduate from Essex, was later found buried in mud and leaves in a forested area outside the New Zealand city.
The footage shows Kempson, 28, taking an empty luggage trolley in the lift to his third-floor room at Auckland’s CityLife hotel.
Minutes later he wheeled it back to the elevator laden with two suitcases, one of which he later confirmed to detectives contained Grace’s lifeless body, squeezed in by forcing her into a foetal position.
Jesse Shane Kempson was captured on CCTV wheeling a suitcase containing the naked body of Grace Millane out of his Auckland apartment
The suitcase was placed on a luggage trolley which Kempson used to transport the suitcase from his third-floor room
Kempson took the suitcase to a hire car, before it was dumped in a forested area outside Auckland, New Zealand
After adjusting the cases to ensure Grace did not topple off, he then calmly wheeled her out of the building to the hire car.
The suitcase containing Grace, who had met Kempson on Tinder, was dumped in a muddy hole in the ground.
Kempson could finally be named this week after suppression orders were lifted.
He was allowed to keep his name secret throughout the court proceedings over the 2018 killing of Grace as his defence counsel argued naming him would prevent him getting a fair trial.
Even after his conviction in November 2019, his sentencing in February 2020, and his appeal being denied on Friday, journalists and the public could be arrested for identifying him.
But his efforts to keep his identity concealed ended on Tuesday when his appeal to the Supreme Court failed.
CCTV footage showed Kempson’s muscular arms draped around Grace’s neck as they strode towards the front door of the hotel and entered a lift
British backpacker Grace Millane was strangled to death after meeting her killer via Tinder on December 1, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday
The suitcase containing Grace Millane was found dumped in this muddy hole in the ground
Grace’s killer was seen in a lift in the building where he lived and where Miss Millane went to his apartment on the night she died
It can also now be revealed Kempson was also convicted of raping another woman in a motel room just months before he met Grace.
He was also convicted of sexually violating and seriously assaulting a former girlfriend in October.
This is the first time he has been publicly named in New Zealand, though British and Australian publications named him throughout the case.
Kempson has now been sentenced to a total of 11 years jail for the two recent trials, to be served concurrently with the 17 year minimum sentence for Grace’s murder, but plans to appeal against both new convictions.
Details of the two new cases and their links to Grace’s death can only be reported now after Kempson failed in a bid to overturn his murder conviction and sentence at New Zealand’s Court of Appeal.
Kempson was sentenced to life behind bars with a non-parole period of 17 years for murdering Grace in his Auckland apartment in December 2018.
Kempson was convicted of murdering Ms Millane (pictured, left and right) by strangling her in a hotel in Auckland after meeting her via Tinder on December 1, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday
Kempson was sentenced to life behind bars with a non-parole period of 17 years for murdering Grace in his Auckland apartment in December 2018
Pictures of the bedroom where Kempson throttled Grace during what he claimed was a sex game that went wrong
Jesse Shane Kempson appears in the dock on February 21, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand
The graduate of England’s University of Lincoln was strangled to death by Kempson, who she had met on Tinder, on the night before her 22nd birthday.
Kempson took photos of her body after her death.
He claimed Grace, who was from Wickford in Essex, died accidentally after the pair engaged in rough sex that went too far.
A jury in November 2019 rejected that argument and found the man guilty.
Kempson attempted to appeal his sentence but that bid was rejected by the Court of Appeal in a decision released on Friday.
The judges upheld that saying: ‘Ms Millane was particularly vulnerable, being intoxicated, in a strange apartment, naked, in the arms of a comparative stranger with whom she thought she could trust, and with his hands around her throat’.
Grace’s final hours on the Tinder date that led to her death:
December 1, 2018
5.45pm: Grace Millane was shown arriving in front of the casino’s 20 foot tall Christmas tree, where she stood waiting for her date. She sends a picture of the tree to her parents in Essex. He arrives and they hug.
6pm: The two of them walk into the casino and find Andy’s Burger Bar. He and Grace were seen ordering drinks and finding a table.
7.12pm: The couple left the burger bar and cross the road into the Mexican cafe where they spend the next hour until the defendant came to pay the bill with her standing beside him.
8.27pm: The pair were filmed in the distance crossing Albert Street and moving ever closer to the killer’s home. They headed into the Bluestone Room where the accused had earlier been drinking beer alone. They kiss.
9.41pm: CCTV shows the couple entering the hotel where the killer was living. They enter the lift and head to the killer’s apartment. In the hours that followed she was brutally murdered, possibly in the early hours of December 2, her birthday.