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New Zealand taxpayers have spent more than $ 400,000 in legal fees to help the man who killed Grace Millane defend himself.

The 28-year-old he is sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 17-year probation period for the murder of 21-year-old Grace, who was from Essex, UK.
Grace Millane, 22, was strangled by the man she met on a Tinder date.  The defense claimed that her death was an accident during consensual sex.
Grace Millane, 22, was strangled by the man she met on a Tinder date. The defense claimed that her death was an accident during consensual sex. (Supplied)

The graduate of the University of Lincoln in England, died sometime between December 1-2, 2018 after having a Tinder date with the man in Auckland’s CBD.

On Friday, Judge Stephen Kos, Judge Patricia Courtney and Judge Mark Cooper dismissed the man’s appeal against his conviction and sentence, saying his behavior during the incident and after Grace’s death was “totally selfish evil.”

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Stuff the final amount of free legal aid costs is $ 406,173.95.

Gillian Millane holds up a family photograph during her televised victim impact statement from her home in the UK.  The 28-year-old was convicted of the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, whose body was found in a bush in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland on December 9, 2018. It took the Auckland High Court jurors a few four hours to convict him in November 2019.
Gillian Millane holds up a family photograph during her televised victim impact statement from her home in the UK. The 28-year-old was convicted of the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, whose body was found in a bush in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland on December 9, 2018. It took the Auckland High Court jurors a few four hours to convict him in November 2019. (Getty)

The website of the Ministry of Justice states: “Legal aid is government funding to pay for a lawyer to people who cannot afford one and need it in the interests of justice.

“Individuals receiving legal aid may have to reimburse some or all of their legal aid costs. Interest will be charged 6 months after their case is finalized at a rate of 6 percent per year.

“This interest rate is the same as the government’s capital charge rate, which is set by the Treasury’s public sector discount rate.”

Earlier on Friday, the man successfully made one last attempt to keep his name a secret by appealing to the Supreme Court.

Grace Millane's parents David and Gillian Millane speak to the media outside Auckland High Court.
Grace Millane’s parents David and Gillian Millane speak to the media outside Auckland High Court. (Dave Rowland / Getty Images)

However, just three and a half hours before the Court of Appeal’s decision was released, the man’s lawyer filed a notice of appeal.

At 10.50 a.m. M., The Supreme Court ordered that the man’s name be suppressed pending a new court order.

In the decision released Friday, Judge Kos said Judge Moore was not wrong in withdrawing jury consent other than in connection with the homicide.

“The Court also does not find a credible narrative of consent, or an honest belief in consent, established on the evidence.”

In the Court of Appeals in August, the man’s lawyer, Rachael Reed QC, said there were four reasons why the judicial process had failed.

After Grace’s death, the killer took intimate photos of her body, searched for pornography, and went on a Tinder date with another woman.

One of the last images of Grace Millane taken entering the CityLife Hotel with her killer the night she was killed.
One of the last images of Grace Millane taken entering the CityLife Hotel with her killer the night she was killed. (Supplied)

He then buried her in a shallow grave in Waitākere Ranges, west of Auckland.

In the Court of Appeals ruling, Judge Kos said that Judge Moore was correct in finding that Grace was particularly vulnerable at the time of her death.

Judge Kos also said that his subsequent behavior, including his contempt for her, his failure to call for help, internet searches, taking intimate photos of her, and also having another date showed that the murder was committed with a high degree of insensitivity.

“We conclude that this behavior is indicative of a degree of totally selfish wickedness throughout the incident and its aftermath.”


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