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the New Zealand The man who cruelly murdered a British backpacker can finally be named, as it was revealed that he had previously raped another British tourist and had a history of violence towards women.
Jesse Shane Kempson was sentenced to 17 years in prison for murdering Grace Millane.
Jesse Shane Kempson was sentenced to 17 years in prison for murdering Grace Millane. (Things / Lawrence Smith)
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)

Now it can be reported that Kempson raped another British tourist he had met on Tinder, the same dating app he used to connect with Millane.

Kempson had a history of violence and faced eight counts of physical and sexual violence against his girlfriend.

He raped his other victim after she refused to have sex with him, eight months before he killed 22-year-old Millane.

Kempson was allowed to keep his name secret during all three court proceedings, as his defense attorney argued that naming him would prevent him from getting a fair trial.

Jesse Shane Kempson at his trial in November for the rape of another young British tourist in his hotel room.
Jesse Shane Kempson at his trial in November for the rape of another young British tourist in his hotel room. (Things / Lawrence Smith)

On December 18, Kempson made one last attempt to keep his name a secret by appealing to the Supreme Court, but that last-minute offer was rejected on Tuesday and the name removal expired on all matters Tuesday.

While Kempson’s identity has previously been revealed by foreign media outlets and Google in an email to subscribers, this is the first time he has been named publicly in Australia and New Zealand.

Kempson was convicted in 2019 of murdering Grace, 21, in Auckland in December 2018. He was imprisoned for life, with a minimum probation period of 17 years.

Grace milane and her parents
Grace Milane’s father died this year, before the public identified her daughter’s killer. (Supplied)
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 tried to appeal his murder conviction and sentence, but that offer was rejected by the Court of Appeal in a decision published Friday.

He has also appealed his rape convictions to the Court of Appeal and requested permission to appeal his murder conviction and sentence to the Supreme Court.

In the Court of Appeals ruling issued Friday, Judge Stephen Kos said 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 cruelty.

In November, Kempson was convicted of raping a young British woman in April 2018, just months before he killed Grace.

During the trial, the woman told the court that she had recently arrived in New Zealand and that she met Kempson on Tinder.

They drank in a bar and kissed before Kempson took her to the motel where he lived, in circumstances very similar to the night he spent with Grace.

He tried to touch her and when she told him to stop, he got angry. She said, “No one has ever yelled at me like that before.”

Crown prosecutor Claire Paterson said Kempson was in a position of power and used emotional blackmail to get the woman to stay at the motel, before raping her.

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. (Getty)

The victim said she discovered that Kempson was the man accused of killing Grace after his co-workers discovered that he was named by foreign media.

She instantly recognized the photos that matched her Tinder account and notified the police.

Judge Geoffrey Venning found the victim’s evidence credible and convicted Kempson of his rape.

Readers seeking support can contact the National Domestic Violence Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). If you are in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).

Readers seeking support and information on suicide prevention can contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue at 1300 224636.

Parts of this article originally appeared in Stuff and has been reproduced with permission.


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