Jesse Shane Kempson was born on December 28, 1991 in Lower Hutt and grew up in Wellington.
Stuff He understands that his parents separated when he was young and for a time he was raised by his grandparents.
He attended high school in the capital and played representative softball.
“I accept that you had a volatile upbringing and that may well have influenced the person you are today,” he said.
However, the judge did not go into details and Stuff Attempts to obtain the full report have been rejected by the court.
Kempson moved to Australia with her mother as a teenager, but in 2011 she was back in New Zealand and living in a boarding house in Wellington.
And then his web of lies began to weave.
A former Kempson owner said StuffKempson claimed to be a professional softball player newly enrolled in New Zealand’s national softball team, the Black Sox.
“He would say ‘oh yeah, my contract money will come, my payments will come then,'” the owner said, but they never materialized.
After about eight weeks of excuses, the owner said he contacted Black Sox management, who said they “hadn’t even heard of the guy.”
Kempson made a runner soon after, leaving the owner more than $ 700 out of pocket.
“He was a very convincing liar. I thought he could read people, but I misjudged him,” said the owner.
Stuff understands that Kempson returned to Australia for six years before returning to New Zealand in 2016.
Sources who knew him at the time said Kempson claimed to have a degree in international law, said he came from a family of millionaires, had contacts within Immigration New Zealand and many other lies.
He also told people that his family owned a chain of restaurants in Sydney and that they were thinking of buying a first-rate restaurant on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbor, they said.
Kempson lived in shared flats in Greenlane and Mt Eden with young professionals, who also spoke of his disturbing and untrustworthy behavior before moving into the City Life apartment where he killed Grace.
A woman he lived with claimed he stole money from her home, while the owner of City Life also took thousands of dollars after Kempson failed to pay his rent.
Kempson was ordered to pay nearly $ 5,500 for rent arrears and furniture replacement after the killer’s tenure ended when he was arrested for Grace’s murder.
“The story he told me is that he was paid monthly … I never received anything,” the owner of the downtown apartment previously said. Stuff.
The owner said Kempson seemed plausible and clean when they met in 2018.
“He was generally an extremely neat and well-dressed person. He didn’t look suspicious on the surface.”
Kempson was an enigma to many, lying throughout his life and through his interactions with the police during the Grace murder investigation.
He chose not to testify in all three criminal trials, maintaining his innocence at all times.
A constant has been his denial of any guilt. He remains steadfast on that as he goes ahead with appeals from all three convictions.
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