The British backpacker allegedly killed during sex with a Tinder date was pinned down and strangled for up to 5 minutes, according to testimony in New Zealand court.
Grace Millane, 22, was left with such extreme bruises and injuries that she likely had been strangled for at least 4 to 5 minutes, forensic pathologist Dr. Simon Stables told the Auckland High Court.
“From my point of view, it is incredibly rare, I have never heard of another case … in New Zealand” with the extent of these injuries, Stables said, according to the Guardian.
Millane went on a Tinder date Dec. 1, 2018, with the 27-year-old New Zealand man standing trial for her murder. The suspect, who cannot be identified for legal reasons in New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty.
Millane’s naked body was found a week later in a suitcase. She had more than a dozen bruises on her body, nine of which occurred “probably around the time of death.” They were on her upper arms, left clavicle and collarbone and to the front and back of her left shoulder, the pathologist testified.
“The pattern is consistent with some level of restraint that has gone on,” Stables said, according to the report.
There was “extensive evidence” of bruising on the left side of Millane’s neck, a “significant injury,” Stables said.
“This bruising wouldn’t occur with gentle pressure on the neck … it takes quite a bit of effort,” he said.
The trial is expected to extend until early next month.
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