The man who strangled British backpacker Grace Millane in what his defense attorney said was a case of “rough sex” taken too far was found guilty of her murder on Friday, a report said.
The killer, who was not identified, was unanimously convicted by a jury of five men and seven women after the three-week trial in Auckland, New Zealand, the Guardian reported.
Prosecutors alleged during the trial that 21-year-old Millane, from Essex, met her killer on Tinder on Dec. 1, 2018 while she was on an around-the-world backpacking trip, according to the report.
The two spent hours drinking cocktails then went back to his hotel room, where he strangled her to death during consensual sex, prosecutors alleged.
He then shoved her body into a suitcase and dumped it into the woods, according to prosecutors. She was found by rangers in a mountain region weeks later, the BBC reported.
The killer argued in his defense that she was killed during rough sex, but a forensic pathologist said it would have taken up to 10 minutes for him to strangle her to death.
“You can’t consent to your own murder,” one of the prosecutors said during the trial, according to the Guardian.
“This isn’t a little bit of sex gone wrong,” he added.
Defense attorneys argued that he disposed of her body because he feared he couldn’t explain how she died during the sex romp.
Prosecutors blew holes in that theory when they revealed he “sexualized” the killing by searching for pornography and taking photos of her dead body, the BBC reported.
Millane’s parents sobbed in the courtroom as her killer was convicted. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in February.
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