A man in New Zealand was caught on video carrying a suitcase with a woman’s body inside it after he strangled her to death.
Jesse Shane Kempson, 28, has been convicted of killing Grace Millane, who was a British backpacker, on the eve of her 22nd birthday in 2018. The two met on Tinder while she was visiting New Zealand.
In surveillance footage that recently emerged, according to the New York Post, Kempson can be seen wheeling a luggage trolley into an elevator at a hotel, which reportedly doubled as his home. Kempson and Millane visited a few bars before going back to the hotel, according to CNN.
In the footage, Kempson is later seen using the same trolley to carry two suitcases into the elevator. He reportedly later admitted that one of the suitcases contained Millane’s naked body, which was folded into a fetal position. He emerges from the elevator, wheeling the trolley across the lobby.
Then, Kempson put the suitcase into a vehicle he rented the day he killed her, drove it to the outskirts of the city, and buried it in a shallow grave, according to the Sun. Cameras also reportedly captured Kempson purchasing a suitcase and a shovel.
In February of 2020, Kempson was sentenced to life in prison for killing Millane. He was found guilty of violent sex crimes against two other women in October and November of 2020, according to the Sun. An order that banned Kempson’s identification from being revealed was reportedly lifted on Dec. 22. The order was put in place to prevent jurors in the other trials from linking Kempson to Millane’s murder and exhibiting prejudice.
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