Young backpacker tourist should have had preference for BDSM sex

Surprising turnaround in the death trial Grace Millane: The young backpacker, strangled by her Tinder date on the evening of her 22nd birthday , appears to have been a regular on BDSM dating sites – just hours before her death. This has the defense of the offender in court announced, as British media report. According to this, Grace is said to have practiced BDSM sex regularly before – and had a preference for breath games and choking.

Strangled by Tinder Date during sex: Was it an accident or was it murder?

Grace just had her university degree in her pocket, wanted to celebrate this with a world tour. During her stopover in Auckland, New Zealand, the young Briton made an appointment over Tinder for a romantic evening – and got to her killer. The 27-year-old New Zealander has now admitted to strangling Grace’s sex. He speaks of an oversight. Grace asked him to put his hands around her neck, to choke her. He did not notice how the situation got out of hand.

The man’s defense has now presented evidence to relieve him. Including the written declaration of an ex-friend of Grace: During their relationship, they had tried BDSM sex practices together, reports the former partner. Grace was particularly interested in breath control.

Of course, always under secure conditions: So they would have agreed a special code word for emergencies. And in addition had the agreement: If Grace wanted to stop, she should knock. Then the sex would end immediately.

Grace was active on BDSM and fetish portals

Grace († 21) is said to have had a taste for risky BDSM practices, as the court has now learned.
Grace († 21) is said to have had a taste for risky BDSM practices, as the court has now learned.

According to Defense, police information also indicates that Grace has been active on BDSM and fetish dating portals such as “Whiplr”. Most recently, she called her profile just before meeting her killer. Also, a friend of Grace said that they had occasionally talked about their bed preferences: Grace had mentioned that she likes it when her partner holds her by the throat.

There is no question that Grace had a strong, active interest in risky sex practices, claims the defense. “The fact that we need to analyze in detail what Grace preferred in the bedroom should in no way harm her reputation or the memory of her,” the Guardian quoted defense lawyer Ron Mansfield. But it was necessary to ensure a fair verdict.

Medic says: Alcohol could have favored Grace’s death

In addition, the high volume of alcoholic beverages that Grace and her killer shared during the joint date could have been instrumental in her death. This has been testified by a pathologist appointed by the defense. Surveillance cameras show Grace together with her Tinder Date, a few hours before her death – and prove: The two drank a lot of cocktails and shots. Total several liters.

The alcohol could have delayed or suppressed a rescue mechanism of the body – to fight for air to breathe – so the appraiser. However, the perpetrator would still have had to strangle the unconscious Grace for several minutes in order to bring about her death. It is possible, however, that the offender himself was too drunk to notice that something was wrong.

The prosecution continues to plead murder: 27-year-old became involved in contradictions

At this point, buried in the bush around Auckland, New Zealand, investigators found Grace Millane's naked body in a suitcase.
At this point, buried in the bush around Auckland, New Zealand, investigators found Grace Millane’s naked body in a suitcase.

After the crime, the 27-year-old stowed the body in a suitcase, which he buried in the bush around Auckland. That the defendant had tried to cover up the deed so perfidiously, although reprehensible, so the defense. But that is why he is far from being an insidious murderer.

He was desperate and panicked that he would not believe it was an accident. He had no reason to want to kill Grace suddenly. Both of them had flirted with each other for hours and obviously enjoyed the mutual attention.

The prosecution, however, continues to speak of murder. She considers the representation of the defendant implausible. Why did he watch hardcore porn while Grace’s body was next to him? Why did he arrange the next Tinder date right before he disposed of the body? Why did he repeatedly become involved in contradictions when questioned by the police?

The process will continue until at least mid-December.

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