GRACE Millane’s killer made chilling Google searches shortly after he strangled her in a bid to cover his crimes.
Jesse Kempson, 29, was found guilty of murder after strangling British backpacker Grace to death after they met on a Tinder date in Auckland.
The 21-year-old's body was later discovered buried in a suitcase in a forest outside the city.
Depraved Kempson is serving a life sentence for the murder of Grace, who had just arrived in New Zealand on a backpacking trip of a lifetime after graduating.
She met her killer on Tinder and the pair went on a date before she was murdered in the early hours of December 2, 2018 – her 22nd birthday.
With Kempson the prime suspect, detectives who knew he was lying about what happened the night he killed Grace, scoured his phone for clues.
We reveal the Google searches that showed he was trying to cover his tracks…
The murderer accessed the internet at 1.29am on December 2 with a search for ‘Waitakere Ranges’.
The hills are around 20 miles outside Auckland and Kempson clearly had in mind taking her body there to be buried.
The area has acquired a dark reputation as the dumping ground for the bodies of murder victims.
It emerged that Kempson took her body there in a red Toyota hatchback he rented the day she died.
Grace’s body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in a shallow grave, around 30ft from the side of the road.
Heartbreakingly, her dad David Millane went to the site and took part in a Maori blessing.
After Kemspon searched for a possible place to hide Grace’s body, he turned to how he could destroy her corpse
Just six minutes later he Googled the ‘hottest fire’ as he sought out how he could get rid of her body.
Kempson eventually admitted killing Grace but sickeningly said it was the result of rough sex, a claim police knew to be untrue.
“What we know is that Kempson strangled Grace for seven to ten minutes,” said Det Insp Beard.
“That’s not rough sex. That’s murder.”
'LARGE BAGS NEAR ME'
The net began to close on Kempson when CCTV showed him calmly buying a suitcase to dispose of her body.
He was also seen buying cleaning products, which he admitted were used to clean Grace’s blood from his flat after he killed her.
Footage shows him using a porter's trolley to wheel two cases into a lift at the hotel where he had a flat.
He was first seen wheeling the trolley into the elevator at CityLife in Auckland and going up to his £190 a week room.
Shortly afterwards, he returned with it laden with two suitcases, one of which he later admitted contained university graduate Grace’s naked body folded into a foetal position.
Other footage showed him carrying a bag with Grace’s property stuffed into a plastic bag and then dumping it in a rubbish bin.
During the trial David Millane maintained a level of dignity throughout the trial but that was tested when he heard Kempson had searched ‘rigor mortis’.
He looked directly at Kempson as one of the detectives investigating the case confirmed that his daughter’s murderer had looked at pornography.
But he cast his eyes down when he heard that Kempson had searched online for "rigor mortis" – a biochemical change in the muscles that occurs several hours after death.
'FLESH EATING BIRDS'
Kempson clearly had in mind that he could somehow get away with the murder of Grace.
He sickeningly searched ‘flesh eating birds’ and ‘are there vultures in New Zealand’ as he pondered whether local wildlife could be his way out of trouble.
But cops were able to see through Kempson’s lies, including that he and Grace had parted company after their date.
Police eventuallt took him to where she was buried, but Kempson continued to insist he hadn’t meant to kill her.
By then it was the end of the line for Kempson, who was once again asked if he meant to kill Grace, which he denied.
He was charged with the murder of Grace and a jury unanimously found him guilty of murderr on November 22, 2019, following a two-week trial.
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