Grace Millane detective Scott Beard responds to sentencing verdict

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Newstalk ZB,
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Fri, 21 Feb 2020, 5:00PM

Grace Millane detective Scott Beard responds to sentencing verdict

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 21 Feb 2020, 5:00PM

The lead investigator in the Grace Millane murder case is questioning the use of "rough sex" as a defence.

Millane's killer has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 17 years at Auckland's High Court today.

It's almost three months to the day since the 28-year-old was found guilty of strangling the British backpacker to death in his apartment, on the eve of her 22nd birthday.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard told Heather du Plessis-Allan by no means is he criticising the defence, but in his opinion it's a cop out and re-victimises the victim.

“In this particular case, he strangled her for five to ten minutes.

“That’s not rough sex, its murder. And that is what the jury determined.”

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