British backpacker Grace Millane was murdered by her date, court told

Grace Millane

On the second day of the trial, the court heard how Ms Millane messaged her friend to say "I click with him so well" about the man she was on a date with who allegedly strangled her hours later.

A few minutes later in the footage, the defendant crossed the courtyard towards Ms Millane and they hugged before walking away together.

The suspect is reported to have gone on another date, leaving her lifeless body in a suitcase.

CCTV cameras showed Ms Millane and the accused were "plainly comfortable, plainly enjoying themselves", Mr McCoubrey said.

The following day he hired a vehicle, bought a suitcase and cleaned the apartment, going as far as hiring a carpet cleaning machine from a nearby supermarket.

The defence claims Ms Millane's death past year, on either December 1 or December 2 - which was her 22nd birthday - was accidental.

It is the last time she is seen alive.

The Crown's case at the High Court in Auckland is that the man strangled Ms Millane before putting her body in a suitcase and going on another Tinder date. "The other has given a version of events which the Crown says is not true", McCoubrey said.

"The defence is not doing this in any way to suggest that Ms Millane is to blame, she is not to blame", the defence lawyer said.

"An act created to enhance their sexual pleasure went wrong and she died as a result".

"These actions were part of sexual activities that they were doing together and they were in no way meant to cause any harm to her", his lawyer Ian Brookie said, the New Zealand Herald reported. "It occurred during a perfectly ordinary casual sexual encounter between a young couple who met up on Tinder", Brookie told the court.

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"I did not know specifically Grace was dating online ..."

The woman will give evidence later in the trial.

Prosecutors argue records show the accused killer had searched online for "the hottest fire", "large bags near me" and "Waitakere Ranges" - where Grace's body was later found.

Grace's remains were found twisted inside a suitcase in the foetal position in a shallow grave on 9 December, the court heard.

"There was a naked female lying inside the suitcase".

"It's just not as simple as what the Crown is saying to you", he said.

Millane's parents, David and Gillian, were also seated at the back of the courtroom yesterday with a clear view of the accused.

Grace Millane vanished the day before her 22nd birthday.

"We heard from Grace virtually every day. she enjoyed sharing her adventures with us".

The accused cried as Mr Brookie made brief opening remarks yesterday and remained visibly upset as David Millane's statement about his daughter's life was read aloud to the court.

The trial continues and is expected to last five weeks.

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