Suspected blood stains in backpacker’s apartment ‘could have come from bucket’


She added: "The form of the possible blood staining and the presence of blood on the ground supplied sturdy assist {that a} clean-up of blood had occurred on this space".

A 27-year-old, who can not be named, is on trial before a jury of seven women and five men in the High Court at Auckland this month.

A week after the fatal date, however, her body was found crammed into a suitcase and dumped in a shallow grave in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges.

Earlier, ESR scientist Dianne Crenfeldt examined his apartment, where it's agreed Ms Millane died on the night of 1 to 2 December past year.

Ms Kappatos told the court microbial action in the body may increase or decrease alcohol concentration so she couldn't be certain her result was the level present at the time of Ms Millane's death.

Ms Crenfeldt, who carried out a scene examination of the accused's room, told the jury about "probable blood stains" found in the CityLife hotel apartment.

The smaller of the stains "could have come from a bucket", Crenfeldt said.

Though he admitted to her strangling death, the defendant claims she died accidentally when they engaged in "rough sex" on December 1 in his apartment.

She said the circular shape of the staining provided strong support there had been attempts to clean the area.

The last known sighting of Grace Millane was at about 9.40pm when she was captured on CCTV entering CityLife hotel with the accused.

"The last message rang alarm bells for me because I read the message to mean that this guy was saying it was his own birthday and I thought here he was spending it with someone who is a stranger to him, meaning Grace", Ms Ashcroft said. "I saw that she had blood coming from her nose".

With reference to a photograph of footprints in the apartment shown with the use of luminol, Ms Crenfeldt said this showed somebody with blood on their feet had moved around the room and transferred blood to those areas.

This morning the court heard luminol testing showed blood smearing on the carpet which indicated movement around the room when it was still wet.

But Ms Crenfeldt said when the carpet was lifted, there was blood visible on the underside of the carpet, as well as on the underlay and the concrete floor.

Ms Crenfeldt said the cleaning of the carpet could have decomposed DNA evidence.

Thomas-Stone said the major profile component of the DNA found corresponded with that of Millane, and was 300,000 million times more likely to her DNA and an unknown person than two random people in the general New Zealand population.

The defendant also watched a string of hardcore pornographic videos on his mobile phone and arranged another Tinder date the day after killing Ms Millane before disposing of her body, the court heard.

They met at Sky City, before having cocktails at several bars in Auckland's CBD.

The 27-year-old man, whose name is suppressed by the court, appeared on trial Thursday in the murder of 22-year-old Grace Milllane, who was found dead in Auckland's bushland in December 2018, Metro UK reported.

The trial continues on Monday and Justice Simon Moore reminded the jury not to engage with others about the case.