Grace Milane’s accused murderer pleads not guilty

The 22-year-old went missing from a hostel in Auckland on 1 December.

The man accused of killing the British backpacker Grace Millane has pleaded not guilty.

The 27-year-old, who has interim name suppression, appeared in the High Court in Auckland this morning before Justice Moore.

He will stand trial from November 4.

Grace went missing from a hostel in Auckland on December 1.

Her family in Wickford, England became concerned when the University of Lincoln graduate failed to respond to birthday messages on December 2.

Her body was found more than a week later in dense bush in the Waitākere Ranges on the outskirts of the city.

The accused stood in the dock with his hands clasped in front of him as he entered his not guilty plea this morning.

Justice Moore remanded the man in custody until his next court appearance.

A District Court judge refused to grant the man name suppression at an earlier hearing, but his lawyer Ian Brookie indicated he would appeal that decision.

Google didn't receive the court order until five days later, and by then had already named the accused man in an email to anyone signed up to its "what's trending in New Zealand" service.

That prompted the government to call for a meeting with Google's New Zealand representatives to explain the breach. Justice Minister Andrew Little plans to follow up with the multinational company this year.

The appeal period has not yet lapsed, so name suppression remains in place.


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