Grace Millane murder suspect apologised for 'bad decisions' before her death

Grace Millane murder suspect apologised for 'bad decisions' before her death

Grace Millane murder suspect apologised for 'bad decisions' before her death

Organiser Gemma Main thought Mount Maunganui Beach was the "most peaceful and lovely place in the world", and the ideal place to remember the 22-year-old whose body was found on Sunday afternoon in the Waitakere Ranges.

Grace Millane's body has been formally identified and returned to her family, police in New Zealand said.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with Ms Millane's murder and he was remanded in custody after a court hearing in Auckland on Monday.

The 22-year-old from Essex disappeared in Auckland on 1 December.

Vigils were held around New Zealand for murdered Millane, as her father thanked the South Pacific nation for an "outpouring of love" towards his slain daughter.

"We need to get the message out that violence in any shape or form is not tolerated in our community", she said.

Earlier today, Grace's father David Millane took part in a traditional Maori blessing where her body was found.

They added that the whole of New Zealand and especially the accused's family were broken-hearted.

Her family was in the process of organising to take her back to the United Kingdom, he said.

"Auckland Police have carried out the most concise, stringent and thorough investigation", Millane said.

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"Grace was not born here and only managed to stay a few weeks, but you have taken her to your hearts and in some small way she will forever be a Kiwi".

This morning police confirmed Millane's body had been released to her family.

Police initially launched a missing person inquiry for the University of Lincoln graduate after her parents became concerned that she did not reply to birthday wishes sent on December 2.

They said they were sorry for the Millane family's loss and that she didn't deserve what happened to her.

Officers said they have received "hundreds" of calls about the case and investigators are trying to establish a timeline of events.

'But with that being said, we can change how we treat each other and over time I've learnt how much compassion we all have as people'.

The moment he arrived in New Zealand last week Mr Millane had been "astounded by the level of concern, sympathy and selfless help" from the people he and his brother had met.

"She came to New Zealand just like I did and unfortunately she's not going home".

In particular, he thanked Detective Inspector Scott Beard who has led the investigation into his daughter's death. You make me happy when skies are gray.

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