Millane trial: Room tests suggests clean-up - scientist

Grace Millane

Grace Millane

The defence claims the death, on either December 1 or December 2 2018, the date of Ms Millane's 22nd birthday, was accidental.

Though he confessed to her death, the man claimed she died accidentally when they engaged in rough sex, the BBC reported.

The 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. Her body was later found inside a suitcase, buried in the woods.

Someone with bloody footprints walked around the Auckland apartment where backpacker Grace Millane died before a thorough clean-up operation was attempted, a court has heard.

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

Gillian Millane, the mother of the deceased woman, left the court in tears as detective Samuel Luker described a series of photographs found on the defendant's phone.

Forensic scientist Dianne Crenfeldt told the High Court at Auckland: "Everything is consistent with there being blood present and it being cleaned up".

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

She also couldn't be specific about how much blood there was.

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.

Ms Crenfeldt said there were two large "probable" blood patches at the foot of the bed, one about 70cm in diameter, but there was no blood visible on the carpet.

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While there was no visible sign of blood on the top layer of the carpet, there was evidence of blood on the underside of the carpet, both sides of the underlay and the concrete floor below.

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

Ms Crenfeldt said there was no blood on the Adidas bag but stains were found in the carpet, on the fridge and on the suitcase.

Ms Crenfeldt said scientists used luminol as it was very sensitive and could detect and reconstruct a clean-up.

A photo shown to the jury this morning of footprints revealed by luminol testing.

Ms Crenfeldt couldn't determine how the blood had dripped but said it could been cast off from a body or fallen from a mop after being diluted with water.

Ms Millane's parents David and Gilliane have been in court again today to hear the forensic evidence and cross-examination by the man's lawyer Ian Brookie. The legal limit is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres.

After arriving in Auckland, the recent university graduate was matched with her accused killer on the dating app Tinder.

Blood containing liquid was also found, she said, which may have originated from an object like a bucket.

Millane's body was found crammed into a suitcase and dumped in a shallow grave in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges a week later.

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