British backpacker Grace Millane’s killer has lost his appeal against his murder sentence and conviction.
However, he won one final attempt to suppress his name after going to New Zealand’s Supreme Court.
The 28-year-old’s name suppression should expire this week.
However, the Supreme Court ordered at the last minute that his identity be further suppressed after his murder conviction pending further court orders, the NZ Herald reports.
Regardless, the appeals court rejected his motion to appeal his murder conviction and sentence.
The killer was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 17 years behind bars this February for the death of the Essex graduate.
Grace was strangled to death by her Tinder date on December 1, 2018, the day before she would have turned 22.
Her body was later found in a suitcase buried in a wooded area on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.
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Her killer alleged during the trial that the couple engaged in hard sex that went too far.
However, a jury rejected this argument and found him guilty of murder.
In his trial, he overheard Grace taking intimate photos of her body after his death, searching for pornography, and then going on another Tinder date.
Grace’s heartbroken family traveled to New Zealand to see the murderer of their loved ones being tried and convicted.
Tragically, Grace’s father, David Millane, died of cancer last month in his hometown of Wickford.
Her family released a statement today in response to the killer’s failure to appeal his conviction and conviction, and thanked the detectives and judges on the case.
The statement added, “We would also like to thank the people of New Zealand for the love and support they have shown Grace and our family over the past two years.
“Grace was a kind, fun-loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, cousin and friend who had her whole life ahead of her.
“She was enjoying the first adventure that would have been a lifetime before her life was so cruelly and brutally cut short by her killer.
“Her sense of fun, her sense of adventure, her love of travel and exploration, and her ability to illuminate every room she walked with her generosity of spirit are memories that we as a family cherish and care for will always remember her.
“While the focus will inevitably be on the outcome of today’s legal process, our hearts and family loves will always be with our beautiful grace.
“Grace, you are and always will be our sunshine.”