Wickford backpacker Grace’s killer finally named after he is convicted of sex attacks on two more women in New Zealand

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The man who murdered Wickford backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand has finally been named after a court order preventing his identification in the media was lifted.

And it was also revealed that Jesse Kempson, 28, had been convicted of sex attacks on two more women.

He was jailed for a minimum of 17 years in February this year for strangling 22-year old Grace in his hotel room in Auckland in December 2018.

Kempson stuffed the body into a suitcase and buried it in Auckland’s mountainous Waitākere Ranges

Grace went missing in December 2018

In October, Kempson was convicted of eight additional charges relating to attacks carried out between November 2016 and April 2017.

And in November, he was convicted of raping another woman in April 2018.

The 11-year jail term for these new offences will be served on top of his sentence for the murder of Miss Millane after his appeal against that conviction was dismissed last week.

“We instead choose to speak Grace’s name.”

Media was unable to name him while the other cases were still pending.

The Millane family said: “To use his name shows we care and gives him the notoriety he seeks,” they added.


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