A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of Grace Millane, a British backpacker who disappeared a year ago in Auckland after going on a date. A jury of seven women and five men took just five hours to unanimously agree that the accused, who cannot be named, had murdered Millane in the hotel room where they had gone after their night out.
Prince Andrew has defended his decision to take part in an interview about his former friendship with deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that was described by critics as a “car crash” and condemned by the financier’s alleged victims. Among heavy criticism of his performance, Andrew was slammed for failing to mention any of the women who say they were exploited by Epstein.
British backpacker Grace Millane died after being choked during a sexual encounter with her alleged killer, his murder trial has heard. On the opening day of the trial at Auckland High Court, the jury was told how Ms Millane and the defendant went to several bars after meeting on Tinder.
Michael Gargiulo, nicknamed the “Hollywood Ripper”, has been found guilty of murdering two women. Prosecutors in Los Angeles painted Gargiulo, 43, as a “stone-cold serial killer” who preyed on women in planned attacks. He was also found guilty of attempting to kill a 26-year-old in 2008, who survived and testified against him. Actor Ashton Kutcher also testified, having arranged a date with one of the victims on the night she was killed.
Canadian police say they are going to reduce the intensity of the search for two teenagers suspected in the murder of three people. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were last seen near the remote community of Gillam, Manitoba province. Police have focused their “exhaustive” manhunt around there for over a week, but have found no trace of the pair.
Two Canadian teenagers thought to be on the run are now the main suspects in the double murder of a young couple. A burnt-out camper van belonging to the lifelong friends – Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 – was discovered on Friday along the highway in northern British Columbia. Days before, two tourists were found shot to death 500km (310 miles) away. Police say Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky have since been spotted driving out of the province and are now suspects.
An Airbnb host has admitted killing a guest at his home near Melbourne, Australia, who could not afford to pay. Jason Colton, 42, denies murder, but has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ramis Jonuzi in October 2017. In an earlier statement, Airbnb said it was “deeply saddened and outraged” by what had happened, and that it had removed the listing from its site. “There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our global community stands for,” the company said.
New York police is investigating the deaths of two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found duct-taped together in the Hudson River last week. The sisters were found facing each other and their bodies showed signs of trauma. The Farea sisters moved to the US in 2015 and had recently applied for asylum.
Law enforcement officials in Iowa charged 24-year old Mexican undocumented immigrant Cristhian Bahena Rivera with the first-degree murder of 20-year old college student Mollie Tibbets. A body recovered Tuesday morning in a farm field is believed to be Tibbets. Rivera admitted to the murder during questioning on Monday and led authorities to the body.
Jahseh Onfroy known as rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed at the age of 20 in Deerfield Beach, Florida during an apparent robbery on Monday. Onfroy previously faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman. Onfroy was an upcoming artist whose latest album premiered at Billboard No.1. Police are searching for two suspects in Onfroy’s death.