Well-known businessman Leo Molloy will apply for a discharge without conviction after he pleaded guilty to breaching a suppression order that prevented the name of British backpacker Grace Millane’s murderer from being made public.
Molloy appeared before Judge Ajit Swaran Singh at the Auckland District Court on Thursday, accused of breaching an order to keep the killer’s name secret.
Court documents show the businessman is accused of breaching a suppression order on November 22 – the same day the killer was found guilty of Grace’s murder by a jury – and again on November 29.
The 63-year-old entered a guilty plea through his lawyer David Jones QC, and will next appear in court on August 27.
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Grace, 21, was killed sometime between December 1 and 2, 2018, by a man she met on a Tinder date in Auckland’s CBD.
The killer, whose identity is suppressed until a further order of the court, was found guilty of murdering Grace in December following a high court trial.
The 27-year-old denied murder and claimed her death was an accident after the pair had rough sex at his apartment. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years.
Molloy also faced another breaching suppression charge for a race-fixing case but that charge has been withdrawn by police.