he killer of British backpacker Grace Millane has lost an appeal against his murder sentence and conviction.
Despite this the 28-year-old won a bid to keep his name suppressed, on the week the order was due to expire.
New Zealand’s Supreme Court made a last-minute order to continue to suppress his identity, meaning New Zealanders still do not know the killer’s name two years after Miss Millane’s death.
The killer was sentenced to life in jail with a minimum period of 17 years in February over the murder of Miss Millane, from Essex.
He strangled her to death during their Tinder date on December 1, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday.
Miss Millane, a Lincoln University graduate, was on a round-the-world trip when she was murdered.
Her body was found in a suitcase buried in a forested area on the outskirts of Auckland.
The killer’s trial heard how after murdering Miss Millane, he took intimate photos of her body and searched for pornography before going on another date.
Miss Millane’s parents were forced to endure a three-week trial in Auckland.
The killer refused to give evidence and instead put her sex life in the spotlight.