Newly released surveillance footage shows a man convicted of the 2018 murder of a British tourist actually carrying the victim’s body out of a hotel in a suitcase. In the video, which was shared by The Sun on Wednesday, 28-year-old Jesse Shane Kempson—the New Zealander charged for the death of Essex backpacker Grace Millane—can be seen lugging a suitcase that he later admitted contained Millane’s body.
According to a report by The Sun, Kempson testified that he folded Millane’s naked body into a fetal position and stuffed her into the suitcase after strangling her to death. In the video, he can be seen using a porter’s trolley to carry two cases, including the one with Millane’s body in it, while at CityLife in Auckland, New Zealand, the hotel that he and Millane visited following a Tinder date.
Surveillance video also spots Kempson pushing the trolley across the hotel lobby. Additionally, there’s footage of the pair together in the hotel elevator, moments before Millane was killed.
Millane embarked on a year-long solo trip after graduating from Lincoln University in 2018. She reportedly spent six weeks in South America before arriving in New Zealand in December 2018. On the eve of her 22nd birthday, she met Kempson, whom she had been in communication with via Tinder, and after a night out she was seen entering the CityLife hotel with him. When Millane didn’t respond to any birthday messages the following day, her parents contacted authorities.
After a weeklong search that drew international attention, Millane’s body was found in a section of bush near Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges.
Kempson, who pleaded not guilty when his criminal trial began in November 2019, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in February with no chance of parole before a 17-year period. He was also sentenced to an additional 11 years in prison—which he’ll serve concurrently—across two separate trials involving the earlier sexual assaults of two other women.
In one of the cases, Kempson was convicted of sexual violation, assault and threatening to kill his ex-partner while he reportedly held a knife to her throat. For the second offense, Kempson was convicted of raping a woman he met on a dating app.
New Zealand Detective Inspector Scott Beard told reporters on Wednesday that there was a chance more women have been victimized by Kempson, and Beard encouraged them to come forward with additional information, according to the New York Post. “There could well be other women out there who Grace’s killer may have offended against,” he said. “If they’re not sure what to do, come to the police and speak to us.”