Jesse Shane Kempson is the man from New Zealand who murdered Grace Millane from Wickford, Essex, England, United Kingdom. Born on December 2, 1996, she went missing on December 1, 2018.
Kempson dumped Millane’s body in a shallow grave in the Waitākere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in December 1991 in Wellington, New Zealand and grew up there particularly in Wainuiomata and Porirua. His parents separated in 1994.
- As a junior softball representative, he spent several years living in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
- From Sydney, he moved to Auckland in 2016. In the same year, he met a woman on Tinder. She became his girlfriend and they moved in together shortly after. He was accused of abusing her. She told police he tried to kill her on January 19, 2017 by holding her in a choke hold after chasing her around the house with a knife. She left him in April 2017. She did not file charges against him but she was granted a protection order against him.
- He met a young British woman via Tinder in April 2018. He was accused of sexually assaulting her in a motel room in Epsom, Auckland. In November 2020, Justice Geoffrey Venning convicted him of rape.
- He met Millane on Tinder while she was backpacking in Auckland. They physically met for the first time on December 1, 2018. On the same day, he strangled her to death in his apartment on the third floor of CityLife hotel in Auckland. While her lifeless body was still in the room, he took intimate photographs of her, accessed internet via his phone, searched for pornography, ways to dispose of a corpse and Waitākere Ranges went on a Tinder date with another woman. He was captured on CCTV wheeling a suitcase containing her body out of the hotel.
- On December 7, 2018, he was arrested for the murder of Millane.
- Represented by Ian Brookie and Ron Mansfield, he denied murdering Millane and claimed she accidentally died after they had rough sex at his apartment. Through three court proceedings, he was allowed to keep his name secret. His defense counsel argued that revealing his name to the public would deprive him a fair trial.
- In January 2019, he appeared before Justice Simon Moore at the High Court in Auckland and pleaded not guilty of killing Millane.
- On February 21, 2020, Moore sentenced him to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. The judge also ruled his interim suppression would continue with his reasons.
- On November 22, 2019, he was found guilty of murdering Millane following a High Court trial.
- In relation to the attack he allegedly committed against his former girlfriend on January 19, 2017, he faced a judge-alone trial at the High Court at Auckland before Justice Timothy Brewer on October 23, 2020. The judge found him guilty of two charges of sexual violation, three charges of assault, two charges of assault with a knife and one charge of threatening to kill, Stuff reported. He was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison.
- On December 18, 2020, he successfully made an attempt to continue keeping his name a secret by appealing to New Zealand’s Supreme Court. On the same day, his appeal against his conviction and sentence was dismissed by Justice Stephen Kos, Justice Patricia Courtney and Justice Mark Cooper.
- On December 22, 2020, New Zealand’s Supreme Court ruled that he could be named.