GRACE Millane’s shameless killer has lost his final appeal against his murder conviction after strangling the Brit backpacker to death.
Jesse Kempson, 28, will serve 17 years behind bars without parole for the death of Grace , 21, after New Zealand courts rejected his latest appeal.
The Supreme Court decision brings an end to Kempson’s allocated number of appeals.
Backpacker Grace spent her final hours sipping cocktails and sharing kisses with Kempson before he later choked her to death.
CCTV cameras captured her being hugged by the brute as they first met before they are later seen embracing in bars in the city.
The final tragic moments show the Essex girl and her 28-year-old killer leaving a lift to go to the motel room where he killed her.
Kempson strangled Grace and took intimate photos of her naked body before searching degrading pornography on his phone.
Grace’s corpse was later stuffed into a suitcase and buried in a shallow grave with a blanket of mud shovelled on top in the Waitākere Ranges in December 2018.
The Supreme Court ruling is in line with a Court of Appeal’s decision from December 2020 that ruled that there was “no credible narrative of consent, or honest belief,” that consent was given by Grace.
Echoing that ruling, the Supreme Court said: “His actions in the aftermath of her death (in particular the two internet searches and the taking of intimate photographs…) are not easily reconcilable with his innocent accident explanation.
“Nor are the actions that he later took to dispose of her body.”
In December 2020, renowned body language expert Judi James told the Sun Online that Kempson may have used “mix-message body language” to dupe his victims.
Analysing CCTV images of the night, she said Kempson may have tried to play the role of the perfect date when he first met Grace in the lobby of his motel.
“As he hugs Grace he keeps his arms bent away from her body and his hands look rigid, which could have given the misleading impression of being a bit of a gentleman.
“This combination of being overpowering but also subtly polite, however flimsily, could have been confusing.
“Even after kissing in the bar, when he gets into the lift he appears to keep his distance in the closest proximity, rather than pouncing.”