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A new documentary on the death of Grace Millane has moved viewers to tears as it traced her final moments.
Grace, a 22-year-old from Essex, was travelling around the world when 26-year-old Jesse Kempson killed her in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2018 after meeting on Tinder. He strangled her after going on a date and proceeded to bury her body in a suitcase in a forest outside of the city.
ITV's The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders aired on Monday as part of a new series which focus on cases where social media played a part in linking the victims and murderers together.
And viewers were particularly moved by the CCTV footage showing Grace's final moments.
One viewer took to Twitter to say: “the Grace Millane case is so terrible. Seeing the cctv footage of her last moments you can just tell she has a radiance & glow about her that a disgusting, entitled man took away”.
Another person noted the harrowing hindsight people would have watching the video: “Awful to watch the cctv footage of #GraceMillane enjoying herself on a first date not knowing what lies ahead.”
Jesse Kempson claimed that Grace had died accidentally during “rough sex” during the trial in February 2020, but the jury ruled that Kempson was guilty of her murder, and he was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years.
People also commented on the defence of “rough sex” that was used in court and the outcome of the trial.
A heartbroken viewer said on Twitter: “So difficult to watch #GraceMillane A beautiful young woman will her whole life ahead of her. My heart hurts watching this programme. #Grace The defence used was atrocious”.
Someone else shared: “RIP Grace Millane... 17 years? That's all he got?! Shocking”.
The documentary also paid tribute to the other women who have been killed in similar cases such as Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.
An enraged viewer said: “Just watched ITVs programme about Grace Millane. So hard to watch. The footage of the other vigils at the end. It makes me so angry. Jacinda Ardern said it all ‘she should have been safe’”.
The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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