Murderer who killed Grace Millane had raped another British tourist

The depraved murderer of British backpacker Grace Millane raped another British tourist in New Zealand just months earlier, it has emerged.

Jesse Kempson, 28, strangled Miss Millane, 21, in his studio apartment after the pair met on dating app Tinder in December 2018, before burying her body in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Auckland.

But it can now be revealed that, earlier in 2018,  Kempson raped another British tourist he also met on Tinder. He also sexually assaulted his girlfriend the previous year in an ordeal lasting months.

Grace Millane

Jesse Kempson (left), 28, strangled Grace Millane (right), 21, in his studio apartment after the pair met on dating app Tinder in 2018, before burying her body in a shallow grave

Kempson is pictured at a hearing at Auckland High Court in New Zealand in February

Kempson is pictured at a hearing at Auckland High Court in New Zealand in February

Grace Millane

Grace Millane

Miss Millane (pictured) was strangled after meeting Kempson via Tinder on December 1, 2018

Both cases were silenced until now to avoid prejudicing Kempson’s trial in November last year for murdering Miss Millane, for which he is now serving a 17 year minimum jail term.

Just eight months before the murder, Kempson raped a British tourist after she refused sex following a date.

The victim, who cannot be identified, kept the attack secret until she recognised the killer from the news on the same day he was charged with Miss Millane’s murder.

She immediately told the police, but her case against Kempson was paused until the murder trial had concluded.

The body of murdered the British backpacker was dumped in this muddy hole in the ground

The body of murdered the British backpacker was dumped in this muddy hole in the ground

Grace Millane and Jesse Kempson were seen together in CCTV footage after meeting online

Grace Millane and Jesse Kempson were seen together in CCTV footage after meeting online

Footage showed them kissing during their Tinder date in December 2018

Footage showed them kissing during their Tinder date in December 2018 

Grace's killer was seen in a lift in the building where he lived and where Miss Millane went to his apartment on the night she died

Grace’s killer was seen in a lift in the building where he lived and where Miss Millane went to his apartment on the night she died 

Grace Millane pictured in April 2017

Grace is pictured here in September 2016, in front of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

Miss Millane is pictured in April 2017 (left) and in in September 2016 in San Francisco (right)

Pictures of the bedroom in Auckland where Kempson throttled Miss Millane two years ago

Pictures of the bedroom in Auckland where Kempson throttled Miss Millane two years ago

Miss Millane's parents Dave and Gillian speak outside the High Court in Auckland last year

Miss Millane’s parents Dave and Gillian speak outside the High Court in Auckland last year

Justice Geoffrey Venning sentenced Kempson in a New Zealand high court in November this year to three-and-a-half years in jail for the rape.

Grace Millane’s final hours on Tinder date that led to her death

December 1, 2018

5.45pm: Grace Millane was shown arriving in front of the casino’s 20 foot tall Christmas tree, where she stood waiting for her date. She sends a picture of the tree to her parents in Essex. He arrives and they hug.

6pm: The two of them walk into the casino and find Andy’s Burger Bar. He and Grace were seen ordering drinks and finding a table.

7.12pm: The couple left the burger bar and cross the road into the Mexican cafe where they spend the next hour until the defendant came to pay the bill with her standing beside him.

8.27pm: The pair were filmed in the distance crossing Albert Street and moving ever closer to the killer’s home. They headed into the Bluestone Room where the accused had earlier been drinking beer alone. They kiss.

9.41pm: CCTV shows the couple entering the hotel where the killer was living. They enter the lift and head to the killer’s apartment. In the hours that followed she was brutally murdered, possibly in the early hours of December 2, her birthday.

After sentencing, Kempson screamed at the judge: ‘You have no reason to convict me. You’re full of s*** mate.’

Justice Venning said it was clear Kempson did not accept his offending and told him: ‘You have no remorse or insight into it.’

He added: ‘Your mother rejected you; that may go some way towards explaining your attitude towards women.’

In the wake of the attack, the victim said she had woken up ‘crying and screaming’ with flashbacks and nightmares, terrified that Kempson would track her down, the court heard in a statement read at the sentencing.

She added: ‘Every time I went to sleep, I’d see your eyes popping out of your head, staring at me in anger.’

The victim said she was now recovering with support from counsellors and her partner, adding: ‘I am not scared, I am strong. I am not alone. I am loved. I have so much to look forward to in my life and I will not look back. You don’t have any power over me any more.’

Kempson was also convicted of abusing his girlfriend for months in 2017, at another postponed trial.

The judge found the victim’s then boyfriend had violently assaulted her. 

He threatened her with a butcher’s knife and forced her to carry out sex acts. 

He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail in November this year.

Kempson will now serve his most-recent sentences – totalling 11 years in jail – concurrently with the 17-year-term for Miss Millane’s murder.

The latest convictions emerged after Kempson lost an appeal against the murder conviction on Friday last week. 

He had been seeking leave from prison to attend a supreme court appeal, which judges threw out on Tuesday. 

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