The depraved killer of British backpacker Grace Millane raped another British tourist in New Zealand a few months earlier.
Jesse Kempson, 28, strangled Miss Millane, 21, in his studio apartment after the two met on the dating app Tinder in December 2018, before burying her body in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Auckland.
However, it can now be determined that Kempson raped another British tourist in early 2018, whom he also met on Tinder. He also sexually assaulted his girlfriend in a month-long ordeal last year.
The shocking details have not yet been revealed as Kempson was on trial for these crimes and his identity was kept secret amid concerns that the link to Miss Millane’s murder could affect these cases.
Jesse Kempson (left), 28, strangled Grace Millane (right), 21, in his studio apartment after the two met through the dating app Tinder in 2018, before burying her body in a shallow grave
Kempson is pictured at a hearing at the Auckland High Court in New Zealand in February
Miss Millane (pictured) was strangled after meeting Kempson via Tinder on December 1, 2018
Both trials, which took place in October and November of this year, have now been convicted.
As a result, Kempson – a failed salesman who told lies to bolster his ego and arouse sympathy – was sentenced to an additional 11 years in prison, to run concurrently with the minimum 17 years he received for Miss Millane’s murder.
Last week, Kempson also lost an appeal against his conviction for Miss Millane’s murder, and on Monday the New Zealand Supreme Court ruled that Kempson’s identity no longer needed to be hidden.
This means that details of all three crimes and his involvement in them can be reported together for the first time.
Kempson murdered Grace on the night of December 2, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday.
The couple had met in Auckland and had had a drink before Kempson took her back to a hotel he lived in and strangled her to death during sex.
He then took shocking photos of her body, watched pornography, and then went on another date before packing Grace’s body into a suitcase that he buried in a shallow grave in the woods.
What we now know is that eight months before this murder, Kempson raped another British tourist whom he also met through the online dating site.
The 21-year-old had been in New Zealand for a few weeks to visit her family before connecting with Kempson on Tinder.
Grace Millane’s final hours on the Tinder date that led to her death
1st December 2018
5.45 p.m .: Grace Millane arrived in front of the casino’s 20-foot Christmas tree, waiting for her date. She sends a picture of the tree to her parents in Essex. He arrives and they hug.
6pm: The two go to the casino and find Andy’s burger bar. He and Grace were seen ordering drinks and finding a table.
7:12 p.m .: The couple exited the burger bar and crossed the street to the Mexican cafe, where they spent the next hour until the defendant came to pay the bill while standing next to him.
8:27 p.m .: The couple was filmed in the distance on Albert Street, moving ever closer to the killer’s house. They went to the Bluestone Room, where the defendant had previously drunk beer alone. They kiss.
9.41 p.m .:CCTV shows the couple entering the hotel where the killer lived. You enter the elevator and go to the murderer’s apartment. She was brutally murdered in the hours that followed, possibly in the early hours of December 2nd, her birthday.
The couple agreed to have a drink on the Auckland coast, while Kempson – dressed in a blue blazer – bragged about owning an expensive BMW and quickly started talking about marriage.
After a drink in two other places – during this time the victim wrote friends that they were a little worried about Kempson – he took them back to a motel where he lived and lay that his nearby apartment was being renovated.
At that moment, Kempson tried to have sex with her and she refused but could not leave because she had left her door keys and passport in one of the bars.
The girl said she went to bed fully clothed and tried to sleep before Kempson sat on her and raped her.
“I was physically in the room, but I can’t remember what I did. I was just there. My brain just won’t let me remember. I’m sorry. It’s like I’ve just frozen.
“I didn’t want to be there, I was still crying. I don’t know how that wasn’t obvious.”
The girl had kept the 2018 attack a secret until she spotted Kempson, 28, on UK newspaper websites that allowed his identity to be published the day he was charged with Grace’s murder.
The girl went straight to the police, who opened an investigation, but the case was not pursued until after the murder trial of Miss Milane was completed.
In a statement in court when Kempson was convicted of rape, the victim said she woke up with flashbacks and nightmares “crying and screaming” for a long time and was afraid that Kempson would track her down.
“Every time I went to sleep, your eyes popped out of your head and glared at me,” she said.
She vowed never to say Kempson’s name out loud and said she had to check that her front door was locked three times a night, but with the help of counselors and her partner, she recovered.
“I’m not scared,” she said. ‘I am strong. I’m not alone. I am loved I have so much to look forward to in my life and I won’t look back.
“You have no more power over me.”
When found guilty of rape, Kempson beat the judge from the dock and said, “You have no reason to convict me. You are full of mates. ‘
When convicted last month, Judge Venning said it was clear that Kempson did not accept his insult and told him, “You have no remorse or insight into her.”
But Justice Venning had noted that Kempson’s mother “rejected” him at a young age, which “might help explain your attitude towards women”.
Kempson’s mother Marie, who was a teenage boy when she gave birth to him, had left the family home when he was in elementary school after her marriage to his father – Jason – fell apart.
She took Jesse’s younger brother Jonah to start a new life in Australia, but left him with his father – where he suffered “physical and emotional violence”.
As a teenager, he had gone to Australia to try to find his lost family in order to reconcile, but his efforts were unsuccessful.
Among the many lies Kempson told friends, family, and colleagues over the years that followed, was that his mother had died.
He also lied about being a CIA assassin who claimed to have cancer, being a high-flying supermarket manager, being the cousin of a famous All Black rugby star, having gang connections, having a child in Australia.
In reality, Kempson had struggled to keep jobs because of his dishonesty and was often abusive towards the women who came close to him.
In the other trial, he was convicted of terrorizing his girlfriend, who lived in the apartment, for months.
She described him as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who regularly “turned around” after they moved into an apartment she rented and furnished with her savings.
“The first time he hit me, we had an argument and he just hit me in the face,” she told the court.
“I’ve been in an abusive relationship before and I vowed to myself that I would never go back into a relationship.
“So it was like that, I’m in now. It’s scary. I can’t escape I just got a lease on this place, moved in, how the hell am I going to get away with it. ‘
The body of the murdered British backpacker was thrown into this muddy hole in the ground
Grace Millane and Jesse Kempson were spotted on CCTV footage together after meeting online
The footage showed them kissing during their Tinder date in December 2018
Grace’s killer was seen in an elevator in the building he lived in and where Miss Millane went to his apartment the night she died
Miss Millane is pictured in San Francisco (right) in April 2017 (left) and September 2016.
Pictures of the bedroom in Auckland where Kempson throttled Miss Millane two years ago