Grace Millane’s mum breaks down as she says she’d do anything to trade places with murdered daughter

TRAGIC Grace Millane’s tormented mum broke down as she revealed she would do anything to trade places with her murdered daughter.

Gillian also described how she still sprays Grace’s perfume in a heartbreaking statement as she confronted her daughter’s killer in court.

Grace Millane was killed in December 2018
Grace Millane was killed in December 2018
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Grace’s mum, Gillian, told the killer ‘she died terrified and alone in your room’
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The 22-year-old, from Essex, was strangled during sex on a Tinder date in Auckland, New Zealand, in December 2018.

Her 28-year-old murderer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for life today with a non-parole period of 17 years.

In an emotional statement, devastated Gillian, told the killer her daughter “died terrified and alone in your room”.

And she revealed Grace was her “very best friend”, who she will miss until her “last breath”.

The tears I shed are never-ending at the thought of never having the chance to kiss my Grace goodbye.

Gillian Millane

The sobbing mum said: “I am absolutely heartbroken that you have taken my daughter’s future and robbed us of so many memories that we were going to create.

“I look at our last family photograph together. Every minute of every day.

“The tears I shed are never-ending at the thought of never having the chance to kiss my Grace goodbye.

“No life sentence you will receive today will match the life sentence without my Grace.

“But I will do my upmost to ensure that no other family needs to go through what we went through.”

Grace was six weeks into a backpacking “trip of a lifetime” after recently graduating from the University of Lincoln when she was brutally murdered.

Her body was later found buried in a shallow grave in a forested area outside Auckland.

I will miss my darling Grace until my last breath in my body leaves me

Gillian Millane

Mum Gillian says she “torments myself” over the killer’s “cruel actions” and revealed she wanted to take her own life last year when she went into a “very dark place”.

She now attends weekly counselling sessions to help her cope with the tragedy but says her family will “never be the same”.

The mum added: “I want you to know, I don’t forgive you because if I did that means I care about you and I simply don’t.

“As a mother I would have done anything to trade places with her. I sit full of guilt knowing I couldn’t be there. She died terrified and alone in a room with you.

“You have ripped a hole in my heart one that will never be repaired. You walked into our lives and destroyed Grace in the pursuit of your own sexual gratification.

“I will miss my darling Grace until my last breath in my body leaves me. The laughter, the conversations, the memories, you will never be forgotten my darling.  You will always be my sunshine.”

BRUTAL MURDER

During the trial, it was revealed how Grace’s killer was a serial fantasist who had previously told would-be sexual partners he had cancer.

He also claimed his parents were dead and his cousin was a New Zealand rugby player to try and seduce them.

In reality, he was just a failed salesman who was sacked shortly before he murdered Grace.

A former friend said: “He was creepy towards girl…his life revolved around girls and talking to girls.”

She was murdered after going on the date the night before her 22nd birthday with a frantic hunt launched when she first vanished.

Mum Gillian Millane's emotional statement in full

I am absolutely heartbroken that you have taken my daughter’s future and robbed me of so many more memories that we were going to create.

I look at our last family photograph together. [Sobs] Every minute of every day.

Last February I went into a very dark place. I wanted to take my own life. The physical and emotional pain was just too much. But how can I add more pain to my already suffering family.

How am I meant to get up and get on with my days knowing it’s just another day I won’t speak to her.

Your barbaric actions towards my Grace is beyond comprehension.

No life sentence you will receive today will match the life sentence without my Grace.

But I will do my upmost to ensure that no other family needs to go through what we went through.

I want you to know, I don’t forgive you because if I did that means I care about you and I simply don’t.

Her tragic life was court short by your willful cruel actions. You took it upon yourself to murder my beautiful grace, an innocent young lady.

On a daily basis I torment myself over what you did to my Grace. The terror and pain she must have experienced at your hands.

Ad a mother I would have done anything to trade places with her. I sit full of guilt knowing I couldn’t be there. She died terrified and alone in a room with you.

You have ripped a hole in my heart one that will never be repaired. You walked into our lives and destroyed Grace in the pursuit of your own sexual gratification.

[Sobs] Now my family will never be the same. So many other innocent people including your own family have had their worlds destroyed.

I will miss my darling Grace until my last breath in my body leaves me. The laughter, the conversations, the memories, you will never be forgotten my darling. You will always be my sunshine. Thank you.

Her dad David Millane flew to New Zealand as local authorities spent a week searching for the graduate.

But her body was later discovered with prosecutors saying she was strangled, shoved in a suitcase and later buried.

The family have now set up a charity in her memory, called Love Grace, where handbags and toiletries are collected for domestic abuse victims.

The project is now running in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Britain.

Grace’s brother, Declan Millane said after the sentencing: “This person did not just take Grace’s life, he took away a piece of my life as well.

“I have not felt whole since my sister’s death.”

The 22-year-old’s brother, Declan, also appeared via video link from the family home
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This is believed to be one of the last times Grace was seen alive
This is believed to be one of the last times Grace was seen alive
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The Brit backpacker's body was later found buried in a shallow grave
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The Brit backpacker’s body was later found buried in a shallow grave[/caption]

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The body of missing British backpacker Grace was found by a roadside[/caption]

Grace was murdered after going on a Tinder date in Auckland

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