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Tinder date of man accused of Grace Millane murder said she feared for her life during sex with him

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A student told today how she fought for her life when the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane suffocated her as she had sex with him.  

She told the jury through tears: ‘I was terrified. I thought, ‘This can’t be the way that I die’.’ 

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had battled ‘with all my might’, before deciding to feign unconsciousness in the hope the man would notice her desperation. 

But when he eventually released her, he acted as if nothing was wrong and told her: ‘You don’t think I did that deliberately?’ 

The witness told Auckland’s High Court in New Zealand today that the defendant, 27, who also cannot be named, tried to meet up with her on the day Grace, 22, is alleged to have died.   

The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pictured flanked by corrections officers during the opening of the trial in Auckland, New Zealand last week

The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pictured flanked by corrections officers during the opening of the trial in Auckland, New Zealand last week

The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pictured flanked by corrections officers during the opening of the trial in Auckland, New Zealand last week 

Wearing a dark suit and open necked white shirt, the defendant listened impassively in the dock to the woman giving evidence by video link. 

He is accused of strangling Grace, who was from Wickford, Essex, the night before her 22nd birthday during rough sex, but claims it was an accident after the backpacker asked him to choke her. 

The student, whose identity is protected, said she met the man through Tinder in March last year and shared one date before ceasing contact. 

But they reconnected in October and ended up in his Auckland apartment in early November, the same place where Grace would die just a month later. 

The man told her he wanted to change out of his suit following work and took her to the apartment at the CityLife hotel where he lived. 

After buying wine and beer, she said, they talked for several hours before the man kissed her and tried to lead her to the bed. 

Grace Millane, (left after graduation) vanished during the early hours of her 22nd birthday while on a round-the-world trip in New Zealand. Her body was later found inside a suitcase in the woods near the city

Grace Millane, (left after graduation) vanished during the early hours of her 22nd birthday while on a round-the-world trip in New Zealand. Her body was later found inside a suitcase in the woods near the city

Grace Millane, (left after graduation) vanished during the early hours of her 22nd birthday while on a round-the-world trip in New Zealand. Her body was later found inside a suitcase in the woods near the city 

‘He had been talking about how much he loved me and wanted to be with me,’ she said. 

She refused sex as she was on her period but had agreed to give him oral sex, she told the court.   

The woman became unable to breathe when the 27-year-old put all his weight on her face, she told the jury today.

‘I couldn’t breathe,’ she said. ‘He sat down so that he wasn’t supporting any of his body weight. 

‘He had grabbed my arms to I couldn’t move them. ‘I started kicking to indicate I couldn’t breathe. 

‘He just sat there, he didn’t move at all. It was probably 30 or 40 seconds but I managed to get the tiniest little bit of air out of the corner of my mouth. 

‘I decided to lie completely still and he would realise something was wrong. My arms were flopping. 

‘I acted like I passed out and he still didn’t get off. ‘There were so many thoughts running through my mind. I thought this can’t be the way that I die. 

‘I started thinking about my family and my friends and, they can’t read about this. I was just so scared and I had so much more….’ 

Miss Millane's body was found in a wooded area near Auckland a week after she was last seen at a hotel in Auckland city centre, a court heard

Miss Millane's body was found in a wooded area near Auckland a week after she was last seen at a hotel in Auckland city centre, a court heard

Miss Millane’s body was found in a wooded area near Auckland a week after she was last seen at a hotel in Auckland city centre, a court heard

The woman said only after another 30 or 40 seconds of kicking and struggling did the man get off her. 

‘Finally he just sat up. I was gasping and he just said to me, ‘Oh, what’s wrong?’ I said, ‘What do you mean what’s wrong?’ 

‘He said, accusing and quite cold: ‘You don’t think I did that on purpose do you?’ I think I was in disbelief and shock.

Miss Millane’s mother Gill sat alongside her father David in the public gallery, listening to the witness with her hand covering her face at times. 

The student said she was fit and strong, a frequent gym- goer who played team sports three times a week, but was powerless against the defendant. 

When she said she was leaving the apartment at the CityLife hotel in central Auckland, she told the jury, the man claimed to be seriously, lying on the bed. 

‘He started going on about, ‘see, you don’t like me, you don’t want to be with me’, just over and over again. 

She told him she was going to get an ambulance for him and left him lying on the bed. 

The man contacted her the next day, she said. ‘He was just in disbelief that I had left and hadn’t stayed the night. 

Over the next month he regularly tried to meet her again, but she had avoided contact and lied about her movements, hoping he would lose interest. 

Miss Millane's mother Gill sat alongside her father David in the public gallery today (pictured attending court last week), listening to the witness with her hand covering her face at times

Miss Millane's mother Gill sat alongside her father David in the public gallery today (pictured attending court last week), listening to the witness with her hand covering her face at times

Miss Millane’s mother Gill sat alongside her father David in the public gallery today (pictured attending court last week), listening to the witness with her hand covering her face at times

She was paranoid about how much she had told the defendant about her life and did not want to aggravate him by discussing the suffocation. 

But on December 1, the day he met Miss Millane, he was still trying to arrange another meeting. 

‘He was asking what I was up to and I said I was busy,’ she told the jury. ‘He wanted me to come for dinner. I said of I can’t, I’m an hour out of Auckland, which is a lie.’ 

The last message from him that day was at 5.15pm, she said, just half an hour before he met Miss Millane. 

Earlier another of the defendant’s previous Tinder dates told jurors he ‘liked dominating women during sex because it made him feel superior and in control’. 

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court the defendant liked ‘feet, dominating and strangulation’. 

He had repeatedly asked her to meet up with her, but she said she didn’t want to because: ‘It didn’t feel comfortable meeting with some of things he wanted me to do.’  

The witness said the alleged killer had talked about his sexual preferences and why he enjoyed them, adding:  ‘He said it was because it made him feel more superior and in control.’

The woman said the man had been contacting her on the weekend Grace vanished.

A picture shows the hotel apartment where the 27-year-old defendant is accused of killing Grace

A picture shows the hotel apartment where the 27-year-old defendant is accused of killing Grace

A picture shows the hotel apartment where the 27-year-old defendant is accused of killing Grace

The court also heard from another woman the defendant went on a Tinder date with nine days before Grace vanished.  

The waitress, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors she had matched with the 27-year-old alleged killer in November 2018. 

She said: ‘We asked each other what we preferred during sex and so I did mention that I liked rough sex and also choking.

‘He did say that he liked rough sex as well but I don’t remember if he said anything about choking.’  

Questioned by prosecutor Brian Dickey, she said she had gone to man’s apartment at the CityLife apartment at 7pm on November 22 to meet him for the first time.

She bought a bottle of rum and the man, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, met her in the lobby. 

‘It was a nice place,’ she said. ‘We went up to his room and we started talking to each other. 

‘I had about four glasses of rum and coke and he drank about four bottles of Heineken. 

‘After he went to bathroom he kissed me and from there it went to the bed.’ 

Grace Millane is pictured with the defendant on the night she vanished

Grace Millane is pictured with the defendant on the night she vanished

Grace Millane is pictured with the defendant on the night she vanished 

During sex, she said, ‘he did choke me a bit because that’s a preference of mine, just one hand around my neck. 

‘It was fine, it was consensual. My breath was a bit restricted but it was something that gave me pleasure. 

‘It wasn’t too hard that I gasping for air but it wasn’t so soft that I wouldn’t be able to feel it. It was the right pressure 

‘I didn’t have to push him off me. He let me go when I reached…’

The woman said after ordering in pizza and sharing it she had left the man asleep but tried to contact him again after realising she had left her glasses behind. 

But the alleged killer didn’t return them and she didn’t see him again until he walked into the bar where she worked on the night of December 1, this time with Grace, who he had also met through Tinder. 

‘He came in with a young lady and they walked across the bar to go to a table,’ she told the court. 

‘I wasn’t sure it was him until I saw the tattoo on his arm. ‘She looked European. She was wearing a black dress with shoulder length hair.’ 

The woman served the couple drinks and as he was paying, the woman told him how frustrating it was not to have to her glasses. 

Three days later, having buried Grace in a suitcase in remote woodland, he dropped the glasses off at the bar. 

Under cross-examination, the woman said when she first spoke to police about the date, which she described as ‘just a hook-up’, she had not mentioned the choking because she ‘just forgot’. 

The man denies murder. The trial continues. 

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Girlfriend, 30, is heartbroken after her boyfriend was cheating via his secret Facebook page

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A devastated woman has revealed the moment she discovered her boyfriend of three years was cheating on her after she found his secret Facebook account.

Lilly, from Perth, Western Australia, met Dave through their retail job when they started having a few steamy ‘on-shift trysts’. 

The 30-year-old woman said their serious relationship was going well until she decided to clean up his place while he was out having drinks with his mates.

A devastated woman has revealed the moment she discovered her boyfriend of three years was cheating on her after she found his secret Facebook account (stock image)

A devastated woman has revealed the moment she discovered her boyfriend of three years was cheating on her after she found his secret Facebook account (stock image)

A devastated woman has revealed the moment she discovered her boyfriend of three years was cheating on her after she found his secret Facebook account (stock image)

‘I accidentally bumped the mouse of his computer and the screen lit up. Facebook was open but Dave had a different profile picture,’ she told Take 5 magazine.

At first glance, she thought he looked ‘cute’ in the snap but she quickly realised Dave had his relationship status set as ‘single’ on a whole new profile account.

She quickly discovered messages between her boyfriend and his lover who wrote on the same day: “Can’t wait to see you tonight, babe. I’ve missed you”.

‘I felt my heart break into a million pieces. I looked through his inbox and discovered dozens of flirtatious messages from other women. My face turned red as I realised he’d been having multiple affairs for over a year,’ Lilly said.

Lilly said she discovered messages between her boyfriend and another woman while she was cleaning up his place while he was out having drinks with friends (stock image)

Lilly said she discovered messages between her boyfriend and another woman while she was cleaning up his place while he was out having drinks with friends (stock image)

Lilly said she discovered messages between her boyfriend and another woman while she was cleaning up his place while he was out having drinks with friends (stock image)

She decided to wait for him until he returned home at 2am.

‘He found me in the lounge room, fully dressed and holding my bag. “I know where you’ve been, you b***ard… It’s over”,’ Lilly said.

While she stormed out the door, Dave didn’t say a single word.

Three months on, Lilly said she’s moved on from their breakup but admitted she was still reading his ‘salacious texts’ from multiple women because he never changed his password.

And while Lilly said she wants to tell his new girlfriend about his ongoing affairs, she’s afraid he’ll know she’d been stalking him online for months.

‘What I’m doing is wrong but after the way Dave treated me, I don’t regret a thing,’ she said.

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‘Two protesters are shot’ by police in Hong Kong as officers open fire with live rounds

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A Hong Kong police officer shot at masked protesters on Monday morning, hitting at least one in the torso, during rush hour clashes broadcast live on Facebook.

Shots rang out at a blockaded junction in the district of Sai Wan Ho as a police officer attempted to arrest a masked man during a wild scuffle.

Footage showed the policeman drawing his sidearm as a second man moved towards the officer in an attempt to liberate his comrade.

The protester appeared to take a swipe at the officer’s pistol and just moments later the he opened fire, hitting the masked demonstrator in the torso.

As shrieks pierced the air, other demonstrators rushed at the officer who quickly fired another two rounds.

The masked demonstrator he had originally tried to collar broke free in the struggle but another man went to ground as the shots were fired, although it was not clear from the footage if he too had been wounded. 

Police could later be seen detaining the two men on the ground. The first man had a pool of blood next to him, his body limp as officers moved him around and apparently tried to tie his hands.

The second man was conscious and talking.

A Hong Kong police officer (pictured opening fire) shot at masked protesters on Monday morning - hitting at least one in the torso - during clashes broadcast live on Facebook

A Hong Kong police officer (pictured opening fire) shot at masked protesters on Monday morning - hitting at least one in the torso - during clashes broadcast live on Facebook

A Hong Kong police officer (pictured opening fire) shot at masked protesters on Monday morning – hitting at least one in the torso – during clashes broadcast live on Facebook

Police could later be seen detaining the two men on the ground. The first man (face blurred) had a pool of blood next to him, his body limp as officers moved him around and apparently tried to tie his hands, while the second man was conscious and talking

Police could later be seen detaining the two men on the ground. The first man (face blurred) had a pool of blood next to him, his body limp as officers moved him around and apparently tried to tie his hands, while the second man was conscious and talking

Police could later be seen detaining the two men on the ground. The first man (face blurred) had a pool of blood next to him, his body limp as officers moved him around and apparently tried to tie his hands, while the second man was conscious and talking

Police officers detaining the two protesters in the aftermath, the man who was shot in the torso appeared to be unconscious

Police officers detaining the two protesters in the aftermath, the man who was shot in the torso appeared to be unconscious

Police officers detaining the two protesters in the aftermath, the man who was shot in the torso appeared to be unconscious

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to AFP that live rounds were fired at more than one protester in Sai Wan Ho and that a statement would be issued.

Police said in a statement radical protesters had set up barricades at multiple locations across the city and warned the demonstrators to ‘stop their illegal acts immediately’.

They did not comment immediately on the apparent shooting.

Services on some train and subway lines were disrupted early on Monday, with riot police deployed near stations and shopping malls. Many universities cancelled classes on Monday and there were long traffic jams in some areas.

Activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls across Hong Kong’s New Territories and Kowloon peninsula on Sunday during a 24th straight weekend of anti-government unrest. 

Tensions have soared in recent days following the death on Friday of a 22-year-old student who succumbed to injuries sustained from a fall in the vicinity of a police clearance operation the weekend before. 

Protesters block roads in Wong Tai Sin district, as they call for a general strike, in Hong Kong on Monday morning

Protesters block roads in Wong Tai Sin district, as they call for a general strike, in Hong Kong on Monday morning

Protesters block roads in Wong Tai Sin district, as they call for a general strike, in Hong Kong on Monday morning

Police officers direct residents as pro-democracy protesters block major roads in Hong Kong on Monday morning

Police officers direct residents as pro-democracy protesters block major roads in Hong Kong on Monday morning

Police officers direct residents as pro-democracy protesters block major roads in Hong Kong on Monday morning

A traffic jam is seen as roads are blocked by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong

A traffic jam is seen as roads are blocked by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong

A traffic jam is seen as roads are blocked by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong

Protesters set up barricades to block a road in Wong Tai Sin on Monday

Protesters set up barricades to block a road in Wong Tai Sin on Monday

Protesters set up barricades to block a road in Wong Tai Sin on Monday

The city has seen four days of consecutive protests since the student’s death as well as tens of thousands attending mass vigils.

Using online messaging forums, activists had called for a general strike on Monday morning.

Flashmob protests sprung up in multiple districts during the morning commuter period, with small groups of masked protesters targeting subway stations and building barricades on road junctions.

Even before the shooting in Sai Wan Ho, tear gas had been fired in at least two other locations. 

A view of graffiti at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Monday

A view of graffiti at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Monday

A view of graffiti at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Monday

People react after a tear gas canister fired by police lands amongst them during a standoff with protesters and residents in the Tsuen Wan district of the New Territories in Hong Kong on Sunday night

People react after a tear gas canister fired by police lands amongst them during a standoff with protesters and residents in the Tsuen Wan district of the New Territories in Hong Kong on Sunday night

People react after a tear gas canister fired by police lands amongst them during a standoff with protesters and residents in the Tsuen Wan district of the New Territories in Hong Kong on Sunday night

Monday’s shooting is the third time protesters have been shot with live rounds by police. 

On 1 October a student was struck in the chest as he and a group of activists attacked an officer with sticks and poles. He survived his wound and is being prosecuted.

Days later a 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg when a policeman in plainclothes fired his gun after his car was attacked by a crowd. He also survived and was arrested. 

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Woolworths launches massive online sale on popular products

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Supermarket giant Woolworths has launched a massive online sale for one day only – with selected items slashed by up to 50 per cent.

The grocery chain has reduced prices on a slew of popular products, including makeup, skincare, baby formula, coffee, ice creams and chocolates.

Available Australia-wide, the ‘One Day Online Only Offers’ runs until 11.59pm Monday, November 11, or while stocks last.

Supermarket giant Woolworths has launched a massive online sale for one day only - with selected items slashed by up to 50 per cent off (file image)

Supermarket giant Woolworths has launched a massive online sale for one day only - with selected items slashed by up to 50 per cent off (file image)

Supermarket giant Woolworths has launched a massive online sale for one day only – with selected items slashed by up to 50 per cent off (file image)

For a fraction off its original prices, beauty fans can get 50 per cent off every Mcobeauty products, including mascara, eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, and more.

Beauty fans can get false lashes for $7.50, concealer sticks for $7, mascaras for $7.50, eyeshadow palette for $7.50, lipsticks for $3.75, and shimmer for $9.

If you’re looking at updating your skincare regime, there’s a range of L’oreal products for just half price, including facial serum for $16.50, anti-wrinkle cream for $16.50, clay mask for $10, and coffee scrub for $10.

For half price across the Olay range, you can find face sheets for $5.50, anti-wrinkle night cream for $8.75, moisturising lotion for $6.50, and eye cream for $24.50.

Other skincare items on sale include Garnier’s face masks for just $3.60, Dove body lotion for $4.25, 

In the frozen foods section, customers can get Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream 458mL tubs for just $8, or Magnum 440mL tubs for half price at just $4.25 each.

For new parents, there’s a range of Aptamil Gold+ baby formulas 900g for just $18.

If you want to prepare coffee on the go, there’s Nescafe 10-pack sachet for $3.15, instant coffee jars for $9, or an International Roast Instant Coffee 500g for $8.

To stock up on sweets, you can buy two family size Allen’s lollies bags for $8, KitKats for $3, and Nestle chocolate blocks for $3.

All offers are available online only – as customers are required to purchase the items via the website – and pick up via click and collect and delivery are available.

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