New Zealand - PM Ardern Delivers Tearful Apology Over Backpacker Death (Video)
Holding back tears, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on behalf of her whole country for the murder of backpacker Miss Grace Millane, the 22-year-old British woman who was murdered while holidaying in Auckland, saying 'your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.'
Ms Ardern said: "I cannot imagine the grief of her family and what they would be experiencing and feeling right now. My thoughts and prayers are with her father David, who is in the country, her mother Gillian, who cannot be here, and her wider family, friends and loved ones.”
"From the Kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality, on our manaakitanga (a Maori term meaning kindness and generosity) especially to those who are visiting our shores."
The murder of young Miss Millane has become somewhat of a national tragedy for the Kiwis as many on social media pointed out that the 22-year-old millionaire’s daughter was able to travel through South America for a month and remain unharmed, but was murdered only 1 week after arriving in Auckland.
Also today, her alleged murderer, a 26-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced court for the first time. In a 90-minute hearing the accused sat in the dock in Auckland District Court. After the hearing a man from the public gallery shouted "scumbag" at him as he was led back to the cells.
A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane https://t.co/nhRTkke6pB