The murder detective who helped nail Grace Millane’s killer has told of his heartbreak at watching the Brit’s dad “crumble” after her death.
New Zealand cop Scott Beard led the investigation into the murder of Grace, 21, who died when she was strangled by her Tinder date in December 2018.
The marketing graduate’s 28-year-old killer was jailed for life yesterday after being found guilty of her murder.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Beard said: "Every day he'd (David Millane) come to my office, every day we had a chat, sometimes I went and saw him at the hotel.
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"I just saw this really strong man, father figure, head of the family crumbling – and that's tough."
DI Beard spent hours with grieving Mr Millane after Grace’s body was found dumped in a suitcase in a forest.
"It was so emotional… his wife's on the other side of the world with cancer, he's just been told we've found his daughter murdered… yeah, how do you react to that?
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"You're numb, maybe you're expecting that at some stage but it still hurts."
Jailing her murderer for life with a minimum of 17 years in jail, Justice Simon Moore blasted: "You were a stranger, she trusted you. You are a large and powerful man, she was diminutive.
"You were in a position of total physical dominance."
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Grace's devastated mum told the fiend her daughter "died terrified and alone in your room".
She added: "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.
"The tears I shed are never-ending at the thought of never having the chance to kiss my Grace goodbye.
"I will miss my darling Grace until my last breath."
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