A New Zealand court has chosen a jury at the start of the trial of a man accused of murdering a British backpacker, media reports have stated, in a case that has shocked the South Pacific state.
A jury of seven women and five men had been chosen on Monday for the prosecution which will start hearing evidence after this week in the High Court at Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city.
The New Zealand Herald reported that Justice Simon Moore talked briefly to the prosecution, telling them to stay uninfluenced by the intense media coverage the case has created.
“Anything you’ve seen or heard outside the court doesn’t have any place on your deliberations and you have to purposely put those aside,” he explained.
Grace Millane, 22, who had been traveling after completing college, went missing from Auckland in December.
Police discovered her body shortly after in bushland only a couple of meters from a scenic drive in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges.
His title was suppressed with the court.
The killing shocked New Zealand, in which severe offense was considered comparatively rare and its countryside and cities believed secure.
Countless individuals held candlelight vigils following Millane’s departure in a nationwide outpouring of grief. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden held back tears as she apologized into Millane’s household on behalf of New Zealand.
The trial is anticipated to last about five months and Millane’s household would attend, based on New Zealand media reports.