An elaborate web of lies concocted by the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane collapsed when he was confronted by a picture of himself entering his hotel with a suitcase, a court heard today.
Video footage of the defendant's first police interview was played to a jury at Auckland's High Court in New Zealand today.
It showed him trying to convince police for more than an hour that he said goodbye to Grace, 22, of Wickford, Essex, after their Tinder date ended and he went drinking with friends instead.
But he was forced to concede he was lying after detectives presented him with a CCTV still of him entering the hotel where Grace died with the suitcase she was discovered in.
Jurors were also shown images of the shocking moment detectives found the suitcase Grace's naked body was found in buried in a wooded area outside Auckland.
A video of the alleged killer's (left) interview with police was played to jurors at Auckland High Court in New Zealand today
Grace Millane (pictured on her graduation day from the University of Lincoln) 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
CCTV stills show the defendant with the suitcase inside CityLife hotel in Auckland, New Zealand
Shocking pictures played to the jury today reveal the moment police discovered the body of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane in a suitcase in the wood
For more than an hour, the 27-year-old gave an account packed with details of how he said he had spent the night of his Tinder date with Grace five days before.
With a photograph of the young university graduate, then being treated as a missing person, on the table in front of him, he said he had said goodbye to Grace with 'a hug and a kiss on the cheek', hoping to see her the next day to celebrate her 22nd birthday.
Then he told Detective Sergeant Ewen Settle, he had gone to meet a work colleague but ended up drinking himself into a stupor in a pub and waking up in his apartment the next day believing he had been carried in by the concierge.
He was a heavy drinker at weekends, he said, when he tended to 'go crazy', and after sharing cocktails with Grace he had gone to a bar and drunk 10 glasses of Tui beer, paid for in cash, and treated 20 other people to drinks.
He said he woken up the next morning, had 'a bit of a vomit' looked at his phone and seen it was 10am.
Forensic examiners are pictured marking out the area where the suitcase containing Grace's body was buried