25 Jan 2019

Grace Millane murder accused appeals to keep name secret

6:04 pm on 25 January 2019

The man accused of murdering Grace Millane has filed an appeal against a judge's decision not to grant him name suppression.

Flowers and candles were left for Grace Millane after the vigil in central Auckland this evening.

Candlelit vigils were held across the country for Grace Millane after news of her death prompted discussion of violence against women in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Katie Scotcher

The 27-year-old man's name has remained a secret since his first court appearance in December.

That's because his lawyer, Ian Brookie, indicated he would appeal Judge Evangelos Thomas' decision to refuse name suppression.

This afternoon the High Court registry confimed Mr Brookie had lodged an appeal to be heard on 7 February.

Ms Millane went missing from Auckland's CBD on the eve of her 22nd birthday.

Her body was found in the Waitākere Ranges a week later.

The man pleaded not guilty to murder at his first High Court appearance last week.

He will go to trial in November.

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