Jesse Shane Kempson Wiki: A 26-year-old New Zealand man Jesse Shane Kempson accused of murdering a 22-year-old British backpacker and dumping her body in bushland was ‘creepy’ and obsessed with girls, a former softball teammate has said.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on condition of anonymity, the man said he didn’t get along with murder suspect Jesse Shane Kempson and tried to avoid spending time away from the field with him.
- Jesse Shane Kempson was a different sort of character,’ he said.
- Jesse Shane Kempson was creepy towards girls. His life revolved around girls, talking to girls.
- was always trying to get with younger girls… he was very quiet around the boys.’
— coimbrafiho (@coimbrafiho) November 6, 2019
Jesse Shane Kempson Facts
- Jesse Shane Kempson, 26, is accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, in New Zealand
- The man had two stints living in Australia, during which he played softball for multiple teams
- A former teammate said he was ‘creepy’ and ‘his life revolved around girls, talking to girls’
- Kempson, who is believed to have stayed with his mother in Australia, also fathered a child in the country
- Family members have said he is not currently in a relationship with the child’s mother
Jesse Shane Kempson Latest News
Police in New Zealand is looking for a shovel they believe was involved with the murder of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane.
Grace Millane, from the town of Wickford in southeastern England, was last seen in a hotel in Auckland on December 1. Police found a body that they believe is Grace Millane‘s on Sunday.
A 26-year-old man Jesse Shane Kempson charged with Grace Millane murder appeared in court on Monday.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard said on Tuesday that detectives were looking for a shovel. He said they were searching an Atlas Trade “hardwood long handle, round mouth shovel,” and released a picture of a similar shovel.
“At this point, we don’t know where this item is. It could be anywhere between the Scenic Drive and central Auckland areas,” he added. “Someone may have come across it, picked it up and taken it home. We need to speak to that person or anyone who has seen it.”
He did not say how the police believe Jesse Shane Kempson was involved in the killing.
Beard added that there has been “a great deal of public speculation about what happened to Grace.”
“It is with great reluctance that I will only confirm the following, and say that Grace’s body was intact when it was recovered,” he said.
According to the BBC, Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for around two weeks after finishing up a six-week group trip to South America. Grace Millane had been traveling around the world after finishing her studies at the University of Lincoln.
The judge in the case, Evangelos Thomas, said in court on Monday that there would be no judgment that day, though he said he hoped that “justice for Grace is fair, swift and ultimately brings you some peace,” Radio NZ reported.
“There will be in all likelihood a number of procedural issues we need to deal with today. Those are all part and parcel of a process that has judgment as its end goal, not its starting point,” he said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also apologized to Grace Millane‘s family on Monday.
“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 … especially to those who are visiting our shores.”