Grace Millane’s killer jailed- why can’t we name him?

The killer of British backpacker Grace Millane has been handed a life sentence at Auckland High Court.

But while the fate of the 28-year-old is able to be reported, his name cannot be published for legal reasons.

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file photo issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust of Grace Millane, 22, who was killed in New Zealand in December 2018. Ms Millane's father wiped aside a tear as he heard his daughter's body was found twisted inside a suitcase "in the foetal position" a week after the British backpacker went missing.
A general view of Auckland High Court in New Zealand where a 27-year-old male defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons is accused of strangling British backpacker Grace Millane from Wickford, Essex, during rough sexual intercourse at his apartment in the centre of the city on either December 1 or December 2, 2018, the date of Ms Millane's 22nd birthday. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 6, 2019. See PA story COURTS Millane. Photo credit should read: Benjamin Cooper/PA Wire
General view of exterior of Bluestone Room, Auckland, the last place where Grace Millane drank with her alleged killer. A 27-year-old male defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons is on trial accused of strangling the British backpacker from Wickford, Essex, during rough sexual intercourse at his apartment in the centre of the city on either December 1 or December 2, 2018, the date of Ms Millane's 22nd birthday. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 7, 2019. See PA story COURTS Millane. Photo credit should read: Benjamin Cooper/PA Wire
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file photo issued by Auckland City Police of Briton Grace Millane, 22, who died after being involved in consensual sexual activity including choking, a forensic pathologist who gave evidence on behalf of the man accused of her murder said, according to media reports in New Zealand.
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: A photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 16: Police maintain a presence outside the Auckland High Court on January 16, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. A 26 year old man is charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, whose body was found in bush in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on 9 December 2018. The man pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for November 04. Name suppression continues . (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Several hundred people walk up Queen Street in a silent march to remember Grace Millane on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Several hundred people walk up Queen Street in a silent march to remember Grace Millane on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Several hundred people walk up Queen Street in a silent march to remember Grace Millane on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Tributes are pictured outside the CityLife Hotel on Queen Street on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Several hundred people walk up Queen Street in a silent march to remember Grace Millane on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Several hundred people walk up Queen Street in a silent march to remember Grace Millane on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Several hundred people walk up Queen Street in a silent march to remember Grace Millane on December 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court last Monday charged with her murder. The judge has granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Members of the public look on during a vigil for British backpacker Grace Millane at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Members of the public look on during a vigil for British backpacker Grace Millane at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Kirsten Te Rito sings 'Make You Feel My Love' during a vigil for British backpacker Grace Millane at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
A woman holds candles during a vigil for murdered British backpacker Grace Millane at Civic Square Park in Wellington on December 12, 2018. - Vigils were held around New Zealand for murdered Millane, as her father thanked the South Pacific nation for an "outpouring of love" towards his slain daughter. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: A candle is placed next to a photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Three women sit under a photo of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square Park in Wellington on December 12, 2018. - Vigils were held around New Zealand for murdered Millane, as her father thanked the South Pacific nation for an "outpouring of love" towards his slain daughter. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Candles and flowers from members of the public surround a photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
A oman kneels next to candles and flowers near a photo of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane during the vigil for murdered British backpacker Grace Millane at Civic Square Park in Wellington on December 12, 2018. - Vigils were held around New Zealand for murdered Millane, as her father thanked the South Pacific nation for an "outpouring of love" towards his slain daughter. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Candles and flowers from members of the public surround a photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Members of the public pay their respects during a vigil for British backpacker Grace Millane at Civic Square on December 12, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: People gather to honour Grace Millane in Federal St on December 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: People gather to honour Grace Millane in St Patricks Square on December 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff speaks to those gathered to honour Grace Millane in St Patricks Square on December 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: People gather to honour Grace Millane in St Patricks Square on December 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday charged with her murder. The judge granted a suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 11: The floral tributes at the Titirangi roundabout grow larger for Grace Millane on December 11, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday morning charged with her murder. The judge today granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 11: The floral tributes at the Titirangi roundabout grow larger for Grace Millane on December 11, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday morning charged with her murder. The judge today granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: Flowers are left as a tribute to Grace Millane on December 10, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The body of 22-year-old Grace Millane was found in a section of bush just near Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges on Sunday, following an extensive search for the British tourist. She was seen on Saturday December 1 at the CityLIfe hotel in Auckland. A 26 year old man appeared in Auckland District Court this morning charged with her murder. The judge today granted suppression order prohibiting the publication of the accused's name. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 09: The scene where the body of British tourist Grace Millane has been found by New Zealand police in the Waitakere Ranges on December 09, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Police have been investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old British woman Grace Millane after she was last seen on Saturday December 1 in Auckland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 09: The scene where the body of British tourist Grace Millane has been found by New Zealand police in the Waitakere Ranges on December 09, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Police have been investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old British woman Grace Millane after she was last seen on Saturday December 1 in Auckland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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Here, the PA news agency answers some questions about the case:

– Why was Grace Millane's murderer granted anonymity?

The reasons for the so-called suppression order, like the name of the killer himself, cannot be given for legal reasons.

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Grace Millane, 22, was killed in New Zealand in December 2018 (Lucie Blackman Trust/PA)

– Under what circumstances can someone be given anonymity?

New Zealand law says that the court has to be satisfied that publication of the person's identity would cause hardship to the person charged, create a risk of prejudice to trial, or endanger the safety of any person as among the eight reasons for suppressing a defendant's identity.

– Why wasn't the murderer identified when they were convicted or sentenced?

Simply, because the order remains in place until the judge says it is lifted.

– What punishments are there for those who breach the order?

Under the Criminal Procedure Act, punishments can include a six month jail sentence and a fine of up to 100,000 New Zealand dollars (£49,000).

– Has anyone reported his name?

Yes. Some outlets outside of New Zealand have printed the name of the murderer. Breaching the order is not an offence which could lead to extradition and the long arm of New Zealand's suppression law does not stretch to those overseas.

– How are things different in the UK?

Defendants are only granted anonymity in a number of instances by British courts, including where they are under 18.

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