A man is accused of killing British backpacker Grace Millane and went on a Tinder date while her corpse still in a suitcase in his room.
The 27-year-old, who has name suppression, is charged with murdering Ms Millane on the night of 1 December last year.
But instead of calling 111, he searched "Wāitakere Ranges" - the area where he eventually buried her body in bush, 10 metres from the road.
Phone records allegedly showed the defendant had searched online for "the hottest fire", "large bags near me" and "Waitakere Ranges" - where Ms Millane's body was later found contorted inside a suitcase - before going on another Tinder date later that day. Closed circuit cameras filmed the couple kissing before heading to the man's hotel apartment, prosecutor Robin McCoubrey told the Auckland court.
CCTV footage filmed them walking, the accused's arm around Ms Millane, to CityLife where they entered the lobby and caught the lift to the third floor to the defendant's apartment. 'Only two people know what happened in that room, one of them can't tell us, the other one hasn't told the truth, ' Mr McCoubrey told jurors.
But the accused had plainly gone to some lengths to break any forensic links between him and Ms Millane'.More news: People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why - 47abc
The jury has heard - from Ms Millane's father David, who was sitting in the public gallery with her mother Gillian this morning - that the last message she sent her family was a picture of a Christmas tree with the location pinned at SkyCity.
The defence team argue her death was an accident after he applied pressure to her neck during rough sex with her consent and encouragement.
His lawyer Ian Brookie said it was a simple case of an accident involving a young couple who had engaged in consensual sexual activity with the sole objective of pleasure. His defense lawyers said Grace died accidentally as a result of a consensual sex act that went wrong.
He insists Grace's death was a misfortune, after "acts meant to enhance physical pleasure went incorrect" during consensual physical intimacy.
He went on a second Tinder date on 2 December before hiring a professional cleaning service.
It is the last time she is seen alive. "It occurred during a perfectly ordinary casual sexual encounter between a young couple who met up on Tinder", Brookie instructed the courtroom.More news: A Previous Trademark Filing from EA for Skate has been Discovered
Ms Millane had been visiting New Zealand.
Grace's remains were found twisted inside a suitcase in the foetal position in a shallow grave on 9 December, the court heard.
However, Brookie said what his client did after Millane died may have been motivated by fear that he would not be believed.
In it, David Millane said his daughter was in contact at least once a day during her travels but that contact ceased on December 1.
The trial is predicted to final 5 weeks.More news: India strips British Modi critic of overseas citizenship