A New Zealand national has been found guilty of the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane.

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The jury that considered the murder case said that the 27-year-old man whose name has not been made public intentionally killed the backpacker.

It took five hours for members of the jury, 7 men and 5 women, to reach the unanimous conclusion that the man was guilty.

David and Gillian, the parents of Grace Millane, broke down in tears as the verdict was handed down by the jury.

There was no hint of emotion on the face of the accused as he was found guilty of murder.

He will be sentenced next year in February.

Speaking to members of the press outside court, David Millane said that the family accepted the guilty verdict given by the jury.

“Grace was taken from us in the most brutal fashion. Our lives have been ripped apart. This will be with us for the rest of our lives. Grace was a beautiful, talented, loving daughter. Grace was our sunshine. She did not deserve to be murdered in such a barbaric way in her OE [overseas experience] year, " he said.

He expressed his gratitude for the kindness that the family had received from the police, prosecution, and the New Zealand people.

“We must return home and try to pick up the pieces of our lives, day to day, without our lovely Grace, " he added.