Sophie Elliott's mother Lesley has joined the outcry of voices aghast at the needless killing of a British backpacker.

Kiwis and travellers alike have hit social media saddened and now angry that Grace Millane's life was suddenly taken while on a night out in Auckland last weekend.

As a 26-year-old Auckland man prepares to go before a judge in court today, the news of Millane's death naturally brings back horrific memories for Lesley Elliott whose daughter was killed by her then on-off boyfriend Clayton Weatherston 10 years ago.

Elliott, the mother of Sophie Elliott who was stabbed to death by crazed boyfriend Weatherston in their Dunedin home agreed, saying "why shouldn't they be able to be free to do what they want?"

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"It just doesn't seem fair."

Grace Millane's father, David, at a press conference on Friday. Photo / Doug Sherring
Grace Millane's father, David, at a press conference on Friday. Photo / Doug Sherring

She added it was the same argument around what women wore when they went out - they should be able to wear what they want without men thinking they're being provocative.

Elliott said she felt for Millane's parents, both her father, David, in New Zealand, and her mother and brother who remain in the UK.

"I just feel absolutely devastated for the family because I know how they are feeling. She came over here a beautiful, bright, bubbly young lady who's come to travel the world and this is what happens."

She said it would be some cold comfort for the family to be able to have her body back.

"I think the worst thing must be if you don't."

Lesley Elliott holds a photo of her daughter Sophie Elliott who was murdered by Clayton Weatherston in 2008. Photo / File
Lesley Elliott holds a photo of her daughter Sophie Elliott who was murdered by Clayton Weatherston in 2008. Photo / File

Elliott, a nurse, was home when her daughter was brutally murdered by Weatherston; she was downstairs when she heard her scream.

"While this might sound a bit ghoulish and horrible, I'm glad I was here for Sophie."

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She said she knew Sophie died quickly.

Elliott is today preparing to pack and move out of the family home where Sophie died, moving to a smaller property with her oldest son, Nick, 44.

Police cordoned off an area of Scenic Dr, Henderson, yesterday after discovering the body of murdered backpacker Grace Millane. Photo / Doug Sherring
Police cordoned off an area of Scenic Dr, Henderson, yesterday after discovering the body of murdered backpacker Grace Millane. Photo / Doug Sherring

Meanwhile, women on social media continue to express their anger and frustration at Millane's death saying they should be safe when enjoying a night out.

One woman, a visitor to New Zealand, said people needed to stop asking why she was going on a date with a stranger and instead be saying "that girls [or anyone for that matter] should be able to do whatever the hell they like".

"Many of us travelled alone and my first night i spent in NZ, was actually spent in Auckland in the base hostel, I also went out that night with people I didn't know... because it's natural when you're travelling to do all of these things. It's how you meet people and how you make friends."

Another wrote how "our country feels such disgrace about what happened to you, and most of us do feel responsible as a Whole country, for not dealing with the violence in our country that has now resulted in a beautiful innocent womans death".

Police want sightings of this 2016 red Toyota Corolla hatchback between 6am and 9.30am Monday, December 3.
Police want sightings of this 2016 red Toyota Corolla hatchback between 6am and 9.30am Monday, December 3.

Meanwhile, police investigating Millane's death are still calling for anyone who may have seen a 2016 red Toyota Corolla hatchback that was hired from a central Auckland rental car company just before lunchtime last Sunday.

Police want sightings of the car in the West Auckland area between 6am and 9.30am last Monday, December 3.

Officers found Millane's body yesterday in an area of bush and scrub off a layby not far from the Waitakere dam carpark.