Mellory Manning killer appeals conviction

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 14:28 11/06/2014
Mauha Huatahi Fawcett
Fairfax NZ

CONVICTED MURDERER: Mauha Huatahi Fawcett was sentenced to life in jail for the murder of Christchurch sex worker Mellory Manning.

Relevant offers

Crime

Rise of sex predator female teachers: 'This is no Romeo and Juliet romance' Aggravated robbery at Waikato petrol station Woman stabbed in neck near Manurewa RSA in Auckland Jonathan Milne: Like 'em or loathe 'em, Destiny Church pastors are teaching prison inmates to take responsibility Serco bans Brian Tamaki's son-in-law from South Auckland prison SAS calling for 'integrity' in wake of Afghanistan death revelations Parents and newborn baby intercepted in desperate boat bid to reach NZ, detained in Indonesia My sweetheart the murderer: Kiwi falls in love with American prisoner serving life without parole Pre-employment drug testing shows increase in meth use by professionals Asylum seekers locked up in Auckland prison – New Zealand's own Manus Island

The Mongrel Mob prospect jailed for life for the murder of Christchurch sex worker Mellory Manning has lodged an appeal. 

Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, 26, was sentenced to at least 20 years in jail for his part in the murder of Ngatai "Mellory" Manning in December 2008.

On the night of her death, Manning, 27, was lured from the corner of Manchester and Peterborough streets and driven to a Mongrel Mob pad in Galbraith Ave, Avonside.

She was then stabbed, strangled, sexually violated and bashed with weapons by a group of mobsters before her half-naked body was dumped in the Avon River.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman confirmed Fawcett lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence on May 14. 

A date for an appeal hearing had not yet been set, she said. 

Fawcett conducted his own defence during his six-week trial in February and March. 

His former lawyer, barrister Craig Ruane, was appointed as amicus curiae, meaning counsel to assist the court.

Fawcett told the jury he made a false confession to police because he was "coached" into it, or that he was high on methamphetamine.

The Crown said Manning's murder was a "planned hit" organised by senior Mongrel Mob members, either because she owed the gang a drug debt or did not pay "tax" to the mob when she worked on the street.

After the jury found Fawcett guilty, police said their inquiry was not over, as others were "clearly involved" in Manning's death.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content