Accused stabbed Manning 'once dead'

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 13:33 18/02/2014
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Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.

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Murder-accused Mauha Huatahi Fawcett said he only stabbed sex worker "Mellory" Manning once after she had already died, a witness told the High Court at Christchurch today.

Fawcett, 26, who was a Aotearoa Mongrel gang prospect, has denied murdering 27-year-old Ngatai Lynette Manning, known as Mellory, on or about December 18, 2008, and is defending himself.

Manning's partly naked body was found in the Avon River on December 19, 2008.

Today's witness said he had a visit from three Mongrel mob members about 1am on December 19, about two hours after Manning's disappearance from Manchester St, but Fawcett stayed in the car.

One of the men had drops of blood on his trousers, he said.

Later that morning Fawcett turned up again and told him that the other two had killed Manning.

Fawcett later told the witness that the three men had driven around looking for Manning because she owed them money.

They took her back to the mob pad and one man raped her, but when another man tried to join in she fought back.

They bashed her, kicked her and hit her on the head with a steel bar, and Fawcett was told to stab her after she was dead.

The witness said Fawcett thought he was going to earn his patch for what took place, and for keeping his mouth shut.

But Fawcett told him he thought the mob might be thinking about taking him out because he was a bit young, and they didn't know if he had a big mouth, so he left Christchurch.

Today is the seventh day of the High Court trial before Justice David Gendall and a jury. The trial continues.

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