Accused acted 'sketchy' after killing
A man accused of murdering Christchurch sex worker Ngatai "Mellory" Manning Manning turned up at a woman's house covered in blood and acting "sketchy" hours after the killing, a court has heard.
The following day, he told the woman he had "done something bad" and that he had been having nightmares, but that he could not tell her what it was.
Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, 26, is on trial in the High Court in Christchurch for murdering Manning, 27, on or about December 18, 2008.
A woman giving evidence has told the court that Fawcett - who she knew as "Muck" - turned up at her house in north Christchurch in the early hours of December 19.
She knew it was that date because December 18 was the anniversary of a family member's death, and she had been drinking with family that day.
The woman met Fawcett earlier in 2008 and they became friends. She knew he was a Mongrel Mob prospect, specifically for one patched mobster.
She went to bed about 11.30pm or midnight on December 18, but was woken by "a bang" in the early hours of the morning.
She got up; found Fawcett at the door with blood on his trousers, t-shirt and boots.
He told her he had "been out fighting" with the other mobster.
Fawcett was "on edge" and "different from how he usually was".
"He was sketchy when he came to my house. It wasn't him."
He asked for a shower and she went back to bed.
When he came into her room about 20 minutes later, he turned the light on.
He was wearing different clothes. He asked for a rag and sat on the end of the bed trying to clean his boots.
He told her he and the mobster had been "cruising around" in a four-wheel-drive.
She offered to wash his clothes, but instead he put his clothes in a plastic bag from the kitchen, and then left in his car.
She noticed in the morning her towel was missing.
On December 19, the woman went to hospital as she had injured her hand the previous day.
The injury required a lengthy surgery, and Fawcett visited her in hospital, she said.
"I told him he looked tragic. He hadn't been sleeping."
Fawcett told her, "he'd done something bad but he couldn't tell me".
"He said he had been having nightmares. He was a mess."
Asked about his clothes from the previous night, he told her he had "got rid of them" by burning them in a bonfire. He wore different shoes.
"He told me he was going away."
She presumed he left that night, as she did not see him again.
The Crown says Manning was picked up from the corner of Manchester and Peterborough streets and taken to a Mongrel Mob pad in Avonside where she was bashed, raped, strangled and stabbed before her body was dumped in the Avon River.
At the time, the Mongrel Mob was trying to take over Manchester St, and the court heard earlier that Manning owed the Mongrel Mob money, either for drugs or for "tax" on her jobs.
The Crown says Fawcett was among a group involved in the killing, but Fawcett says he made a false confession to police.
The woman told the court that a few weeks before Manning's murder, Fawcett and the other mobster told her they had been "standing over' the working girls in Manchester St and getting money from them.
"I was told one girl ... was refusing to pay," she said.
She was not told her name.
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