Man accused of Manning murder sent for trial

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 08:32 05/10/2012
Mellory Manning
MELLORY MANNING: Her badly beaten body was found in the Avon River.

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The man accused of kidnapping and murdering Christchurch prostitute Mellory Manning has been sent for trial in the High Court.

Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, 24, an unemployed man who was arrested in Auckland in late March, had his post-committal conference day today after it was delayed to allow the police more time to prepare their case.

A judge has now examined the briefs of evidence to be presented in the case and decided that it should be sent to the High Court for trial.

Fawcett remains in custody away from Christchurch before the High Court pre-trial conference, which has been set for December 14.

Manning, 27, was working as a prostitute along Manchester St on December 18, 2008. Her body was found in the Avon River the next morning.

Police believed she had been throttled, punched and struck on the head and legs with a metal bar and stabbed three times in the chest.

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