Mob called to hui on murder night

Last updated 14:38 03/03/2014
Mauha Huatahi Fawcett
John Kirk-Anderson
ACCUSED: Mauha Huatahi Fawcett appears in the Christchurch High Court. He denies murdering Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.
Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.

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Mongrel Mob members were called to a "hui" on the night of the killing of sex worker Mellory Manning, the murder trial of Mauha Huatahi Fawcett has been told.

The timing of the meeting has emerged from details of cellphone texts presented to the High Court in Christchurch at the beginning of the fourth week of the trial in which Fawcett, 26, denies a murder charge.

The Crown alleges Manning, 27, was taken from Manchester St's red light area late on December 18, 2008, and taken to a gang pad in Avonside where she was beaten, strangled, and stabbed before her body was dumped in the Avon River.

The jury has been given a large amount of detail about cellphone calls and texts among gang members, associates, and other witnesses from the period around when Manning was killed.

It includes a message calling a member to a hui that was to be held at 8pm that night.

The Crown is nearing the end of its presentation of its case. Today was the 16th day of the trial before Justice David Gendall and a jury.

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