Murder-accused declines giving evidence

04:13, Mar 04 2014
Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.
Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.

Murder-accused Mauha Huatahi Fawcett has this afternoon declined to give evidence in support of his defence. 

The trial has adjourned for the day so Fawcett, with assistance from assisting counsel Craig Ruane, can prepare a closing statement. 

Fawcett, 26, is accused of murdering sex worker Ngatai Lynette Manning, known as Mellory, on or about December 18, 2008, and is conducting his own defence.

Mauha Huatahi Fawcett
ACCUSED: Mauha Huatahi Fawcett appears in the Christchurch High Court. He denies murdering Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.

Manning's body was found in the Avon River on the morning after her death.

Closing addresses will commence at 10am tomorrow, starting with the Crown. Judge Gendall said it was likely the jury would retire to consider their verdict on Thursday.

The Crown concluded its evidence earlier today. 


Fawcett cross-examines ex-Mongrel Mob member

Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, who is accused of murdering sex worker Mellory Manning, today cross-examined a former Mongrel Mob member, putting it to him that his story was "made up".

On the 17th day of Fawcett's trial in the High Court at Christchurch, the witness said Fawcett and two other men turned up at his house in the early hours of the morning after Manning's death.

He said Fawcett had told him a "sob story" about what had taken place, which he didn't believe until he saw the news on television the next day.

He said Fawcett told him he feared for his life, and the witnesses had either set him up, or dropped him in it, and that he had had to take some part in the attack because he thought he would get his gang patch.

"He told me what happened to her, and he told me his role in it," he said.

He denied making confessions to the man about what had happened when Manning was attacked.

Fawcett said he had shown the former Mob member the witness statements and the autopsy report. The witness had made up a story from those, Fawcett said.

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