29 Mar 2012

Man charged with murder of Mellory Manning

5:57 pm on 29 March 2012

The 24-year-old man charged with kidnapping and murdering Christchurch woman Mellory Manning has been remanded in custody.

Ms Manning, who was working as a prostitute at the time of her death, was beaten and stabbed before her body was dumped in the Avon river in 2008.

Mauha Fawcett, 24, who has a Mongrel Mob emblem tattooed on his right cheek, is charged with unlawfully taking Ms Manning without her consent with intent to confine her, and murder on or about 18 December 2008.

Through his lawyer he said he did not want to apply for name suppression because he did not commit the crimes he is charged with.

He will appear in court in Christchurch on Monday 2 April.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams, who is heading the investigation into Ms Manning's murder, says Mr Fawcett has been a person of interest since the investigation began three years ago.

Mr Williams expects Thursday's arrest will identify other suspects in the case.

He says investigations to date have established that a number of people were involved in the kidnapping and murder of Ms Manning and inquiries are continuing to identify who those people are.

In September 2011, police announced they were trying to DNA match a semen sample taken from her body.

Mr Williams said Mr Fawcett was living in Christchurch at the time Mellory Manning was killed.