A month after telling police he took part in the brutal
murder of Christchurch prostitute Mellory Manning, Mongrel
Mob prospect Mauha Fawcett backtracked on his story.
"It just feels like it's so easy for the Mob to get me. It's
just been really hard on me for the last few weeks ... The
mob can kill me anytime,'' he later told police.
Mauha Huataki Fawcett, 26, known within gang circles as 'Muck
Dog', denies murder and is representing himself with
assistance from an amicus curiae at a High Court trial in
He claims police pressured him into making false confessions
that he was present when city sex worker Miss Manning, 27,
was killed on or about December 18, 2008 over an alleged
On Friday, Fawcett claimed police offered him protection from
the Mob, a safehouse, a gang bulldog tattoo removed from his
right cheek, and a cash reward if he helped lead them to Miss
Manning's killers. He also claimed police "coached'' him into
The Crown says Fawcett - then aged 21 - either took part in
the killing, or was there as a party to Miss Manning's
Her mutilated and partially naked body was discovered
floating in the Avon River the day after she was killed.
Over the next nine months, Fawcett was interviewed five times
by police, who initially treated him as a potential source of
It wasn't until August 2009 that he was formally interviewed
and he confessed to being present when Miss Manning was
bashed, raped, and stabbed.
But he later backtracked from his earlier version of events,
saying he wasn't present during the attack.
During a third formal interview, on September 19, 2009, he
told Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald that another mobster
killed Miss Manning.
The four-hour interview was played in its entirety to the
In the recording, Fawcett is initially reluctant to speak,
fearing the gang will get him for narking.
But Mr Fitzgerald urges him to tell the truth and get the
"I never hit her, Tom,'' Fawcett tells the senior officer.
"You told us you did. Why did you include yourself in that
then?'' Mr Fitzgerald asks.
"I just felt that if I put myself in there, then maybe I can
just stay away from the rest of the Mongrel Mob,'' the murder
The trial, before Justice David Gendall, continues.