If gang prospect Mauha Fawcett knew who killed Mellory
Manning he would've given them up to police, he told court
today in an impassioned plea.
"My life is on the line here... I've got nothing to gain from
the Mongrel Mob," Fawcett said on day 17 of his murder trial
in the High Court at Christchurch.
Fawcett, 26, known within gang circles as 'Muck Dog', denies
murdering the Christchurch sex worker.
He is representing himself in court with assistance by an
Fawcett claims police pressured and "coached" him into making
false confessions that he was present when Miss Manning, 27,
was killed on or about December 18, 2008 over an alleged
The Crown says Fawcett - then aged 21 - either took part in
the killing, or was there as a party to her brutal murder.
Her mutilated and partially naked body was discovered
floating in the Avon River the day after she was killed.
Today, a former Mongrel Mob member was recalled to court to
be cross-examined by Fawcett himself.
The witness, who has name suppression, had earlier said
Fawcett had told him he'd been at the Galbraith Ave gang-pad
when she was killed and that he had stabbed her once.
Fawcett denied making a confession to murder.
The witness again said that he had, and claimed that Fawcett
had even showed him court paperwork which backed up his
"You also told me ... your life was on the line with the
Mongrel Mob," the witness said.
"You were fearing for your own life, what they would do to
you. What did I tell you back then? Give them up."
Fawcett replied: "If I knew who it was, I would've put them
up there all right. I've got nothing to gain from the Mongrel
Fawcett told Justice David Gendall that he was not happy with
how his amicus curiae, lawyer Craig Ruane, cross-examined the
witness last time, and that's why he wanted the witness
"My life is on the line and in this witness' hands and he's
coming in and accusing me of this. I did not say that to this
The witness stuck by his claims.
He went on to tell the court that the day Miss Manning's body
was found, there was a meeting called at the mob house.
Afterwards, Fawcett "freaked out", stole one of the
gangster's cars, and disappeared, he claimed.
"You know, he couldn't handle the pressure."
The trial continues.