Ngatai 'Mellory' Manning
The brother of slain Christchurch prostitute Ngatai
'Mellory' Manning is relieved her killer "won't be able to hurt
anyone else" after he is sentenced today.
Mauha Huataki Fawcett, known within gang circles as 'Muck
Dog', denied murdering Miss Manning, 27, on December 18,
But the Crown said the 26-year-old either took part in her
brutal slaying at a gang pad that night or was party to it.
In March, a jury of six men and six women took just under six
hours to unanimously find Fawcett guilty of murder.
This morning, he will be sentenced at the High Court in
Miss Manning's brother Rob, a city car dealer, isn't sure
what to expect today.
"Considering his role in my sister's death, I imagine it will
be around the 10-15 year mark," Mr Manning said.
"But sometimes when you think people should get harsh
sentences, they get light ones, and vice versa.
"I'll just feel happy that he's not going to be able to roam
around and hurt anyone else, or at least be party to hurting
Miss Manning, a long-time sex worker, had turned her back on
prostitution for several months after the sudden death of her
sister Jasmine earlier in 2008.
But on the night of December 18, she was back on the streets,
trying to raise money to buy Christmas presents for her
She was picked up by gangsters at her usual spot at
Christchurch's red light district in what the Crown alleged
had been a pre-planned and well-organised hit by the Aotearoa
chapter of the Mongrel Mob where Fawcett would earn his gang
She was driven the short distance to the Mob's pad at
They took her inside a shed and turned up loud music before
raping her and beating and stabbing her with various weapons.
Once she was dead, they stood around her mutilated body and
shouted 'Sieg heil' and barked like dogs, the four-week trial
The Crown contended that mobsters, including Fawcett, dumped
her naked body in the Avon River.
Fearing the gang would dob him in to police or else take him
out over fears he would talk to police, Fawcett fled the
Over a series of police interviews, he incriminated himself
in the killing, but later back-tracked.
During the trial, Fawcett, who has a British bulldog tattooed
on his face, conducted his own defence, with assistance by an
He claimed police had "coached" him into making false
The police investigation into Miss Manning's death remains
"It's very clear in evidence of this trial that there were
other people involved in this murder and we certainly intend
to bring those people to justice," investigation head
Detective Inspector Greg Williams said after Fawcett was
Mr Manning said he hoped others involved in the killing would
be brought to justice and he was supporting the police
- By Kurt Bayer of APNZ