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Mallory Manning murder accused told 'hang yourself'

Published: 5:52AM Monday April 02, 2012 Source: ONE News

An Auckland man charged with the murder of Mallory Manning has again been remanded in custody.

Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, 24, appeared in the Christchurch District Court this morning and has been remanded, without plea, until April 30.

A spectator in the public gallery yelled abuse as Fawcett made a two-minute appearance in court.

As he was taken to the cells after his brief appearance, a man in the public gallery called out: "Hang yourself."

Defence counsel Craig Ruane said no application for bail was made.

Fawcett was living in Christchurch at the time of the killing in December 2008 when Manning was picked up from Manchester Street while working as a prostitute.
She was then allegedly taken to a former Mongrel Mob headquarters in Avonside where she was assaulted, strangled and brutally stabbed.
Police believe a number of people were involved but arrested Fawcett after a DNA sample was recovered from Manning's body. Detective Inspector Greg Williams said on Friday that Fawcett has been ruled out of being linked to a semen sample.

Williams said at the time of the murder Fawcett was living in Christchurch and had definite links to the Galbraith Ave property where Manning is alleged to have been murdered.

Fawcett is facing two charges, of kidnapping and murder. He did not seek name suppression when he appeared in the Auckland District Court on Friday afternoon, with his lawyer saying he did not commit the crimes.

- With Fairfax