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Manning murder trial begins closed court sessions

February 27, 2014 | By More
Manning murder trial begins closed court sessions

The Mellory Manning murder trial has begun hearing days of evidence which is suppressed and cannot be reported, and is being heard in a closed court.

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Deterrent imposed on red-handed red-zone burglar

February 26, 2014 | By More
Deterrent imposed on red-handed red-zone burglar

A red-zone burglar caught with a tap he was stealing still in his hand, was sentenced to prison for four-and-a-half months.

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‘Complex homicidal assault’ killed Mellory Manning

February 26, 2014 | By More
‘Complex homicidal assault’ killed Mellory Manning

Injuries to Christchurch sex worker Mellory Manning show that she was killed in “an extremely sustained and determined assault” that included 10 different blunt force wounds to the head, pathologist Dr Martin Sage told the High Court at Christchurch.

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Fawcett says he lied about being involved in killing

February 25, 2014 | By More
Fawcett says he lied about being involved in killing

Murder accused Mauha Huatahi Fawcett says pressure, threats, and promises made him tell lies to the police about the death of Christchurch sex worker Mellory Manning at the hands of the Mongrel Mob.

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Axe attack on sex worker described at trial

February 25, 2014 | By More
Axe attack on sex worker described at trial

Murder accused Mauha Huatahi Fawcett tells of a gang member “whacking” sex worker Mellory Manning with a small axe in his seventh interview with the police investigating the case.

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Murder accused tells of being ‘haunted’

February 24, 2014 | By More
Murder accused tells of being ‘haunted’

Murder accused Mauha Huatahi Fawcett has spoken to the police about feeling “haunted” after the death of sex worker Mellory Manning. [Updated report]

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Preventive detention may be sought for child sex offender

February 22, 2014 | By More
Preventive detention may be sought for child sex offender

An open-ended preventive detention jail term may be considered for a 36-year-old Timaru man who used a video recorder and cellphone to document much of his sex offending against six children.

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Jail term despite police officer’s intervention

February 21, 2014 | By More
Jail term despite police officer’s intervention

A troubled Amberley man has ended up with a six month jail sentence in spite of the best rehabilitation efforts of the community constable he threatened.

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Helen Milner jailed for at least 17 years for murder

February 20, 2014 | By More
Helen Milner jailed for at least 17 years for murder

Helen Elizabeth Milner has been jailed for life with a non-parole term of 17 years for a murder where she poisoned and probably smothered her husband to get his life insurance money. [Full report]

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Crown seeks 18-year non-parole jail term for Helen Milner

February 20, 2014 | By More
Crown seeks 18-year non-parole jail term for Helen Milner

The Crown is asking for a minimum18-year non-parole term as part of Helen Elizabeth Milner’s life prison term for murdering her husband.

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