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13:00 Mon Apr 2 2012
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The man charged with the 2008 murder of prostitute Mellory Manning has been yelled at when appearing in court in Christchurch
The man charged with the 2008 murder of prostitute Mellory Manning has been yelled at when appearing in court in Christchurch

The man accused of murdering Christchurch prostitute Mellory Manning was the target of abuse from the public gallery when appearing in Christchurch District Court.

Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, 24, was arrested in Auckland on Thursday and charged with the kidnapping and murder of Ms Manning in Christchurch in December 2008.

At his appearance on Monday, Judge Jane Farish remanded him in custody, without plea, until April 30, the Christchurch Court News website reports.

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

As Fawcett was taken to the cells after his brief appearance, a man in the public gallery called out to him, "hang yourself".

Ngatai Lynette Manning, 27, also known as Mellory, was last seen on December 18, 2008, working as a prostitute on the corner of Manchester and Peterborough streets.

Her beaten and stabbed body was found in the Avon River the next morning.

Through forensics, police established a nearby Galbraith Ave property was the most likely murder scene.

Police have spoken to 500 people of interest, taken more than 1000 statements and received more than 600 calls from the public.

In 2010 police offered a $50,000 reward for information but no one came forward.