CASE 4: Crime of the Week - Op Dallington Mellory Manning Homicide

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CASE 4: Crime of the Week - Op Dallington Mellory Manning Homicide

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  • CASE 4: Crime of the Week - Op Dallington Mellory Manning Homicide
  • CASE 4: Crime of the Week - Op Dallington Mellory Manning Homicide
  • CASE 4: Crime of the Week - Op Dallington Mellory Manning Homicide

Ten 7, Episode

33
30th September 2021

Police in Canterbury are making a fresh appeal to the public for information relating to the death of Mellory Manning in December 2008.

Mellory, also known as Ngati Lynette Manning, was 27 years old when she was sexually assaulted and murdered. She was dearly loved by her whānau, and 13 years on, Police continue their search, knowing the vital information leading to those responsible is in sight.

Mellory was last seen on the corner of Peterborough and Manchester Street in Christchurch on Thursday 18th December 2008. She arrived there to work at about 9.30pm, saw two clients, then arrived back at the corner at about 10.35pm. She was out that night specifically to get money to buy her family Christmas presents. Police know she was picked up again at 10.43pm, then 8 hours later at 6.40am, her body was found in the Avon River.

Mellory was subjected to a prolonged and violent assault by probably more than one offender, resulting in her death. Police know the Mongrel Mob gang were taxing sex workers in the area at the time, and that Mellory had stood up to them and refused to pay. The Mongrel Mob pad was about 200m away from where her body was found.

As a result of the post mortem, Police obtained a semen sample known as Male B, who has not yet been identified. Police believe it is only a matter of time before he is identified, and they ask that he comes forward before they knock on his door.

Police encourage anyone who knows the person responsible for the DNA sample, or knows any information, to get in touch. All calls received by the Police will be treated as confidential.

Mellory’s family have been waiting 13 years for closure, and Police believe someone from the community can provide them with the information they need.