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NZ: Prostitute's clients shy on talking to police (Canterbury)

Publish Date: 03 Dec 2011
Source: The Press
By: Keith Lynch

MALLORY MANNING: Her body was found in the Avon River at Dallington.

The clients or sexual partners of a murdered Christchurch prostitute have not come forward despite repeated calls from police.

In September, police said they had a full DNA profile from a semen sample recovered from Mallory Manning's body soon after she died, but they had not matched it to her killer. The 27-year-old woman was stabbed and then bashed with a blunt weapon on the night of December 18, 2008. Her body was found in the Avon River in Dallington the next day.

Police have not recovered any murder weapons.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams said this week: "We haven't yet identified who this DNA sample belongs to."

Manning may have had clients or may have been seeing someone police do not know about, and Williams urged any such person to come forward.

He said that since the latest appeal, several people had provided useful information.

Police investigations would continue into the new year, he said.

Police believe Manning was attacked at a section occupied by the Aotearoa Mongrel Mob at 25 Galbraith Ave in Avonside.

She was dumped in the Avon River about 11pm.

Williams said police inquiries had focused on members of the gang, but others were not being ruled out.

"We know there are people out there who have got specific information about the case and they shouldn't be afraid to approach us," he said.

Manning's brother Robin said the family were playing a "waiting game".

"Obviously, people know who out there is responsible, but for whatever reason they are not coming forward," he said.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call police on (03) 3637400 or, to provide information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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