Industry rounds on planning reforms

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Murdered sex worker was turning her life around, court hears

first_imgOneNews 11 February 2014Christchurch woman Ngatai ‘Mellory’ Manning was in the process of turning her life around after years of prostitution when she was murdered, a court has heard.Ms Manning went missing from Manchester St on the night of December 18, 2008. Her body, partially dressed and badly beaten, was found in the Avon River the following morning.Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, a Mongrel Mob prospect at the time of the murder, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and killing the 27-year-old.The High Court in Christchurch heard evidence today from Ms Manning’s partner.He said Ms Manning was working one last night as a prostitute to pay for Christmas presents for her family when she was attacked. He said the couple were trying to get off drugs and were taking methadone, a drug prescribed by doctors to help addicts get clean.The Crown alleges Fawcett picked Ms Manning up from Manchester St and took her to a gang pad in Galbraith Ave where she was attacked as part of a gang initiation.Prosecutor Pip Currie yesterday told the jury the Mongrel Mob was taxing sex workers on Manchester St at the time of Ms Manning’s death, and that she had refused to pay them.Ms Manning’s partner told the court she had been working on the street since she was 14 years old, and that she would never have voluntarily get into a gang car, or with someone with a facial tattoo.Several women who worked alongside Ms Manning today spoke of the gang’s standover tactics and intimidation, demanding to be paid $20 for each job the prostitutes did. read more

He is proud Pakistani: Mohammad Amir’s wife hits back at trolls questioning his loyalty

first_imgDays after Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, aged 27, announced his retirement from Test cricket, reports surfaced that the left-arm pacer is planning to permanently settle down in the United Kingdom. However, Amir’s wife has rubbished the rumours about him wanting to play for England.Amir’s wife, Nargis Malik, who is a British national, took to social media to give an explanation that the Pakistan cricketer is loyal to his country and has no plans to play for England.”Even though we don’t need to explain our decision to anyone but for the people who care n support us my husband @iamamirofficial doesn’t need to play for England or any other country he is a proud Pakistani and loves playing and representing his country PAKISTAN. Not just him even if our child Minsa ever wants to play cricket she will represent Pakistan like her father as it’s his wish,” Nargis posted a note on Twitter.”He has retired from test cricket only not cricket. He has done that so he could give more to one day and T20 and make his country proud like always, she said. I wish peace to all the negative people out there may Allah help u positivity is a great blessing from Allah may all the negative people be blessed with that.”@iamamirofficial amir (@narjiskhan25) July 30, 2019Amir has been married to British national Nargis Malik since September, 2016 and is eligible for a spouse visa, which allows him to stay in England for 30 months.advertisement”He is clearly planning to obtain a British passport and permanently settle down in England in future,” a well-informed source had said earlier.”With a spouse visa he can work freely and enjoy other benefits as a permanent resident of UK which is why he is planning to also purchase a house in England,” the source added.Amir announced his retirement from the longest format on Friday having played 36 Tests in his chequered career that saw him being banned for spot-fixing.The speedster had to face heavy criticism from former Pakistan cricketers for his retirement at just 27 years of age.Also Read | Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir planning to settle down in the UKAlso Read | Tried everything possible with Mohammad Amir: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur on pacer’s Test retirementAlso Seelast_img read more