A jury has been shown chilling footage of Phillip Cottrell's
alleged killers running up a Wellington street just moments
after he passed the same security cameras.
The Wellington journalist was beaten and left unconscious in
central Wellington just after 5.30am on December 10 last
A taxi driver found him on Boulcott St shortly after the
attack but he died in hospital the next day from fatal head
injuries, surrounded by friends and family.
Nicho Waipuka, 20, and Manuel Robinson, 18, were charged with
his murder and are on trial in the High Court at Wellington.
They have both denied the charge.
Yesterday, the jury of seven women and five men was told Mr
Cottrell's skull shattered into 20 pieces when he was
assaulted as he walked home from his overnight shift as a
bulletin editor at Radio New Zealand.
Mr Cottrell suffered from osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic
disorder which made his bones brittle and more prone to
The jury was this afternoon shown CCTV footage from cameras
on Boulcott St moments before and after the attack.
Footage from an apartment showed Mr Cottrell walking down the
eastern side of the street about 5.35am. Less than a minute
later, figures alleged to be Robinson and then Waipuku ran up
the opposite side of the street.
CCTV footage from the Telecom building, closer to the scene
of the attack, showed just 39 seconds passed between Mr
Cottrell walking by and his alleged killers running up the
Earlier, Radio NZ bulletins subeditor Anne Jolly, who had
known Mr Cottrell for about five years, said he was "lively,
chatty" when she arrived at work about 4.15am.
She said he had been booking some tickets for another
"He loved to travel, loved to get on a plane."
She said Mr Cottrell left work about 5.30am.