The man who killed Wellington journalist Phillip Cottrell in
a brief but violent attack will be sentenced today.
Nicho Waipuka, 20, was cleared of murder but found guilty of
manslaughter by a jury in the High Court at Wellington in
December last year.
His co-accused Manuel Robinson, 18, was cleared of all
Mr Cottrell, who had brittle bones as a result of a genetic
condition, suffered a shattered skull in the attack as he
walked home from work at Radio New Zealand in central
Wellington early on December 10, 2011.
He died in hospital the next day.
Justice Forrest Miller will sentence Waipuka in the High
Court at Wellington.