Chilling footage shown at murder trial

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 year.

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 fractures.

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 street.

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 holiday.

"He loved to travel, loved to get on a plane."

She said Mr Cottrell left work about 5.30am.

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