Two on trial over death of Radio NZ reporter

The trial of two men accused of killing a Radio New Zealand reporter has started in the High Court in Wellington today.

Nicho Waipuka, 20, and Manuel Robinson, 18, have pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering 43-year-old Phil Cottrell.

A jury of five men and seven women were sworn in this morning.

Mr Cottrell was badly beaten while he was walking home from working an overnight shift at the radio station on Boulcott St in central Wellington nearly a year ago today.

He was found fatally injured by a taxi driver early on December 10.

Mr Cottrell died in hospital a day later, surrounded by close friends and family.

Waipuka has been in custody since first appearing in court and Robinson has been on bail.

Nearly 70 witnesses will be called during the trial, which is set down for two weeks.


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