Wellington journalist's killer to be sentenced

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 charges.

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.


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