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Jury considering verdicts in Cottrell murder trial

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News staff - 17th December 2012

Phillip Cottrell
The jury has retired to discuss its verdicts in the Phillip Cottrell murder trial.

Manuel Robinson, 18, and Nicho Waipuka, 20, have been on trial in the High Court at Wellington for the murder of the gay Radio New Zealand journalist.

Cottrell suffered a shattered skull in an attack in central Wellington as he walked home from work early on December 10 last year.

A jury of seven women and five men have sat through two weeks of evidence from more than 65 Crown witnesses

Summing up the case this morning, Justice Forrest Miller said Mr Cottrell had died violently and had done nothing to provoke the attack.

"He was just walking home from work," he said.

"This is a sad case. We all have great sympathy for Mr Cottrell and his family."

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