Cottrell suffered a condition that made his bones brittle and suffered both a broken neck and arm in the assault, along with head injuries. He died in Wellington Hospital surrounded by friends, colleagues and his sister and brother-in-law yesterday afternoon.
Born and raised in the UK, Cottrell moved to New Zealand just over five years ago and was one of the original members of Queers Gone Kiwi, a Wellington group for gay immigrants. He made a number of friends through the network and his death has left the many in our community who loved him in states of utter shock and heartbreak.
A team of 30 police staff is working on finding whoever is responsible for the killing so they can be brought to justice. Police seemed unaware of Cottrell's homosexuality until a GayNZ.com-prompted question was asked at today's press conference. However, at this stage they believe the attack was entirely unprovoked and unrelated to his sexuality.
Detectives have also charged a 35-year-old Parklands man, Timothy Kuka, with robbing a cask of wine from Hayden on the day they believe he was murdered.
The developments in the case come two months after Hayden's uncle appealed to the glbt community for any help it could provide in helping find the missing teenager, who police at one stage thought may have left Christchurch and headed north.
Police are today searching the Ruru Lawn Cemetery, based on information Hayden's body might be there. His family and friends are utterly distraught at the news police believe he has been murdered.
Hayden was a quiet teen with a passion for music, who battled depression and is reported to have had issues with drugs and alcohol. He spent a lot of time on Facebook, where his many online friends are now remembering him.
Koloamatangi went outside for a smoke in the early hours of 25 June, when he met Kaukau, who hit on him and according to Judge Roy Wade, made an "obscene suggestion" which Koloamatangi declined. The judge stated Koloamatangi hit Kaukau in the chin when he was propositioned again.
The punch caused Kaukau to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement, where he was left unconscious and bleeding from a head wound.
Kaukau suffered brain damage and spent two weeks in an induced coma and had operations to relieve pressure on his brain, including one where part of his skull was removed. He is now in a rehabilitation centre where he continues to make slow progress.
Judge Wade has said he will give Koloamatangi a shorter sentence for his early guilty plea and his clean record. He said his sentence would not be more than one year and he would also consider home detention and community detention.
GayNZ.com will be in Auckland District Court for the sentencing.
Phillips was a temporary non-sworn police officer who was painted by both the Crown and defence as having a "liking" for young men.
The pair had been drinking in Phillips' home after a workout session. Ahsee gave evidence Phillips had touched his thigh trying to get to his "nut" that night, before touching his ear. He said both times he batted Phillips' hand away.
In giving evidence he said he was extremely drunk and had blank spots from the night, and only grabbed a knife after being somehow knocked over in the kitchen as Phillips shouted at him. Ahsee said he just wanted to get out of the house and go home, but a fight ensued and he stabbed Phillips a total of four times in the upper body, with the initial stab wound Phillips' suffered in the kitchen proving fatal.
GayNZ.com will also be in court for this sentencing.
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