Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Man in court over Briton's murder

Nicho Waipuka, 19, is accused of murdering a British journalist Phillip Cottrell in New Zealand

One of the men accused of murdering a British journalist in New Zealand has appeared in court.

Phillip Cottrell, 43, was found unconscious by a taxi driver outside a Baptist Church on Boulcott Street in Wellington, near the offices of Radio New Zealand where he worked, on the morning of Saturday December 7.

The former BBC Scotland reporter and Independent Radio News news editor was taken to hospital but died the following day.

Police in New Zealand said two teenagers had been charged with his murder last month.

Nicho Waipuka, 19, appeared at Wellington District Court, where he was remanded in custody until his next appearance on February 3.

The second accused, 17-year-old Manuel Robinson, has been released on bail until the next hearing.

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