Teens accused of Cottrell murder in court
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 2:01p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Two teenagers accused of murdering Radio New Zealand journalist Phil Cottrell have appeared in court today for a pre-trial hearing.
Nicho Waipuka, 19 at the time, and Manuel Robinson, 17, were arrested by police last year and charged with murdering Mr Cottrell.
They will defend the charge when their trial starts on December 3 at the High Court in Wellington.
The Crown alleges they attacked Mr Cottrell on Boulcott St in Wellington when he was walking home after a nightshift in December last year.
He sustained serious head injuries and was put on life support after surgery. It was later turned off by members of his family.
The hearing today discussed the admissibility of evidence.
Robinson left the court with his Mum, step-dad and brother.
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9/10/2012 10:18:15 p.m.
Well i think thats stupi, why should the parents be held accountable because these teens are at the age where they between right and wrong, and dont be so judgemental on a situation you know nothing about.
21/07/2012 1:35:07 p.m.
Excuse me people who are writing comments keep your opinions to yourselves they are not angry disturbed teens thank you so get it right, you don't know them I do so say nothing at all, They have a right for a fair trial and for people to not judge them as they say Innocent till proven Guilty!!!
20/07/2012 3:49:24 p.m.
Theres seem to be very angry and disturbed teens. What has happened in their own life to make them do this to another human? Their parents should be responsible and accountable too for their behaviour.
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